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Twitter Fires Nearly All Of Its Employees At Its Only Office In Africa Days After Opening

Black Twitter has long been an interesting place for Black people on social media. From hilarious memes to social and political commentary, Twitter has been a go-to spot for news and discourse. The protection of this space has come into question since Elon Musk officially took over the company, noting his long but documented history of alleged discriminatory actions and perspectives. Adding to this action list is Musk’s recent termination of employees from the social media giant’s Africa office. via GIPHY  

Josh Rodgers

Nov 9, 2022

Here's How White People Used Business Tactics And Technology To Profit Off Of The Names Of George Floyd And More

Gospel music legend Walter Hawkins penned lyrics that opened one of his most famous songs by suggesting that “tragedies are commonplace.” When writing the ’80s faith classic, it’s doubtful that this phrase would apply to the behavior of white people looking to capitalize on the murder of Black bodies. In a series of tweets, users discovered white business owners were using the names of Black men like George Floyd and Elijah McClain to advertise and solicit support for their work.

Josh Rodgers

Jun 23, 2022

#TwitterVoices Championed Black Creatives In Atlanta During CultureCon

This year’s CultureCon was the place to be — especially with it being held in a city that Black culture lives, breathes, and sleeps. What’s more, Twitter’s Culture and Community team joined in on the fun with events that showcased the brand’s commitment to holding space for Black creatives. “Our main goal is [always] to have people walk away feeling inspired, empowered, and armed with the resources they need to thrive and build their respective communities and businesses on Twitter,” God-is Rivera, Global Director of Culture and Community at Twitter, told AfroTech.  

Shanique Yates

May 12, 2022

Kendrick Lamar Drops Album Release Date In A Quoted Tweet Of A Fan Claiming He's 'Officially Retired'

Several months after appearing on his cousin Baby Keem’s debut album, Kendrick Lamar has announced his official comeback in one of the most unpredictable ways. K-dot chose to pop out of hiding by quoting and responding to a tweet from a little over two months ago. Seemingly exhausted from the wait for Kendrick’s next album, Twitter user @raptalksk suggested the rapper’s absence meant his retirement, tweeting “Kendrick Lamar is officially retired.” Emerging from what seems to be the shadows of his successful music career, the GRAMMY award-winning artist and Pulitzer prize winner used the tweet from February to let the world know he is still here. Attaching a link to the mysterious, Kendrick brought back the cryptic website he initially tweeted out on August 21, 2022. It holds a file folder that reads “nu thoughts.” The folder contains a letter to fans describing his process and his upcoming return to music. Since then, an official statement has been added to a black folder...

Josh Rodgers

Apr 18, 2022

Did Social Media Users Just Bully OnlyFans Into Calling Off Its Explicit Content Ban?

OnlyFans has been in the fight of its life this past week. After days of frustrated users voicing their concerns online, the platform has decided to officially call off its adult content ban to continue welcoming creators of all categories. Earlier today (Aug. 25), the company took to Twitter to issue a statement addressing the news of its October ban that would restrict any and all sexually-explicit content on the platform. OnlyFans thanked users for “making their voices heard” and went on to announce it has suspended its plan to change its content policy in the fall. “We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1 policy change,” the company tweeted. “OnlyFans stands for inclusion and we will continue to provide a home for all creators.” Thank you to everyone for making your voices heard. We have secured assurances necessary to support our diverse creator community and have suspended the planned October 1...

Njera Perkins

Aug 25, 2021

The Dollars And Cents Behind OnlyFans' Decision To Ban Adult Entertainment

Thursday was sad day for fans, rappers, and content creators alike as OnlyFans announced its decision to ban explicit content from its platform. The ban, which will be effective October 1st, 2021, is part of its new policy, which it says it will continue to release details on in the coming weeks. “In order to ensure the long-term sustainability of the platform, and to continue to host an inclusive community of creators and fans, we must evolve our content guidelines,” OnlyFans said in a statement. Content creators on the site already started confirming that they’ll be using alternative platforms to advertise their adult entertainment content. When onlyfans fails you, I have @realFansly follow for my fun stuff — xoAeriel (@xoAeriel) August 19, 2021 Going to analyze the onlyfan situation tonight on Here from a biz perspective -(preview: payment processors are the worst) Also nudity WILL BE ALLOWED even after Oct 1st, so my fans are gonna be HAPPY 😊 — Kaitlyn... Gets 300 New Additions Including 'Trap House' And 'Zaddy'

As the world continues to evolve and change, so must the language around it — and that starts with much-needed improvement to the dictionary. According to WVUE , more than 300 new words and definitions have been added to during its latest updates. The update includes words that focus on advances in technology , racial reckoning across the U.S., words that have become the new wave during the pandemic , and even pop-culture favorites like “trap house,” “yeet,” and “zaddy.” A lot of the new additions are made up of words that have been in Black people’s vocabulary for years. “We can thank Black social media for the fun — and multifunctional — smash slang hit of yeet , variously used as a joyful interjection or verb for forms of quick, forceful motions,” said editors in a post about the updates. “We can thank artist Ty Dolla $ign for popularizing the zesty zaddy, an alteration of daddy that means ‘an attractive man who is also stylish, charming, and...

Shanique Yates

Jul 20, 2021

A’Ziah 'Zola' King's Viral Twitter Thread-Turned-Movie Proves The Power Of Black Voices On Social Media

Believe it or not, Black culture is mainstream culture, but you wouldn’t know it sometimes by the way we are erased from receiving credit as trendsetters and innovators. In some cases, we are oftentimes disappointed — though not surprised — to see others profiting off of our contributions, but when it came to A’Ziah “Zola” King and her viral Twitter thread-turned-movie, she made sure she was always credited as the originator that sparked the first tweet-inspired feature film (yes, a Black woman did that). In 2015, King took to Twitter for a second time — after originally publishing the story on Tumblr and Twitter before deleting it — to share her wild and dangerous road trip story to Florida with strangers. What came of it was the greatest Twitter story ever told and a film adaptation at A24 that chronicled 148 tweets worth of friendship gone wrong, betrayal, stripping, sex trafficking and unbelievably real-life scenarios. The most important lesson from “Zola” is not the film’s...

Njera Perkins

Jul 7, 2021

How Black Twitter's Impact Changed Viewership Culture For Awards Show Season

Before the days of social media, there was such a time where we actually had to wait for media headlines to circulate timely news like awards show results if we missed the initial viewing. Thanks to platforms like Twitter, Black users have created a new ritual for watching awards shows that allows us to both view and commentate in real-time with other fellow users online. Black Twitter — defined by The Guardian as “a particular collective of black identities and voices on Twitter taking part in culturally-specific jokes and dialogues that affect the community” — innovated this practice which is sometimes referred to as “family reunions.” This reunion aspect comes into affect largely when major TV and film events air, seemingly creating virtual viewing parties before they became a popular trend amid the pandemic. Black Twitter’s presence online grew to prominence during the 2010s as an influential cultural force that has called attention to many historic moments such as...

Njera Perkins

Mar 14, 2021

Black Twitter Makes A+ Use of Twitter’s New Voice Feature

Ever wrote a tweet you needed your followers to hear ? Well, Twitter just made it possible to turn your thoughts into audio snippets. In a blog published Wednesday (June 17), the social media giant announced that users can now record voice tweets to capture the nuance of a conversation. Each audio records for up to 140 seconds. If you need more time, just keep talking. A new voice tweet is automatically added to the thread once your recorded message runs over the time limit. “There’s a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text, so we hope voice Tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike,” the post read. For now, creating voice tweets is only available for a limited group of people on Twitter for iOS. In the coming weeks, more people will be able to access the feature, but there’s no word on when Android users will receive the update. In addition, these new tweets lack accessibility for deaf or hard-of-hearing persons....

Niki McGloster

Jun 18, 2020