Gizmodo: X/Twitter CEO Shares Video Ad That Features Tweets Dunking on Elon Musk. “One of X’s latest ads included some critical tweets, but CEO Linda Yaccarino reposted the ad without them claiming they made a new ‘high-res version.’”
Stony Brook University: Negative Retweets Add to Voter Fraud Conspiracy Theories. “A team of behavioral scientists using big data and a simulation-based model to analyze social media ‘tweets’ around the 2020 presidential election found that the spread of voter fraud conspiracy theories on Twitter (now called X) was boosted by a negativity bias.”
Mashable: X has hidden Quote tweets. Here’s how to find them.. “X/Twitter, which used to display Quote Tweets via a simple click, has been through a redesign recently. Now, you can no longer quickly access Quotes via a post itself — instead, you have to click the three dots in the top-right corner, then click on ‘View post engagements’ in order to see the Quotes. Sigh.”
Variety: Elon Musk Says X (aka Twitter) Will No Longer Let You Block Other Users. “Elon Musk’s latest tweak to Twitter, the former name of what he now calls X: Users will no longer be able to block other accounts — as Musk claims the feature ‘makes no sense.’ ‘Block is going to be deleted as a “feature”, except for DMs,’ the tech mogul posted on X Friday. ‘Makes no sense.'”
University of Portsmouth: New research uses AI to analyse propaganda tweets on Iranian nuclear deal. “Thousands of state-sponsored propaganda tweets on the Iranian nuclear deal have been analysed using artificial intelligence by experts at the University of Portsmouth.”
BBC: Weapons expert cut from government event due to Twitter posts. “A global expert on nerve agents, stood down from speaking at a government-backed conference, says he believes it is because he is outspoken on a range of issues including asylum policy. Dan Kaszeta was disinvited from Tuesday’s conference after his social media content was vetted.”
The Verge: A Twitter bug is restoring deleted tweets and retweets — including my own. “Earlier this year on the 8th of May I deleted all my tweets, just under 5,000 of them. I know the exact day because I tweeted about it. This morning, though, I discovered that Twitter has restored a handful of my old re-tweets; interactions I know I scrubbed from my profile. Those re-tweets were gone. I remember surveying my bare timeline with satisfaction before thinking, ‘great, time to draw attention to myself.’ But now they’re back.”
ZDNet: Deleted Twitter messages are reappearing for some users. “Say you deleted some Twitter messages. Perhaps, you just wanted to get rid of some blunders. Maybe, you tweeted some things you regretted, or you needed to erase some tweets that would land you in a lot of trouble with your boss. Well, you’d better check your Twitter feed. Those messages you thought were long gone may have reappeared.”
Engadget: Twitter will label tweets limited due to hate policy violations. “Twitter may have a looser stance on bans under Elon Musk, but it’s still willing to flag content that runs afoul of its rules. The social network will label tweets it believes are violating its Hateful Conduct policy. You’ll see a notice that Twitter is limiting the ‘visibility’ of the problematic post with an opportunity to learn more.” I don’t think this will answer the requirements of the Digital Services Act.
University of California Davis: UC Davis Study Finds Tweets Can Amplify, Disrupt, Unite and Divide. “Department of Communication researchers said their findings both in an observational study and simulation speak to the ongoing debate about social media’s contributions to political polarization, misinformation and echo chambers. To conduct their research, they analyzed millions of Twitter posts across the United States, finding that, among other things, people do not always isolate in their own communities, particularly during large world events.”
WIRED: How to Make a Public Archive of Your Tweets. “IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE IF you’re less enthusiastic about Twitter now than you were five years ago—the vibes are, as they say, off. You might even be contemplating deleting your tweets or setting your account to private. Either way, you have to ask: Do you really want all of your tweets to disappear from the web? Forever? There’s a happy medium, it turns out. You can make your own archive of tweets and even share it on your personal website. Here’s how.”
Mashable: ‘Why has my Tweet been deleted?’: New Twitter bugs just dropped.. “Another week, another new plague of Twitter bugs and glitches. Over the past few days, Twitter users have reported a wide variety of issues that greatly affect the platform’s functionality. Here are the most pressing ones.”
Washington Post: Antisemitic tweets soared on Twitter after Musk took over, study finds. “The study, which used machine-learning tools to identify likely antisemitic tweets, found that the average weekly number of such posts ‘more than doubled after Musk’s acquisition’ — a trend that has held in the months after Musk took over.”
PC Magazine: Good Luck Tagging Your Specific Location on Twitter Anymore. “Twitter’s sense of place is getting fuzzier: At the end of last week, the service appears to have dropped a location-tagging feature it added in 2015, leaving users unable to mark a tweet at a spot more precise than a neighborhood.” Happy to report that Pam’s Pin still works.
WIRED: I Got Investigated by the Secret Service. Here’s How to Not Be Me. “It was unbelievable to me that a federal agent saw my old drunken tweet and considered it important enough to be investigated, much less to find my contact information and call me to confirm whether or not I was a threat. Back then, I had an unhealthy relationship with Twitter.”