The Verge: Twitter might build a paid subscription service for power users. “Twitter is considering offering a paid subscription to power users, including brands and news organizations, The Verge has confirmed. Twitter users today began tweeting screenshots of the survey and a mock-up of what the premium version of Twitter could look like, with new analytics, alerts about breaking news, and information about what an account’s followers are tweeting about. The advanced features would be contained within Tweetdeck, the company’s app for professionals. The core service would remain free.” Open up the API and charge for it! How many years have I been saying that? OPEN UP THE API AND CHARGE FOR IT!
Social Media Examiner: How to Choose the Best Live Video Platform. “Live video creates a unique, real-time experience that encourages your audience to comment and interact, turning individual customers into a community. In this article, you’ll discover the platform benefits and how to use live video on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.”
Poynter: I studied how journalists used Twitter for two years. Here’s what I learned. “Twitter reflects the good, the bad and just plain ugly reality of social media these days. Consumers are constantly migrating to new platforms for news. It’s a great challenge for legacy media companies. And for academics, journalists and voters, there’s never been a more crucial time to talk about the impact that Twitter and other platforms have on factual journalism that holds the powerful accountable to the citizens.”
CNET: Twitter shuts down more than 600K terrorist accounts. “Twitter says it’s rubbing out terrorism 140 characters at a time. In a report published Tuesday, the social network said that in the last six months of 2016 it suspended 376,890 accounts for promoting terrorism. Nearly three quarters of those suspensions were caught by the company’s own tools, Twitter said.”
TechCrunch: Twitter launching Live video API tomorrow. That’s actually today; the article was written yesterday. “Twitter is about to make it much easier for media publishers to post live video broadcasts with the launch of a live video API tomorrow morning. The API will let companies hook up professional broadcasting and video editing equipment to Twitter with more powerful integrations than Twitter’s existing Periscope Producer feature.”
The Verge: Facebook, Twitter, and Google must remove scams or risk legal action, says EU. “Navigating your way around the internet may seem intuitive if you’ve grown up with access to it most of your life — but for those who are just beginning to use social media platforms, it can be hard to detect scam from the constant stream of information. The European Commission has taken a step to prevent these types of web-based consumer fraud, ordering companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ to address and prevent them from appearing on their sites.”
New York Times: Social Media Attack That Set Off a Seizure Leads to an Arrest. “When the journalist Kurt Eichenwald opened an animated image sent to him on Twitter last December, the message ‘You deserve a seizure for your posts’ appeared in capital letters along with a blinding strobe light. Mr. Eichenwald, who has epilepsy, has said he immediately suffered a seizure. On Friday, the F.B.I. said it had arrested and charged a man for sending the electronic file, though the agency did not immediately release the suspect’s name or specify the criminal charges.”