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  • Twitter rolls out stricter rules on abusive content

    December 18, 2017 11:04 AM

    NEW YORK- Twitter is now enforcing stricter policies on violent and abusive content like hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles. Twitter says in a blog post that it will start enforcing its updated guidelines Monday, a month after first announcing them. Twitter will weigh... more »
  • Twitter to disclose info on political ads amid scrutiny

    October 25, 2017 7:32 AM

    NEW YORK- Twitter says it will provide more information about political ads on its service, including who is funding them and how they are targeted. The move follows similar steps by Facebook and the introduction of a bill that seeks to bring more transparency to online political ads in... more »
  • Fugitive arrested in Ascension Parish after taunting sheriff's office on Facebook

    October 2, 2017 3:26 PM

    ASCENSION PARISH - A man wanted for skipping on child support payments was tracked down in Ascension Parish after he tried to taunt law enforcement on social media. On Monday, the Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of James Turner, a fugitive wanted on an outstanding bench warrant... more »
  • NPR's Declaration of Independence tweets confuse some

    July 5, 2017 8:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - National Public Radio marked the Fourth of July by tweeting the entire Declaration of Independence, but it seems some Twitter users didn't recognize what they were reading. The broadcaster tweeted out the words of the declaration line-by-line Tuesday. Some of the founders' criticisms of King George... more »
  • Trump tweets his frustration with Russia investigation

    June 18, 2017 11:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election. In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing... more »
  • Spicer says 'small group' understands strange, late night Trump tweet

    May 31, 2017 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer claims that "a small group of people know exactly" what President Donald Trump meant when Trump posted a seemingly unintelligible tweet early Wednesday morning. Trump tweeted shortly before 1 a.m. that "Despite the constant negative press covfefe." The tweet ended there. ... more »
  • College twitter hacked, apologizes for racist posts

    May 20, 2017 1:23 PM

    SALEM, Mass. - A Massachusetts college says it's investigating after its Twitter account was hacked and filled with tweets containing racist language. Campus police say the account of Salem State University was hacked Friday. The tweets reportedly included attacks on immigrants, criticism of the Black Lives Matter movement and praise... more »
  • Kobe Bryant dishes an assist to test-weary high schoolers

    May 19, 2017 7:59 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS - Kobe Bryant has come through with an assist for some high school students in Indiana by getting them out of a final exam. William Pate is a student at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. He told Bryant on Twitter that if the retired NBA superstar gave him... more »
  • Teen's plea for free Wendy's nuggets sets retweet record

    May 9, 2017 10:52 AM

    RENO - A Twitter plea from a Nevada teen for a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's is now the most retweeted post of all time. Carter Wilkinson asked the fast food chain on Twitter last month how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets... more »
  • Nicki Minaj pays college costs for Twitter fans, including ULL student

    May 8, 2017 7:46 AM

    Nicki Minaj is putting some fans on scholarship, including a student from University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After a fan asked the hip-hop star if she would pay his college tuition on Twitter on Saturday night, Minaj agreed to pay fans' school costs - on the condition that they show... more »
  • Manhunt intensifies for Cleveland murder suspect Play Video

    April 16, 2017 6:13 PM

    CLEVELAND - Cleveland police say they are searching for a homicide suspect who shared a video of the fatal shooting of an elderly man on Facebook. Police say Steve Stephens shot 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr., a retiree who was out collecting aluminum cans, Sunday and shared a video of... more »
  • Teen's quest for Wendy's nuggets gets huge Twitter support

    April 11, 2017 10:33 AM

    RENO - A teen's Twitter stunt to win a year of free chicken nuggets from Wendy's might become the platform's most retweeted post of all time. Carter Wilkinson asked the fast food chain on Twitter last week how many retweets it would take for him to get free nuggets for... more »
  • Twitter: US backs down on seeking anti-Trump user records

    April 7, 2017 3:21 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter says the U.S. government backed down on a request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump. As a result, Twitter is withdrawing a federal lawsuit that challenged the government's request. Twitter charged Thursday that efforts by the government to... more »
  • Amazon picks off NFL Thursday Night from Twitter

    April 5, 2017 1:37 PM

    NEW YORK - Amazon will stream NFL Thursday Night games this season, replacing Twitter. That means that technically, the games won't be free to stream, but they will be carried by broadcast networks. The games are available to members of Amazon Prime, which costs $99 per year. Prime, which comes... more »
  • Twitter no longer counts usernames in replies towards 140-character limit

    March 30, 2017 2:15 PM

    Twitter is giving users a little more space to reply to tweets. According to a report from CNN , Twitter usernames in replies no longer count toward the 140-character limit in tweets. The username or handle is the person's Twitter name after the @ sign. With the... more »
  • Man charged with hate crime for seizure-inducing tweet

    March 21, 2017 10:30 PM

    DALLAS - A Maryland man has been indicted in Texas on a hate-crime charge after a Twitter message induced a seizure in a Newsweek reporter. A Dallas County grand jury on Tuesday indicted John Rayne Rivello of Salisbury, Maryland, on an aggravated assault charge enhanced as a hate crime. The... more »
  • McDonald's says it's investigating tweet at Trump

    March 16, 2017 10:55 AM

    NEW YORK - McDonald's says it has been notified by Twitter that its account was "compromised" after it appeared to send a message calling Donald Trump "a disgusting excuse of a President." The tweet to Trump from the official account for McDonald's Corp., a message that has since been deleted... more »
  • Coast Guard's Twitter account hacked with sex invitation

    March 6, 2017 1:49 PM

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman says an invitation to meet for sex showed up on the mid-Atlantic region's Twitter account after it was hacked. Coast Guard spokesman Nate Littlejohn said that the account was compromised Monday morning. He says the profile photo and bio were changed to... more »
  • Record 3 million tweets sent on Trump's speech to Congress

    March 1, 2017 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Twitter says some 3 million tweets were sent about President Donald Trump's speech to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday night. The numbers make it the most tweeted speech by a president to Congress in the relatively short history of the platform. The previous mark was 2.6... more »
  • Court: Police with warrant can view private Twitter messages

    February 3, 2017 9:58 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - A New Jersey appeals court has ruled that law enforcement agencies can view private messages and tweets from private accounts on Twitter if they get a warrant. The court on Thursday ruled in favor of Essex County prosecutors who attempted to access video posts from two Twitter... more »
  • National park's climate tweets go viral

    January 24, 2017 9:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - Three climate-related tweets sent out by Badlands National Park have been deleted after they went viral on Twitter, sparking debate over whether the park was defying the Trump administration. The South Dakota park posted tweets Tuesday that accurately quoted climate science data, including the current record-setting high concentrations... more »
  • CIA director says Trump tweeting harms security

    January 15, 2017 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - CIA Director John Brennan says Donald Trump's "talking and tweeting" is not in the nation's interest and that the president-elect lacks a full understanding of the threat Russia poses to the U.S. Brennan said Sunday the national security questions Trump will face after becoming president on Friday are... more »
  • Maryland school employee fired for tweet aimed at student's spelling

    January 14, 2017 5:23 PM

    FREDERICK - A school system employee in Maryland who had a lighthearted quarrel with a student on Twitter over the student's spelling has been fired. Katie Nash tells The Frederick News-Post that she was fired on Friday afternoon from her $44,000-a-year job. A Frederick County Public Schools spokesman confirmed that... more »
  • Trump unleashes Twitter attack against congressional critic

    January 14, 2017 11:53 AM

    NEW YORK - Donald Trump is lashing out at a Georgia congressman who described the Republican as an illegitimate president. Trump tweeted on Saturday that Democrat John Lewis "should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart (not to mention crime... more »
  • Twitter: Obama's 'thank you' tweet his most popular ever

    January 11, 2017 12:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's tweet following his farewell address to the nation has become the most popular post on the presidential account. Obama tweeted from the POTUS account Tuesday night: "Thank you for everything. My last ask is the same as my first. I'm asking you to believe_not in... more »
  • Wendy's wins Twitter beef, gets toasted by internet

    January 4, 2017 11:35 AM

    Wendy's is winning kudos on social media for its amusing beef with a Twitter troll. It started Monday when a Twitter user accused the fast food chain of lying about using "fresh, never frozen" beef for its hamburgers. After Wendy's reiterated its fresh beef policy , the user asked if... more »
  • Trump's latest US corporate Twitter target: General Motors

    January 3, 2017 12:38 PM

    DETROIT - Although Donald Trump is targeting GM on Twitter today for importing compact cars to the U.S. from Mexico, the company says all of its Cruze sedans sold in the United States are now made in Ohio. Today's tweet was the latest threat from Trump to tax companies that... more »
  • Trump expected to embrace bold use of Twitter

    January 1, 2017 12:23 PM

    Incoming White House press secretary Sean Spicer says he expects President-elect Donald Trump will boldly use Twitter to make major policy announcements. Trump was scolded by foreign policy experts last month when he used Twitter as the venue to say that the U.S. should greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear... more »
  • Fake news story sets off Israel-Pakistan Twitter clash

    December 25, 2016 1:21 PM

    JERUSALEM - A fake news story has touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel, which is widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal of its own. In an apparent response to a story claiming Israel's former defense minister threatened a nuclear attack against Pakistan if... more »
  • Megyn Kelly to Trump aide: Stop stirring up social media

    December 7, 2016 7:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Megyn Kelly is calling on President-elect Donald Trump's social media director to stop encouraging hostile elements among some of his supporters. London's The Guardian reports the Fox News anchor said at a speaking event in Washington on Monday that a small group of Trump supporters "really enjoys nastiness... more »
  • Trump slams CNN over baseless voter fraud claim

    November 28, 2016 11:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is lashing out on Twitter as he faces questions about his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud. On Monday night, Trump retweeted a series of messages that were critical of a CNN reporter who called the accusations "blatant and baseless." He then tweeted that CNN "is... more »
  • Twitter accidentally suspends CEO Jack Dorsey's account

    November 23, 2016 11:47 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey says the social media platform accidentally suspended his account. Dorsey tweeted Tuesday night , "just setting up my twttr.again (account suspension was an internal mistake)." The post was an echo of his first-ever tweet , which came in 2006. San Francisco-based... more »
  • Trump rants about SNL on Twitter

    November 20, 2016 11:44 AM

    BEDMINSTER, N.J. - President-elect Donald Trump isn't happy with Saturday Night Live, the popular late-night comedy show that pokes fun at politicians. Trump tweeted early Sunday that he watched "parts" of last night's show and didn't like it: "It is a totally one-sided, biased show - nothing funny at all.... more »
  • Trump pledges restraint with Twitter from White House

    November 12, 2016 6:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - Donald Trump is pledging restraint on Twitter as president. But you can already tell he'll be mightily tempted to let loose with those trademark tweets. He tells "60 Minutes" he's going to be "very restrained, if I use it at all." But he went on to call Twitter... more »
  • Twitter exec heading out as company falters

    November 9, 2016 8:34 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter's chief operating officer is leaving the company, the latest high-profile departure from the troubled communication service. San Francisco-based Twitter said Wednesday that Adam Bain is stepping down and will be replaced by Chief Financial Officer Anthony Noto. It says it will now look for a new... more »
  • Twitter to shut down Vine video sharing app

    October 27, 2016 12:52 PM

    Twitter announced Thursday that it will be discontinuing its popular mobile app that allows users to share short snippets of video. In a statement Thursday afternoon, Twitter said that Vine will be discontinued “in the coming months.” The social media giant said that the website will remain online... more »
  • Twitter cuts 9 percent of its workforce worldwide

    October 27, 2016 10:16 AM

    NEW YORK - Twitter, seemingly unable to find a buyer and losing money, is cutting about 9 percent of its employees worldwide. Twitter Inc., which has struggled amid competition from the likes of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram, said Thursday that it expects to book about $10 million to $20 million... more »
  • US official: Non-state actor likely to blame for cyberattack

    October 25, 2016 8:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - National Intelligence Director James Clapper says it appears that a "non-state actor" was behind a massive cyberattack last week that briefly blocked access to websites including Twitter and Netflix. Clapper says investigators are gathering a lot of data and preliminary indications are that a non-state actor is to... more »
  • Periscope extends beyond phones as Twitter ups ante on video

    October 13, 2016 2:58 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is taking the smartphone shackles off its live-video service Periscope in the struggling company's latest attempt to broaden its audience. The Periscope Producer feature announced Thursday will let media companies and other users pipe live video feeds directly into Twitter, without using a smartphone to record... more »
  • Twitter to launch app on Apple TV, others to stream NFL

    September 14, 2016 9:06 AM

    SAN FRANCISCO - A new Twitter app is coming to Xbox One, Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, where viewers will be able to watch NFL games on Thursday nights. The short-messaging service secured the rights to stream 10 Thursday night games this year as it attempts to broaden its... more »
  • Some military vets tweet support for Kaepernick's protest

    August 31, 2016 11:29 AM

    SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem is apparently winning support from some military veterans on Twitter. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback sparked controversy during the NFL's preseason by sitting instead of standing during the "Star-Spangled Banner." Kaepernick says he's protesting what he describes as oppression... more »
  • Homeland Security investigating Leslie Jones website hack

    August 25, 2016 2:59 PM

    LOS ANGELES - The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it is investigating the hack of Leslie Jones' website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian's life. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security, said Thursday that its New York office is looking into the breach that... more »
  • First Lady Donna Edwards joins Facebook and Twitter

    August 2, 2016 1:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Louisiana's First Lady Donna Edwards is now on social media. An official Facebook and Twitter account was launched on Tuesday for First Lady Edwards in order to better connect with Louisianians. The first lady's social platforms will include information about upcoming events and appearances, in... more »
  • Tweets are latest controversy for Miss Universe organization

    August 1, 2016 5:03 PM

    LAS VEGAS - Racist language in old tweets from the freshly crowned Miss Teen USA is the latest controversy for a pageant organization with a bumpy recent history. The flap came over the weekend, shortly after 18-year-old Texan Karlie Hay was crowned Miss Teen USA in Las Vegas on Saturday.... more »
  • Miss Teen USA winner to keep crown despite racist tweets

    August 1, 2016 5:52 AM

    LAS VEGAS - The new Miss Teen USA will get to keep her crown despite an outcry over tweets she once wrote using racist language. The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss Teen USA pageant, issued a statement Sunday chastising Karlie Hay's words but also "supporting her continued growth."... more »
  • Islamic State's Twitter traffic plunges

    July 9, 2016 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - U.S. government statistics show the Islamic State group's Twitter traffic plunging 45 percent in the past two years. Officials see the drop and other data as evidence they're making progress toward eliminating online terrorist propaganda. When Washington formed an international coalition to fight IS in September 2014, the... more »
  • Warren slams Trump, calls him 'fraudster-in-chief'

    June 4, 2016 4:12 PM

    LOWELL - Sen. Elizabeth Warren is once again taking aim at Donald Trump, calling him a "fraudster-in-chief" whose top goal is lining his own pockets. The Massachusetts Democrat and enthusiastic critic of the Republican presidential hopeful used a speech at the Massachusetts Democratic Party's state convention Saturday to zero in... more »
  • WATCH: End of school year mayhem overshadows Hammond High's graduation Play Video

    May 19, 2016 7:31 PM

    HAMMOND - Videos surfaced on twitter Thursday afternoon showing several female students fighting in the hallways of Hammond High Magnet School. School Board President Brett Duncan told News 2 he had seen the videos and was frustrated it would take away from the accomplishments of students graduation Thursday night. ... more »
  • Twitter to stop counting 140 character limit for links and photos

    May 18, 2016 12:41 PM

    Twitter users will soon have more space to send out tweets. According to a report from Bloomberg , photos and links will no longer be counted in 140-character limit the social media platform requires. The change, according to the report, could arrive in the next few weeks. Twitter chose the... more »
  • Data: People here tweet about crime more than just about everyone else

    April 7, 2016 5:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisianans Tweet about crime more than any other state but Nevada, researchers at an apartment finding website reported. ABODO.com, founded in 2012 to help people find apartments to rent, went through 18 months of data. Analysts looked for crime-related words - "assaulted," "violence against women," "killing,"... more »
  • NFL picks Twitter to stream Thursday night games

    April 5, 2016 10:08 AM

    NEW YORK - The NFL has picked Twitter to stream its Thursday night games. When the league negotiated its latest Thursday deal, it decided to sell the streaming rights separately for an "over the top" broadcast. It previously with Yahoo streamed a game from London this past season that took... more »
  • LSU WR Trey Quinn takes to Twitter to announce he's leaving Tigers

    February 16, 2016 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Sophomore wide receiver Trey Quinn announced his decision to transfer from LSU to a different school on Twitter Tuesday afternoon. He took the opportunity to thank the university for the educational and athletic opportunities. The tweet reads as follows: pic.twitter.com/qO7DMDqsZg — Trey Quinn (@treyquinn8)... more »
  • Shkreli campaign for boss music collection rolls on

    February 12, 2016 12:35 PM

    NEW YORK - Former pharmaceutical chief Martin Shkreli's campaign to build up an impressive music portfolio rolls on. After spending $2 million for the sole copy of Wu-Tang Clan's "Once Upon a Time in Shaolin" late last year, the 32-year-old former hedge fund manager is now offering $10 million to... more »
  • Twitter tweaks its timeline to look a bit more like Facebook

    February 10, 2016 1:12 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter is tweaking its timeline. The social media site will let people turn on a setting that lets popular tweets related to people you follow show up first in your timeline, followed by the real-time feed most people on Twitter are used to. It's a significant change... more »
  • Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says timeline will stay in real time

    February 6, 2016 6:00 PM

    NEW YORK - Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says the social media website's stream of tweets will stay live and in real time. News and entertainment site BuzzFeed reported Friday that Twitter was going to introduce a timeline based on an algorithm rather than a real-time stream. The report upset some... more »
  • Twitter moves to actively seek out terrorist supporters

    February 5, 2016 3:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - Twitter says it's now using spam-fighting technology to seek out and automatically flag accounts that might be promoting terrorist activity. The company announced Friday in a tweet that it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts on its social media site for threatening or promoting terrorist acts mainly related... more »
  • 'Star Wars' Monopoly to include Rey after 8-year-old's note

    January 7, 2016 1:09 PM

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The "Star Wars" version of Monopoly will add a game piece based on the female character Rey after an 8-year-old girl wrote "Girls matter" in a letter to game maker Hasbro noting the omission. Carrie Goldman, of Evanston, Illinois, posted a letter on Twitter this week... more »
  • Amy Schumer, other Hollywood stars tweet on Obama gun plan

    January 5, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A slice of Hollywood is tweeting support for President Barack Obama's executive actions on guns. Celebrities Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Janelle Monae and Elizabeth Banks went on Twitter to applaud Obama's announcement. And Obama's aides happily retweeted their expressions of support. Schumer tweeted: "Let's go. We... more »
  • Twitter revises policy banning threats and abuse

    December 29, 2015 7:15 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter has revised its rules to emphasize that it will suspend or ban users who issue violent threats or espouse hateful conduct, at a time when critics have called for the social media service to adopt a harder line against extremist groups. The new policy released... more »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »

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