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Netflix and Marvel are the latest victims of OurMine, a hacking group most known for breaking into social media accounts. Twitter accounts for both companies were hacked and OurMine made itself known in their respective feeds by posting to their millions of followers.
In another move away from reverse chronological listings, Twitter will pull up search results by relevance. It hopes to improve the search function by showing potentially more relevant information rather than just listing every tweet with a matching keyword.
Major internet companies are facing yet another lawsuit pertaining to ISIS propaganda. This legal action comes from the family members of three people killed during the nightclub shooting in Orlando earlier this year. The lawsuit holds Twitter, Facebook, and Google responsible.
Twitter users who rely on the social network as a source of news may soon gain another way to learn about the day's biggest stories. A breaking news alert feature is in testing and is being trialed with users. Many people were exposed to the alerts for the first time yesterday.
Vine isn't going away entirely, though the network side of the app will be disabled. While the hosting side of Vine is shutting down, the app will live on as a camera app, enabling users to continue recording and saving six-second videos. The shutdown was announced in October.
Twitter will consider an update to direct messages that will add support for encrypted content to that part of the app. CEO Jack Dorsey says the request for "secret, burn-after-reading" direct messages is something that's reasonable and will be considered internally.
Twitter was working on a unique messaging-style app as recently as September 2016, but it decided to cancel the project, reports BuzzFeed News. The app was going to be targeted at emerging markets and it was based on collections of tweets and "instant messages."
Twitter was notably absent from the Trump administration's tech summit earlier today and it reportedly didn't make an appearance due to an emoji dispute. Politico says Trump wanted there to be an emoji version of the #CrookedHillary hashtag, but Twitter wasn't on-board.
Twitter now includes a built-in livestreaming feature that removes the need to switch over to Periscope, a broadcasting app owned by the company. In the updated version of the network's app, a "live" option is found in the regular composition screen.
Twitter has fully eliminated Media Sonar's access to the social network's data due to its violation of a policy against data collection for surveillance. Media Sonar sold its tool to US law enforcement who used it to monitor protests, often those led by African Americans.
Some of the biggest names in tech are coming together to fight online terrorist content. Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Google will create a shared database that'll help each company track the "digital fingerprints" of terrorism-related images and videos.
Facebook, Twitter, Google, and others still aren't adequately addressing the problem of online hate speech, claims the European Commission. Those companies need to more effectively deal with hate speech soon. If they don't, new legislation may be enacted.
Moments creation on Twitter has expanded beyond the web and is now reaching mobile devices. Regular users have been able to construct Moments since earlier this year. The feature lets users create stories featuring tweets and photos from the network.
Individual tweets within conversations on Twitter are now being ranked on mobile devices. Based on a few factors, individual replies will appear higher or lower. This same setup has been on the web for a while. You can expand a tweet to see the full conversation as usual.
Developers who are using Twitter's Gnip and API tools for surveillance purposes aren't going to be tolerated, says Twitter. Those tools provide real-time access to the tweets of hundreds of millions of users, opening up the possibility for governments to monitor user activity.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was temporarily suspended from the service on Tuesday. He was entirely unavailable on the network for a few hours and he returned with an explanation, blaming the suspension on an "internal mistake." He didn't fully explain the mistake.
You can now stream live video content from Twitter on another platform. The network's app has been released for Android TV and is already available on Apple TV, Amazon's Fire TV, and the Xbox One. The service has been used to stream certain NFL games.
The Alt-Right's rise during the past couple years has partly come from its significant presence on social media, including Facebook and Twitter. Those networks have faced criticism from some groups due to Alt-Right personalities not being suspended for allegedly racist content.
In what appears to be a violation of Twitter's policies, the FBI has been using the network's Dataminr tool to monitor criminals and terrorist groups in real-time. Dataminr provides constant access to the site's posts, but it cannot be used for surveillance purposes.
In its continued fight against abusive behavior, Twitter has introduced more muting and reporting features. Muting, which is currently limited to specific people, will now be possible for keywords, phrases, emojis, and hashtags. Users can therefore filter out almost anything.