Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea (UC San Diego)

UC San Diego: Data from Behind Enemy Lines: How Russia May have Used Twitter to Seize Crimea. “Online discourse by users of social media can provide important clues about the political dispositions of communities. New research suggests it can even be used by governments as a source of military intelligence to estimate prospective casualties and costs incurred from occupying foreign territories.”

New York Times: Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos

New York Times: Twitter Tells Facial Recognition Trailblazer to Stop Using Site’s Photos. “Twitter sent a letter this week to the small start-up company, Clearview AI, demanding that it stop taking photos and any other data from the social media website ‘for any reason’ and delete any data that it previously collected, a Twitter spokeswoman said. The cease-and-desist letter, sent on Tuesday, accused Clearview of violating Twitter’s policies.”

Middle East Eye: Saudi Arabia’s bot army flourishes as Twitter fails to tame the beast

Middle East Eye: Saudi Arabia’s bot army flourishes as Twitter fails to tame the beast. “You only need to search Twitter for a hashtag relating to a country in the Middle East to find one of these bot accounts. They typically copy-and-paste the same content, and feature a video clip with the distinctive Saudi 24 logo in the bottom right corner.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Who is right about political ads, Twitter or Facebook?

Columbia Journalism Review: Who is right about political ads, Twitter or Facebook? . “As the 2020 federal election draws closer, the issue of online political advertising is becoming more important, and the differences in how the platforms are approaching it are more obvious. Twitter has chosen to ban political advertising, but questions remain about how it plans to define that term, and whether banning ads will do more harm than good. Meanwhile, Facebook has gone in the opposite direction, saying it will not even fact-check political ads. So whose strategy is the best, Twitter’s or Facebook’s?”

Dawn: Senate panel recommends pact with Twitter to block fake accounts

Dawn: Senate panel recommends pact with Twitter to block fake accounts. (This is Pakistan.) “The Senate Standing Commit­tee on Information Technology on Wednesday asked the government to enter into an agreement with Twitter’s management to share information and block fake accounts. The committee members asked the authorities concerned to identify accounts that were allegedly involved in defamation and harassment of individuals as well as organisations.”

The Verge: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on edit button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’

The Verge: Twitter’s Jack Dorsey on edit button: ‘We’ll probably never do it’. “Twitter users have been asking for the option to edit tweets ever since the service launched in 2006, but the company has always prevaricated, saying it’s looking into the problem, or considering it deeply, or a hundred other ways of saying ‘please stop bothering us about this, please.’ Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has given perhaps the most definitive answer on the question to date.”

BBC: Twitter apologises for letting ads target neo-Nazis and bigots

BBC: Twitter apologises for letting ads target neo-Nazis and bigots. “Twitter has apologised for allowing adverts to be micro-targeted at certain users such as neo-Nazis, homophobes and other hate groups. The BBC discovered the issue and that prompted the tech firm to act.”