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  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 »

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