Wired: Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think

Wired: Your Old Tweets Give Away More Location Data Than You Think. “An international group of researchers has developed an algorithmic tool that uses Twitter to automatically predict exactly where you live in a matter of minutes, with more than 90 percent accuracy. It can also predict where you work, where you pray, and other information you might rather keep private, like, say, whether you’ve frequented a certain strip club or gone to rehab.”

Reuters: Social media giants plan push-back on India’s new regulations – sources

Reuters: Social media giants plan push-back on India’s new regulations – sources. “Global social media and technology giants are gearing up to fight sweeping new rules proposed by the Indian government that would require them to actively regulate content in one of the world’s biggest Internet markets, sources close to the matter told Reuters.”

New York Times: Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown

New York Times: Twitter Users in China Face Detention and Threats in New Beijing Crackdown. ” One man spent 15 days in a detention center. The police threatened another’s family. A third was chained to a chair for eight hours of interrogation. Their offense: posting on Twitter.”

Fast Company: How I redesigned Twitter to be mostly harmless

Fast Company: How I redesigned Twitter to be mostly harmless. “As we did with nicotine, we may someday discover that there is no safe dose of Twitter. For now, you may be (or just feel) compelled to use the platform. But who says you have to inhale its tar-filled content-vapors unfiltered? What if, when you visited twitter.com (because if you haven’t already deleted the app from your phone, do that immediately), you saw something that was barely a social network at all–and something more like a harmless linkblog?”

The Atlantic: The Peaceful Transition of Government Twitter Accounts

The Atlantic: The Peaceful Transition of Government Twitter Accounts. “The various committees of the House of Representatives are strange, human institutions. They are staffed by whoever holds the majority, which, since January of 2011, had been the Republicans, but is now the Democrats. And with that change, the committees must deal with important business, such as establishing new chairpeople, deciding on organizing principles, and … handling the committee Twitter account.”

Engadget: Twitter will test new conversation features out in the open

Engadget: Twitter will test new conversation features out in the open. “Twitter is launching a new program to let users reshape how conversations on its site look and feel, the company announced today in an interview with Engadget at CES 2019. The idea is for users to try out new organization and context features with their followers, such as the status updates and ‘ice breaker’ tweets we saw being tested last year, which are designed to encourage people to talk to each other. “