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Twitter bans ads from RT and Sputnik citing electoral meddling

By DW Russia has been accused of trying to manipulate the outcome of the 2016 US presidential election. Twitter has taken action against two Russian agencies “effective immediately.” Twitter said on Thursday it will ban advertisements from RT, an English-language television news station formally known as “Russia Today,” and Sputnik, an English-language news website, from its popular short messaging service “effective immediately.” “This decision was based on the retrospective work

Russian Embassy in U.K. Says Everest is Part of Russia

By The Moscow Times The Russian Embassy in the U.K. said Mount Everest was part of Russia on its Twitter account before deleting the tweet on Monday. “Good morning! (Mount Everest, Russia),” the erroneous post read, with a photograph of the snow-capped summit attached. Wedged between Nepal and China, Mount Everest is nearly 2,500 kilometers away from the nearest Russian border. While the post might have been written off as an honest mistake, some observers quipped that “Crimea is not

Russian network TV show reportedly uses Twitter bots to fake fawning viewer feedback

By Meduza The producers of a new daily political talk show on the national TV network Pervyi Kanal have created an army of Twitter bots to post fawning comments they can show on air, presented as engaged public feedback, according to the newspaper Vedomosti. On June 20, the show’s hosts, Ekaterina Strizhenova and Anatoly Kuzichev, announced that viewers would be able to send comments and questions to the show via

Twitter rolls out three new ways to fight abuse

Twitter has long been criticized for how it handles abuse and trolls on its platform, and on Tuesday the company unveiled its latest attempt to deal with the problem with three new features. Just the beginning, more to come… https://t.co/cpZYUtY6aO — Ed Ho (@mrdonut) 7 февраля 2017 г. Twitter said it will prevent previously suspended users from creating new abusive accounts; it’s developing a “safe search” that lets users avoid

The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen

During the recent Christmas holiday, a disinformation campaign alleging the death of Queen Elizabeth II under the hashtag #mediablackout appeared on social media, and even reached the top Twitter trends in the United Kingdom. A recent BBC blog set out the whole affair, together with a timeline of the attack and information on the accounts involved. In particular, a faked screenshot of a BBC Twitter account was involved and the

Twitter Reports Massive Increase in Russian Government’s Content Removal Requests

The latest Twitter transparency report shows that the number of the Kremlin’s requests to take down content grew more than 25-fold in the second half of 2015, compared to reports from previous periods. According to Twitter, between the months of July and December in 2015 the Russian government and other official bodies, such as law enforcement agencies, submitted 1,735 requests to remove content from Twitter—more than 25 times the number

Russia Changes Its Mind, Asks Twitter to Store Russian User Data Locally

Russia’s Internet watchdog Roscomnadzor is demanding that microblogging service Twitter store its Russian users’ personal data on servers inside Russia. The demand is based on the recently introduced data localization law that came into force at the start of September. The new demand marks a turn in the censor’s policy towards the microblogging website, as previously Roscomnadzor had said Twitter was exempt from the norms of the law. On July

Russia Says Twitter Doesn’t Need to Comply With Its New Data-Localization Law

State officials have announced that Twitter can ignore a new law coming into force on September 1 that will require online services to store all Russian user data on servers located inside Russia. On July 17, Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s media watchdog agency, told the press that federal censors don’t consider the kind of user data Twitter collects to qualify as “personal information” under the new

How to Avoid Spending Eternity on a Twitter Search

Let’s begin by asking, could you find original witness tweets on Twitter about the crash of Malaysia Airlines MH17 in Ukraine? It is not enough to pick the correct search words to obtain swift results. Instead, it requires narrowing the search and using the search operators offered by Twitter. Let’s look through these operators and their functions. The simplest operators – And & Or – are helping us to use

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