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Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Twitter Fleets bug let some scrape videos even after expiration

Compared to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook owns, Twitter's big changes are relatively more sporadic. It took years for it to extend its 140-character limit and, to this day, still won't let users edit their tweets. When it does push out changes, though, they're often big, controversial, and rarely gets reverted. Its latest feature, an unabashed Snapchat and Instagram Stories clone, is the latest proof of that and so far it has been a disastrous launch, including a potential privacy-violating bug.

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YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

YouTube, Twitter, Facebook team to deal with anti-vax COVID content

Three of the biggest social media platforms -- Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube -- have teamed up in anticipation of increased COVID-19 vaccine misinformation, according to a new report. All three platforms have been used to spread fake news and disinformation related to the virus and the vaccine rapidly developed to treat it.

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Federal government clears debt collectors to use social media accounts

Federal government clears debt collectors to use social media accounts

Odds are most people know someone who has significant amounts of debt and hide from phone calls and receive tons of junk mail from debt collectors looking for money. The US government has given debt collectors a new method to go about trying to collect money in the US. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has cleared debt collectors in the United States to go after people using their social media accounts.

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Tom and Jerry movie trailer sets stage for 2021 – fans are furious, but why?

Tom and Jerry movie trailer sets stage for 2021 – fans are furious, but why?

Today we're taking a peek at the new trailer for the Tom and Jerry movie 2021. In it, we see a sort of Space Jam mix of cartoons and live action characters, a premise that's not entirely important, and all sorts of Tom and Jerry antics. This movie was announced with a suggested release date range that includes the entirety of 2021, so it could come at any time. The trailer also suggests that this movie will be released to theaters.

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Twitter Fleets roll out 24 hour auto-deleting stories to everyone

Twitter Fleets roll out 24 hour auto-deleting stories to everyone

Twitter is rolling out Fleets, its auto-destructing messages, to all users, having tested the Stories-like temporary posts in a beta earlier this year. Announced in March, Twitter Fleets launched in Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea as a way to share more passing comments and media than you might want remaining on your regular timeline.

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Twitter reveals the election alerts it’ll use to fight misinformation

Twitter reveals the election alerts it’ll use to fight misinformation

Only days ahead of the upcoming presidential election, Twitter has previewed a couple of new alerts it will show users at the tops of their feeds, both intended to combat misinformation and help keep voters informed. The reason, Twitter notes, is the unprecedented nature of this election, which has seen many people voting early by mail out of concerns about exposure to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Twitter is down on web and mobile and no one knows why

Twitter is down on web and mobile and no one knows why

Popular social media platform Twitter is down for users on both desktop and mobile for reasons that remain unknown at this time. Users began reporting issues with accessing content on the platform earlier today, an outage that is still in place as of 6 PM ET. Though the platform itself loads, Twitter doesn't currently display any content, instead slapping users with a 'Something went wrong' message.

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Twitter’s mysterious moderation tool leaks again as ‘Birdwatch’ feature

Twitter’s mysterious moderation tool leaks again as ‘Birdwatch’ feature

Twitter is developing a new feature currently called 'Birdwatch' that will enable users to add notes to tweets, providing potentially vital context to avoid misinformation. Based on existing examples of the feature as uncovered by data miners, Birdwatch appears to be a tool that enables users to add 'notes' to tweets, vote on whether a tweet is an example of misinformation, and allow future viewers to review the notes for context.

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Twitter on iOS will now prompt users to read articles before they share them

Twitter on iOS will now prompt users to read articles before they share them

Those who use social media frequently, whether it's Facebook, Reddit, or Twitter, will know that there's a seemingly large number of people who share articles after only reading the headline. It happens pretty frequently across all social media sites, and back in June, Twitter began testing a new feature meant to prevent users from sharing or retweeting an article before they've actually read it.

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Twitter Voice Tweets on iOS gets wider rollout, transcriptions coming

Twitter Voice Tweets on iOS gets wider rollout, transcriptions coming

A few months ago, Twitter rolled out a somewhat whimsical new feature that allowed users to attach voice messages to Tweets just like they would videos. It was meant to give a more human touch to Tweets for those moments when even emojis just aren't enough to convey the sender's feelings. Ironically, it also alienated a large group of Twitter's users and exposed one flawed aspect of the social media giant that it is now aiming to correct in future iterations of Voice Tweets.

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Twitter’s reply settings are now rolling out for everyone

Twitter’s reply settings are now rolling out for everyone

Back in May, Twitter started testing a new feature that allowed users to define who could and could not reply to their tweets. These changes were made in attempt to help people feel more comfortable sharing their thoughts on their own Twitter profiles. After a few months of testing, those features are now rolling out to everyone on the platform.

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Twitter buying TikTok makes better sense but faces same problems

Twitter buying TikTok makes better sense but faces same problems

That the US government under President Trump wants to ban TikTok in the country is no surprise. That it wants TikTok to sell to a US company in order to escape that ban, a deal that includes giving the US Treasury some percentage, is not a shocker either. What was rather unexpected was that Microsoft is apparently so interested in buying up the popular short-video social network that CEO Satya Nadella personally talked with government officials about it. It turns out, Twitter is another prospective buyer and it might actually be a better fit for a TikTok owner. Presuming, of course, it could even buy it.

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