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Nigeria announces end of Twitter ban after six months

Nigeria will lift a ban on Twitter from midnight after the social media platform agreed to open a local office, among other agreements with authorities in the West African country, a senior government official said on Wednesday. The Nigerian government suspended Twitter on June 4 after it removed a post from President Muhammadu Buhari that […]

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Twitter permanently suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s personal account for repeatedly violating misinformation policy

Twitter suspended a personal account for Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene after “repeated violations” of the Covid-19 misinformation policy, the company said Sunday. “We permanently suspended the account you referenced (@mtgreenee) for repeated violations of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” Twitter said in a statement. “We’ve been clear that, per our strike system for this policy, we […]

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Weibo: China’s internet regulator fines its indigenous Twitter like platform $470,000

Chinese social media platform Weibo has been fined 3 million yuan (approximately $470,000) by China’s internet regulator for repeatedly publishing illegal information. The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said Weibo had violated a cybersecurity law on the protection of minors as well as other laws but did not give further details. It also said Beijing’s […]

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Indian PM Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter handle ‘very briefly compromised’

Indian PM Narendra Modi’s personal Twitter handle was “very briefly compromised,” the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a tweet early on Sunday. The matter was escalated to Twitter and the Prime Minister’s personal twitter handle @narendramodi was immediately secured, PMO India’s tweet said, adding any tweet shared during the brief period when the account […]

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Twitter removes 3,465 accounts citing “state-backed information operations”

Twitter removed 3,465 accounts operating as “state-backed information operations” that it linked to six countries: China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the erased profiles, about 2,048 “amplified Chinese Communist Party narratives” related to the treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province, the social media giant said in a statement published on Thursday. Another […]

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Twitter shares jumps 10% after Jack Dorsey announces resignation; CTO Parag Agrawal to take over

Jack Dorsey, the cofounder and public face of Twitter, will step down from his role as CEO, effective immediately, the company announced Monday. Dorsey will remain a member of Twitter’s board until at least next year. Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s chief technology officer, will take over as CEO. “I’ve decided to leave Twitter because I believe […]

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Twitter poll asks Elon Musk to dumb 10% of his Tesla stake to pay billionaires’ tax

Tesla CEO Elon Musk should sell about 10 percent of his Tesla stock, according to 57.9 percent of people who voted on his Twitter poll asking users of the social media network whether he should offload the stake. The world’s richest person tweeted on Saturday that he would offload 10 percent of his stock if […]

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Ethiopia is developing local rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp for better monitoring of its population

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency said. Ethiopia has been engulfed since last year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), which controls […]

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Twitter to make changes to new design and font after users complain of headaches and discomfort

Twitter is making changes to its new redesign, after users complained of headaches and discomfort. Unveiled only last week, the redesign mainly involved high-contrast colours and a custom-designed font, Chirp. At the time, the social network said it “might feel weird at first” but would improve content consumption and clean up “visual clutter”. But many, […]

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India: Twitter accounts of opposition leader Rahul Gandhi among thousands locked

Twitter has reportedly locked several accounts run by opposition party including that of Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. The accounts were locked after they tweeted a photo of the parents of a nine-year-old, who was allegedly raped and murdered in the capital, Delhi. The Congress party accused Twitter of acting on orders from the ruling […]

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Marjorie Taylor Greene: Twitter briefly suspends Republican lawmaker over ‘misleading’ tweets

Twitter briefly suspended the account of Republican lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene for posting “misleading” information about coronavirus. The social media giant said her account would be in “read-only mode” for 12 hours. Ms Greene, a Republican congresswoman, has been an outspoken critic of vaccines and the use of masks. Last month she apologised for likening […]

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‘Covid-19 vaccine misinformation killing people’: US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has warned that the spread of Covid-19 misinformation on social media is “killing people”. He was responding to a question from a reporter about the alleged role of “platforms like Facebook” in spreading falsehoods about vaccines and the pandemic. The White House has been increasing pressure on social media companies to […]