Twitter puts a tighter squeeze on spambots

June 30, 2018

Twitter has announced a range of actions intended to bolster their efforts to combat spam and” malicious automation”( aka bad bots) on its platform — including increased security measures around account proof and sign-up; extending an historic audit to catch spammers who signed up when its systems were more lax; and taking a more proactive approaching to recognizing spam activity to reduce its ability to make an impact. It tells…


The Persecution of Kelly Marie Tran: How Star Wars Fandom Became Overrun By Alt-Right Trolls

June 20, 2018

On Monday night, the Twitter account Star Wars Facts Star Wars: The Last Jedi ‘ s Kelly Marie Tran, the first female of colour to land a leading role in the mega-popular franchise, had” deleted all the posts off her Instagram due to months of harassment she has received for her attribute Rose in #TheLastJedi .” And while it’s probably not advisable to get all of your franchise report from…


Grimes defends Elon Musk, says he’s never prevented workers from unionizing

June 16, 2018

“It’s quite literally fake news.” Image: jason kempin/ Getty Images Since they stepped out together at the Met Gala, musician Grimes and Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s relationship hasn’t had the warmest of receptions. Quite a bit of the criticism comes from longtime followers of Grimes, a.k.a. Claire Boucher, known for being outspoken about her progressive politics. SEE ALSO: Grimes is legally changing her identify, thanks to Elon Musk It’s something…


Feds Seized a Fortune From #Resistance Icons Accused of Boosting Online Ponzi Schemes

June 9, 2018

In late 2016, federal agents testified up at the Fort Myers, Florida, dwellings of friends Brian and Edward Krassenstein, impounding information technology and financial records, and accused of using the anti-Trump “resistance” to path their own pockets, the Krassensteins have a documented history of involvement with shady internet get-rich-quick schemes–a history that one federal financial investigator had reason to believe amounted to war criminals conspiracy. ” There’s a lot of…


Trump faces defamation charge from Stormy Daniels over \

May 19, 2018

Stormy Daniels fights Trump with something Trump loves so dearly: a suit Image: Getty Images Donald Trump’s Twitter account has, once again, get him in some hot water, which should scandalize utterly no one. Trump is facing another Twitter-related lawsuit, but this time it’s for libel and — in a twisting that merely the best screenwriter could whip up — the plaintiff is adult film star Stormy Daniels( whose real…


Don’t believe that fake viral photo of Emma Gonzlez ripping up the Constitution

March 28, 2018

Emma Gonzalez attends March For Our Lives on March 24, 2018 in Washington, DC . Image: Noam Galai/ WireImage Emma Gonzalez’s arresting lecture at the March for Our Lives is one we won’t forget for years to come. But, as Gonzalez and millions of people marched to demand legislation to prevent gun violence, fake images of the activist ripping the U.S. Constitution were being circulated by self-professed NRA advocates. SEE…


Inside Twitters Bot Purge

March 20, 2018

Over the past 24 hours, Twitter abruptly deleted millions of reports as part of a massive crackdown on automated bots on the platform. The pulldown took place quite literally in the middle of the darknes, without warning or rationale from the company. Leading right-wing trolls and conspiracy theoreticians, many of whom woke up this morning has found that their follower amounts had immersed by the thousands, kicked off and outrage…


Zoos and aquariums are reviewing their animals and it’s kind of adorable

March 13, 2018

Image: francois guillota/ AFP/ Getty Images Zoos are giving swine Amazon-esque species ratings, and it’s candidly various kinds of great. The trend started Friday with the Oregon Zoo in a tweet hashtagged #rateaspecies. Other animal conservancies got in on the fun- including aquariums- informative ratings for people looking to, er, buy the products. SEE ALSO: We’re calling ‘fake news’ on the report that ‘Black Panther’ caused increases in black cat…


How Liberals Amped Up a Parkland Shooting Conspiracy Theory

March 11, 2018

The shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine’s Day inspired an energetic group of young activists to weigh in on the national debate on grease-guns, security, and personal freedoms. But as they found their voice, plot theories purporting that this organization is “crisis actors”–frauds pretending to be students–spiraled across social media and into the mainstream. As documented elsewhere, this idea of “false flag” operations and performers being…


Pro-Gun Russian Bots Flood Twitter After Parkland Shooting

February 21, 2018

Each new violating news situation is an opportunity for trolls to grab attention, provoke excitements, and spread propaganda. The Russian government knows this. Fake-news manufacturing teenagers in Macedonia know this. Twitter bot founders know this. And thanks to data-gathering activities from groups like the Alliance for Securing Democracy and RoBhat Labs, “the worlds” knows this. In the wake of Wednesday’s Parkland, Florida, academy shooting, which culminated in 17 fatalities, troll…


Yelp reviewers found the perfect word to describe Trump hotels

February 8, 2018

Since The Washington Post reported that Donald Trump allegedly requested lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here? ” during a White House discussion on America’s immigration deal, the president has been getting dragged. Trump’s offensive words struck a chord with people from El Salvador, Haiti, and countries in Africa, along with many others, and regrettably for him, some of those disappointed people have Howled…


Why Twitter wont remove Trumps nuclear tweet

January 28, 2018

Trump’s tweet raising the prospect of nuclear war with North Korea isn’t in violation of Twitter’s guidelines, the company says, and will remain online. In the tweet, Trump boasted that his “Nuclear Button” is “much bigger” and “more powerful” than the one are subordinate to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un- a combative and childish taunting that heightens serious doubts about Trump’s fitness for office, as well as to what…


Pro-Kremlin Twitter Trolls Take Aim at Robert Mueller

January 27, 2018

The dense network of pro-Kremlin Twitter accounts tracked by the group Alliance for Securing Democracy has spent the past year spreading chaos and discord about topics as diverse as NFL musicians refusing to stand during the national anthem and Al Franken’s alleged sex wrongdoing. It was simply a matter of time, then, before the troll army gave its visions on special attorney Robert Mueller. On the website Hamilton6 8, the…


Twitter Tried to Curb Abuse. Now It Has to Handle the Backlash

January 23, 2018

Conservative activist James O’Keefe has returned. In a series of illicitly filmed videos with current and former Twitter employees, the right-wing provocateur claims to have uncovered partisan bias at the social network. The offensive may have been inevitable. While O’Keefe’s Project Veritas has mainly focused on the means and liberal organizations, recent moves by platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube to more aggressively moderate customer content have left them exposed…


Donald Trump defended his mental stability and Twitter has some thoughts on that

January 13, 2018

Image: Jabin Botsford/ The Washington Post via Getty Images 2018 sure is off to a running start in Trumpland. The 45 th President of the United States kicked off a busy weekend of gathers at Camp David on Saturday with a brief, fiery tweetstorm that — even at this early point in 2018 — is already a surefire candidate for the year’s most memorable. SEE ALSO: Why ‘Fire and Fury’…