The Verge: Twitter’s fear of making hard decisions is killing it. “It’s true that Twitter has fewer employees, and less money, than its rivals at Facebook. And even its recent glacial pace of development is arguably faster than it was under previous CEO Dick Costolo. But time and again, Twitter’s move-slow-and-apologize ethos gets it into trouble. Today’s action against third-party apps illustrates the problem.”
AdWeek: Twitter Users Are Blocking Hundreds of Brands in the Hopes of Pressuring the Platform to Remove Alex Jones. “Tens of thousands of Twitter users this morning blocked hundreds of accounts associated with major brands like Nike, Pepsi and Uber in an effort to pressure the embattled social media platform into permanently banning controversial far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.”
Washington Post: Jack Dorsey says he’s rethinking the core of how Twitter works. “Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey said he is rethinking core parts of the social media platform so it doesn’t enable the spread of hate speech, harassment and false news, including conspiracy theories shared by prominent users like Alex Jones and Infowars.”
Media Matters: Twitter’s half measures against Alex Jones don’t make much sense unless he’s getting special treatment . “Jones’ wrist slap from Twitter makes it hard to draw any conclusion other than that he is receiving special treatment. Earlier this month, after Jones was banned from YouTube, Facebook, and other major online platforms, Twitter’s vice president released a statement claiming that Jones had not violated Twitter rules as he had on the platforms that banned him. CNN senior media reporter Oliver Darcy, however, found more than a dozen examples of content on the platform that appeared to violate the rules. Following Darcy’s reporting, Jones deleted the tweets and Twitter said the content did in fact violate the rules — but that because the tweets were deleted, no action would be taken.”
CNET: Looks like Tweetbot, Twitterrific and other Twitter apps are going to be crippled. “The reported change means the Tweetbot app is expected to lose several useful features, including instant timeline streaming on Wi-Fi, and push notifications for likes, retweets, follows and quotes. The changes are also expected to affect its Apple Watch app. After the API changes take effect, timelines will refresh every one to two minutes and push notifications will experience a similar delay, according to 9to5Mac. Neither Tapbots nor Twitter immediately responded to a request for comment.” The continuing saga of Twitter being awful to third-party developers.
Engadget: Adidas will livestream high school football games on Twitter. “Adidas has partnered with Twitter on a new series that will livestream high school football games happening all over the country on the social network. Titled, naturally, Friday Night Stripes, the show will broadcast friday night games throughout the sport’s regular season from September 7th until November 9th.”
Nieman Lab: Major internet companies might want to push their own point of view, but can they also take care of misinformation please and thank you. “According to a new survey by the Knight Foundation and Gallup, American adults feel negatively about major Internet companies tailoring information to them individually, acting as content arbitrators that enhances bias, and not being transparent about their methods. (Note: Knight has provided support to Nieman Lab in the past.) Those major internet companies in this context are Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and Twitter (surprise).”