Deadline: AI centre stage in weird and wonderful take on Festival Fringe

Deadline: AI centre stage in weird and wonderful take on Festival Fringe. “The researchers instructed the ImprovBot to repetitively mine the 100-word text descriptions of every show from 2011 to 2019, amounting to more than two million words. Online audiences will be allowed to interact with ImprovBot on Twitter that created the new shows based on previous fringe listings from 1pm on Friday, August 7. The bot will use this data to devise the world’s first AI-generated event blurbs for an imagined festival of comedy, plays, musicals, and cabaret.”

Business Insider: Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy

Business Insider: Twitter could be facing an FTC fine of up to $250 million over allegations that it violated an agreement over user data privacy. “Twitter disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that it is under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission related to allegations that it violated a 2011 consent agreement — and that it’s expecting a ‘probable loss’ of somewhere between $150 million and $250 million.”

ABC News (Australia): UNSW under fire for deleting social media posts critical of China over Hong Kong

ABC News (Australia): UNSW under fire for deleting social media posts critical of China over Hong Kong. “The official [University of New South Wales] account on Friday tweeted an article that quoted Human Rights Watch’s Australia director and adjunct law lecturer Elaine Pearson as saying: ‘Now is a pivotal moment to bring attention to the rapidly deteriorating situation in Hong Kong’. Several hours later, a further tweet was posted by UNSW reading: ‘The opinions expressed by our academics do not always represent the views of UNSW.'”

Rantt Media: Some 2020 Candidates Struggle To Get Verified On Twitter

Rantt Media: Some 2020 Candidates Struggle To Get Verified On Twitter . “On the matter of blue checkmarks, one of the most powerful Twitter initiatives to ensure election integrity is its candidate verification program. But complaints from candidates and their campaigns suggest that execution of Twitter’s candidate verification program needs some improvement. A blue checkmark, denoting verification on candidates’ profiles, has been elusive. A number of candidates who are on the ballot for Congress in November were frustrated by long delays in getting Twitter to verify their accounts. Others who are on the ballot in the general election still don’t have their accounts verified, as of this writing.”

MIT Technology Review: Why Congress should look at Twitter and Facebook

MIT Technology Review: Why Congress should look at Twitter and Facebook. “Removing popular individuals—and not just foreign influencers—is a significant step in the battle against disinformation, because influencers depend on their name as a brand. Without access to their name as a keyword, they experience difficulty reestablishing their audiences on other platforms. This is precisely why deplatforming works to prevent misinformation and harassment.”

The Verge: US files expanded charges against former Twitter employees accused of espionage

The Verge: US files expanded charges against former Twitter employees accused of espionage. This is NOT the recent big hack; it’s from before. “The US has filed new and expanded charges against two former Twitter employees and a third individual for allegedly spying on behalf of the government of Saudi Arabia. The three men have now been charged with acting as agents of a foreign government, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and wire fraud. One individual, former Twitter employee Ahmad Abouammo, was also charged with three counts of money laundering and falsification of records to obstruct the investigation.”

MIT Technology Review: It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans

MIT Technology Review: It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans. “Researchers have known for years that different platforms play different roles in coordinated campaigns. People will coordinate in a chat app, message board, or private Facebook group, target their messages (including harassment and abuse) on Twitter, and host videos about the entire thing on YouTube. In this information ecosystem, Twitter functions more like a marketing campaign for QAnon: content is created to be seen and interacted with by outsiders. Meanwhile, Facebook is a powerhouse for coordination, especially in closed groups.”

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads. “President Donald Trump has bought hundreds of messages on Facebook to accuse its competitor, Twitter, of trying to stifle his voice and influence the November election. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has spent thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook with a message of his own: In dozens of ads on the platform, he’s asked supporters to sign a petition calling on Facebook to remove inaccurate statements, specifically those from Trump.”

Mashable: ‘Vicariously’ app lets you snoop on other people’s Twitter timelines

Mashable: ‘Vicariously’ app lets you snoop on other people’s Twitter timelines. “You shouldn’t judge someone before you’ve walked a mile in their shoes — though in our extremely online present, scrolling a while in someone else’s feed may be more apt. Fortunately, there’s now an app for that. Created by ilk co-founder Jake Harding, Vicariously allows you to automatically create Twitter lists based on the users another account is following. So if you want to know what scrolling through Donald Trump, Kanye West, J.K. Rowling, or Hozier’s Twitter feeds might be like, this app can give you an idea.”

Mashable: Twitter hackers slid into more DMs than previously known

Mashable: Twitter hackers slid into more DMs than previously known. “The San Francisco-based social media giant has continued to release additional details of the July 15 hack that saw verified accounts compromised and used to push a classic cryptocurrency scam. Today, Twitter announced that more accounts had their direct messages accessed than was previously known.”

The Next Web: This AI uses emoji to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition

The Next Web: This AI uses emoji to protect BLM protestors from facial recognition. “If you’ve attended any of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, there’s a good chance you’ve been caught on camera. And if your image has been shared on social media, it could end up in a facial recognition database used by police…. These concerns led Stanford Machine Learning researchers to develop a new anonymization tool: the BLMPrivacyBot.”

Techdirt: Trumpian Loudmouths Apparently Losing Interest In Parler With No One To Play Victim To

Techdirt: Trumpian Loudmouths Apparently Losing Interest In Parler With No One To Play Victim To. “What a shock. Parler, the site that falsely claimed that it would be the ‘free speech’ alternative to Twitter, but who quickly realized that it was going to have to aggressively ban users as well, is apparently suffering from abandonment.”

TorrentFreak: Warning for Twitter Users in Japan Following Supreme Court Copyright Ruling

TorrentFreak: Warning for Twitter Users in Japan Following Supreme Court Copyright Ruling. “Twitter users in Japan are facing uncertainty after the Supreme Court ruled that people who retweet copyright-infringing images can have their details passed to copyright holders. The case centered around the posting of an image that was posted to Twitter without permission and was then retweeted in an automatically cropped format.”

Business Insider: A new algorithm could catch social-media trolls as they try to influence US elections. Researchers are offering it for free.

Business Insider: A new algorithm could catch social-media trolls as they try to influence US elections. Researchers are offering it for free.. “The tool, described in a study published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, works by learning to recognize known, common patterns associated with troll activity and disinformation campaigns. Russian troll accounts, for instance, have posted many links to far-right websites, but the content on those sites didn’t always match the posts’ accompanying text or images. Venezuelan trolls, meanwhile, have often posted fake websites.”

The PRC Twitter List: The Rise of China on Twitter (What’s on Weibo)

What’s On Weibo: The PRC Twitter List: The Rise of China on Twitter. “Over the past year, there’s been more media coverage on the growing influence of China on global media. When it comes to social media, Twitter has seen a significant surge in accounts representing Chinese official media, diplomatic missions, and state organizations. What’s on Weibo gives an overview of these Twitter accounts and the rise of China on Twitter.”