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  • GOP student group apologizes over protest tweet

    November 9, 2015 4:20 PM

    COLUMBIA, Mo. - A University of Missouri Republican student group is apologizing for a tweet likening students protesting the school's handling of racial issues with Islamic extremism. The Mizzou College Republicans deleted the Monday morning tweet and said in a follow-up tweet that the post was "the opinion of... more »
  • Stars no more: Twitter ditches stars, adds hearts for likes

    November 3, 2015 12:11 PM

    NEW YORK - You'll no longer see stars on Twitter: The messaging service has removed the star icon found under every tweet and replaced it with a heart. Twitter Inc. said Tuesday it made the change because the star can be confusing to new users and the heart is more... more »
  • Twitter purging 336 workers as new CEO slashes costs

    October 13, 2015 9:58 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO- Twitter is laying off 336 employees, signaling CEO Jack Dorsey's resolve to slash costs while the company struggles to make money. The cutbacks announced Tuesday translate into about 8 percent of Twitter's workforce of 4,100 people. The purge comes two weeks after Twitter brought back one of its... more »
  • Snowden joins Twitter and follows the NSA

    September 29, 2015 2:40 PM

    NEW YORK - Edward Snowden, who has confounded U.S. officials since his abrupt departure from the country, has just found a new megaphone in Twitter. The former National Security Agency worker, who leaked classified documents about government surveillance, started tweeting Tuesday. The account, which is verified by Twitter, had more... more »
  • Cluster of showers in the middle of nowhere clogs timelines

    August 18, 2015 9:00 PM

    In case you missed it, a tropical depression formed on Tuesday. If you somehow missed that, certainly the internet informed you that a tropical storm was named. NOW: @NHC_Atlantic upgrades #TD4 to Tropical Storm #Danny ... details, plus more rain in #BatonRouge tonight @WBRZ . pic.twitter.com/d8Z9LAhxTv —... more »
  • Hulk Hogan takes to Twitter after WWE cuts ties

    July 27, 2015 7:26 PM

    NEW YORK - Hulk Hogan is taking to Twitter in the aftermath of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. cutting ties with him amid a report that the wrestling star used racial slurs in a conversation captured on a sex tape. The 61-year-old reached out to his... more »
  • Westboro BC to picket funerals for Lafayette victims

    July 24, 2015 1:37 PM

    LAFAYETTE - The controversial Westboro Baptist Church has announced via its Twitter account that the group will protest outside of the funerals of Lafayette theater shooting victims Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson. The church is known for picketing funerals of American service members and victims of mass shootings. ... more »
  • Police to share night shift with Twitter audience

    May 29, 2015 11:45 PM

    WALKER - Police will be using social media accounts to share their movements in a program the department is calling a "Virtual Ride Along." The agency announced its plan on Facebook Friday evening. The Walker Police Department said the program would happen in the next couple of weeks. ... more »
  • When popping the question to @POTUS, anything goes

    May 28, 2015 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - Give people a chance to pop a question to POTUS, and they'll take the invitation and run with it. President Barack Obama took to Twitter on Thursday for his first Q-and-A since setting up his POTUS handle last week. The suggested subject was climate change. But plenty of... more »
  • Twitter stock tumbles after earnings come out early

    April 28, 2015 4:03 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter's stock is falling sharply after the company's earnings - due to be released after the stock market closes - came out ahead of time. Trading in its stock was halted Tuesday afternoon after word spread of the premature earnings release. When trading resumed, the stock fell... more »
  • Social media explodes to help vet find girl he rescued during Katrina

    March 24, 2015 11:27 PM

    SAN ANTONIO - Air Force veteran Mike Maroney is taking his overnight sensation in stride, and hoping it will help him find the child he plucked off the roof of a house in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Monday, his story began circulating on the Internet. By Tuesday evening,... more »
  • Seahawks apologize for tweet comparing MLK, football

    January 19, 2015 5:14 PM

    SEATTLE - The Seattle Seahawks have apologized for a tweet that linked their improbable NFC championship game victory to Martin Luther King Jr. On Monday, the national holiday celebrating the slain civil rights leader, the team sent out a Twitter message that said, "We shall overcome." The tweet featured a... more »
  • Key military command's Twitter account hacked

    January 12, 2015 12:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Twitter account of the military's U.S. Central Command was taken over Monday by hackers claiming to be working on behalf of the Islamic State militants. American and coalition fighters are launching airstrikes against IS in Iraq and Syria. The site was filled with threats that said "American... more »
  • Twitter tracks other apps you've installed

    November 27, 2014 11:46 AM

    NEW YORK - Twitter says it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better. Twitter said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on, and can opt out using... more »
  • Patriots apologize after thanking racist tweeter

    November 14, 2014 10:00 AM

    FOXBOROUGH, MA - The New England Patriots are apologizing after sending out a tweet to thank a "fan" with a racist Twitter handle. The Patriots were holding a promotion to celebrate becoming the first NFL team with 1 million Twitter followers. The team asked fans to retweet a message about... more »
  • Twitter sues FBI, DOJ to release NSA request info

    October 7, 2014 1:14 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter is suing the FBI and the Department of Justice to be able to release more information about government surveillance of its users. Twitter Inc. filed a lawsuit Tuesday in a California federal court to publish its full "transparency report," which documents government requests for user information.... more »
  • MIT, Twitter team up on $10M social media project

    October 2, 2014 10:40 AM

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Twitter are teaming up on a $10 million project to better understand social networks and figure out new ways to benefit from them. As part of the five-year partnership, Twitter will provide full access to its real-time, public stream of tweets,... more »
  • Police: High school threats a 'prank'

    September 9, 2014 3:53 PM

    SLIDELL - Police said a threat made through social media that targeted Salmen High School in Slidell was a prank and that a full-scale investigation is underway. According to Slidell Police, students were not in danger at any time after the threats were made. "I can assure you... more »
  • Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

    August 26, 2014 12:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center. The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view... more »
  • Twitter: Govt. requests for user data increased

    July 31, 2014 2:26 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter says government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users. More than half of the requests came from the United States. Twitter Inc. said in a blog post Thursday that it... more »
  • TweetDeck back up after Twitter security fix

    June 11, 2014 12:57 PM

    NEW YORK - A tweet containing computer code has started propagating itself through Twitter by taking advantage of a security flaw in Twitter's TweetDeck application. In response, Twitter shut down the application's access to tweets. The tweet is automatically "retweeted," or sent out again, when processed by TweetDeck. Affected tweeters... more »
  • Tiger baseball team connecting with social media check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 21, 2014 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The LSU Tiger baseball team, when they're not on the field, like to have fun. Much of their personality is shown via social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Vine. While head coach Paul Mainieri says he's never tweeted, his team certainly knows what they're... more »
  • Teen accused of posting nude pic of friend online

    February 3, 2014 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Sheriff's deputies arrested a Baton Rouge teenager after they said she admitted to posting a nude picture of another teen on Twitter after they had a fight. Deputies arrested Hayley Douglas, 17, on Sunday. They said the photo was taken in May 2013 when the victim... more »
  • Twitter, NFL reach deal to show football videos

    September 26, 2013 9:53 AM

    NEW YORK - The National Football league struck a deal to show game highlights and other video content on Twitter ahead of the short messaging service's initial public offering of stock. The deal is part of Twitter's "Amplify" program, which lets TV broadcasters show ad-supported video clips in users'... more »
  • Twitter launches emergency alerts for phones

    September 25, 2013 2:08 PM

    NEW YORK- Twitter is launching an alerts feature that lets U.S. users receive emergency notices as text messages. Alerts are available from the American Red Cross, the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal and local groups. If users sign up to receive Twitter... more »
  • Social media banned while driving check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    August 1, 2013 5:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's already against the law in Louisiana to text and drive, but new laws are putting the brakes on using social media while driving. Most people News 2 spoke to today admitted that in the past, they've used their phone will driving. "All the time...that's... more »
  • Zimmerman, Martin families react on Twitter

    July 14, 2013 11:15 AM

    SANFORD, Fla. - The families of George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin are reacting on Twitter after the former neighborhood watch volunteer was cleared of all charges in the fatal shooting of the unarmed black teen. Zimmerman's brother, Robert Zimmerman Jr., says his family is relieved that the jury found George... more »
  • Facebook introduces hashtags

    June 12, 2013 12:49 PM

    NEW YORK - Facebook is introducing hashtags, the number signs used on Twitter, Instagram and other services to identify topics being discussed and allow users to search for them. Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that people will be able to click a hashtag to see a feed of discussions other users... more »
  • Twitter adds security measure to logins

    May 22, 2013 3:04 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter is adding an extra security measure to users' accounts in an effort to prevent unauthorized logins. Twitter said that users will be able to enroll in a login verification program. For those who sign up, Twitter will send a six-digit code using a text message... more »
  • Bears LB Urlacher announces retirement

    May 22, 2013 10:49 AM

    CHICAGO - Star linebacker Brian Urlacher says he's retiring after spending 13 seasons with the Chicago Bears. The eight-time Pro Bowler announced his retirement through social media accounts Wednesday. In a statement, he says "after spending a lot of time this spring thinking about my NFL future, I have... more »
  • Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter

    May 21, 2013 11:49 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that teens are sharing more about themselves on social media. They're also moving increasingly to Twitter to avoid their parents and the "oversharing" that they see on Facebook. In the Pew Research Center poll, 94 percent of teens who are social media users have... more »
  • House backs ban on drivers using social media

    May 16, 2013 1:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A ban on posting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while driving appears likely to hit Louisiana's law books. Both the House and Senate have easily approved the idea. The proposal has one more stop before reaching final passage after getting unanimous House backing Thursday.... more »
  • Lawmakers back ban on drivers using social media

    May 6, 2013 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - An attempt to ban posting to Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites while driving is nearing final passage in the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal, approved Monday by the House transportation committee, is designed to close what lawmakers call a loophole in the state law that... more »
  • Hackers compromise AP Twitter account

    April 23, 2013 12:42 PM

    LONDON - Hackers have compromised the main Twitter account of The Associated Press, sending out an erroneous tweet about an attack at the White House. The tweet, which said that there had been two explosions at the White House and President Barack Obama was injured, came after hackers made repeated... more »
  • Social media source for Boston Bomber manhunt Play Video

    April 19, 2013 6:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE- As viewers kept their eyes glued to the TV while the Boston Bomber manhunt ensued, they also used social media to keep updated on events. Whitney Breaux, a social media expert, knows the release of the suspects' images was a watershed moment for the case, thanks to... more »
  • EBR Schools monitoring social media check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Social media has changed the way many people interact on a daily basis. Sites like Facebook and Twitter is a great tool for communication, but it can also act as a gateway for cyberbullying and threats. This week, police arrested 18-year-old Kyle Blackburn after they said... more »
  • Live action: Twitter grabs Super Bowl spotlight

    February 5, 2013 6:24 AM

    NEW YORK - Twitter is reporting record numbers from the Super Bowl. Beyonce's splashy show, the power outage and a captivating game combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts. That's up from 13.7 million last year -- and that doesn't even include the chatter surrounding the ads. Twitter said... more »
  • Fake social media profiles appear in Baton Rouge check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 17, 2013 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend fiasco isn't the first time a ficticious social media profile has caused trouble, nor will it be the last. Just ask Ashley Hebert, a legislative analyst at the State Capitol and a beauty pageant queen. "I had a... more »
  • Library of Congress has amassed 170 billion tweets

    January 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress says it's amassed about 170 billion tweets since it began collecting an archive of all Twitter messages in 2010. Twitter is donating its archive to the library, going back to the first one posted in 2006. Library Director of Communications Gayle Osterberg wrote in... more »
  • Police using Twitter to offer virtual ridealongs

    December 27, 2012 11:22 AM

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A new approach to informing the public about what law enforcement officers do on the job is taking hold at police departments across the United States and Canada. With virtual ridealongs on Twitter, or tweetalongs, curious citizens don't even leave the comfort of their computer or... more »
  • Lolo Tweets about bobsled crash

    December 4, 2012 10:20 PM

    GERMANY- Former LSU track star Lolo Jones had a brush with disaster while practicing for a bobsled competition. The bobsled crashed with Jones and another person on it. Both were uninjured. Jones Tweeted: "God is real. I saw him today and he said 'come back later.'" Jones... more »
  • Twitter mistakenly resets passwords on some users

    November 8, 2012 12:42 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter says it mistakenly reset the passwords of some users as part of a routine security check-up. Thursday's mix-up triggered warnings on technology blogs and in tweets that the online messaging service had been attacked by computer hackers. Twitter sought to clear up the confusion with a... more »
  • Social media abuzz with hurricane chatter

    October 29, 2012 4:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Whether you call it Frankenstorm, Stormpocalypse or simply Hurricane Sandy, the giant weather system barreling into the East Coast is a favorite topic of conversation on social media from Facebook to Twitter. As people post updates to friends and family, relay emergency information and lighten the... more »
  • Mostly sunny and almost hot today

    October 5, 2012 12:14 PM

    Expect a delightful afternoon across the Capital City. An area of high pressure is to the east of Louisiana and that will bring in southerly winds. This will make it mostly sunny and almost hot with high temperatures in the upper 80s. The weather will remain nice this evening... more »
  • Lolo Jones causes stir over Eric LeGrand tweets

    October 3, 2012 10:31 AM

    UNDATED - Hurdler Lolo Jones trash-talked about head injuries to former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand after he jokingly challenged her to a race on Twitter. Jones didn't know the defensive tackle was paralyzed in a game. After LeGrand tweeted to Jones "want to race me?" on Tuesday night,... more »
  • Politics on Facebook, Twitter off limits to state workers

    September 20, 2012 10:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- There's a social media crackdown in some state government offices. Facebook "Likes" and Twitter "Follows" connected to political candidates are off limits to Civil Service Employees. Leaders say it's an online "bumper sticker" or "yard sign." Many of those are not allowed for workers. "When we... more »
  • Reporter knocks NBC, says Twitter account shut down

    July 30, 2012 3:00 PM

    LONDON - A Los Angeles-based reporter for a British newspaper says his Twitter account has been suspended after he criticized NBC's coverage of the Olympics. Guy Adams says in a story posted on The Independent website Monday that he was upset with the network's decision to broadcast the opening ceremony... more »
  • Twitter briefly down across much of planet

    July 26, 2012 12:27 PM

    LONDON - People around the world briefly experienced problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site. About three hours after the San Francisco-based company first acknowledged the problem by saying its engineers were "currently... more »
  • Twitter users in UK, US experience issues

    July 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    LONDON- People in Britain, the United States and elsewhere appear to be having difficulty accessing Twitter, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are due to officially launch and spike activity on the site. The social network's main website is unreachable from New York, London and Johannesburg. Twitter spokeswoman Rachel... more »
  • Severe thunderstorm watch until 8 PM for South Mississippi Counties

    May 7, 2012 1:24 PM

    The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8 PM for Amite, Pike and Wilkinson Counties in South Mississippi. These Counties are part of the WBRZ Viewing area. The storms could contain quarter to half-dollar size hail along with winds 60 mph or greater. The storms... more »
  • Patchy fog this morning with some storms this afternoon

    March 13, 2012 8:15 AM

    We have some dense fog this morning with visibilities less than 3/4 mile at times. Please use caution as you travel around town. Otherwise, it is mostly cloudy with some mist and temperatures in the 60s. The fog will dissipate around 9 AM, and we will be left with... more »
  • Demi Moore seeks treatment for exhaustion

    January 25, 2012 12:37 PM

    LOS ANGELES - A spokeswoman for Demi Moore says the actress is seeking professional help to treat her exhaustion and improve her health. Publicist Carrie Gordon says the decision is due to the stresses in Moore's life, and she looks forward to getting well. Gordon did not release any other... more »
  • Papa Johns Employee Calls Woman Lady Chinky Eyes on Receipt

    January 8, 2012 4:06 PM

    NEW YORK- Papa John's has apologized after an employee typed a racial slur on a receipt to a customer Friday at one of its locations in New York City. Minhee Cho posted an image of the receipt on Twitter, which called her "lady chinky eyes." "Hey @PapaJohns just... more »
  • U.S. hypersonic glider launched, contact lost

    August 11, 2011 12:54 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast. The agency says in Twitter postings that its unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 was launched Thursday atop a... more »
  • Hacking on Fox News Twitter reports Obama's death

    July 4, 2011 10:58 AM

    NEW YORK - Hackers broke into Fox's political Twitter account early Monday, posting updates saying President Barack Obama had been assassinated. A series of six tweets coming from the FoxNewsPolitics account reported that Obama had been shot to death in Iowa and the shooter was unknown. In a... more »
  • Democrats wrestle with how to end Weiner scandal

    June 14, 2011 3:26 AM

    WASHINGTON- With Rep. Anthony Weiner resisting calls to quit and President Barack Obama saying he'd resign if he were in Weiner's shoes, House Democrats are wrestling with what to do next. Democrats are to meet today for the first time since the New York congressman admitted to sexually charged online... more »
  • Twitter Justice

    May 25, 2011 7:41 PM

    A woman in Colorado tweeted about her $500 bike being stolen and in less than five hours the crook was behind bars. Elaine Ellis returned home and found her bike lock had been ripped out of a wall and her bike was gone. When she tweeted about the thievery, she... more »
  • Feds, state using Twitter and Facebook for terror alerts

    April 8, 2011 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal government will no longer be using the color code system for terror updates. Some updates will be released using social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. The state has routinely used social media for critical information since Hurricane Gustav. About two million... more »
  • Schwarzenegger says he's returning to acting

    February 11, 2011 11:29 AM

    LOS ANGELES - After seven years in the California governor's mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to his old day job: acting. Schwarzenegger wrote on Twitter that he's ready to start considering film roles again. The former governor tweeted Thursday night: "Exciting news. My friends at CAA have been... more »

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