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Twitter Under Hot Water For Allegedly Censoring Breonna Taylor-Related Tweets and Accounts

Yesterday, a grand jury declined to bring serious charges against the officers — former detective Brett Hankison, Sgt. John Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove — responsible for the shooting that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death in Kentucky. As a result, social media saw an explosion of posts from frustrated users upset with the jury’s decision, all with an underlying message that justice has yet to be served for Breonna Taylor. Amid the flood of Breonna Taylor posts, Twitter users began reporting strange glitches with their accounts, including messages of account restrictions, suspensions, purged accounts, and deleted tweets almost immediately following any mention of her name in tweets. “I got messaged quickly that my account was tweeting suspiciously after I had a tweet with [Breonna Taylor’s] full name,” said Howard Nedrick Jr. “I had to prove I wasn’t a bot.” Another user, @aldendelena , reported something similar and her account remains restricted as of Sept. 24. “After I...

Njera Perkins

Sep 24, 2020

8 Must-Follow Twitter Accounts For Daily Motivation

Let’s face it, we may all have the same 24-hours in a day, but staying motivated can be hard. Sometimes there’s going to be days when you have to operate on three hours of sleep and have a to-do list that seems a mile long, but there’s hope. We’ve put together a list of some of the most encouraging Black Twitter accounts that will get you out of those low spirit ruts. Whether you’re a one (wo)man show or you head a team of 50 or more employees, these motivational Twitter accounts may give you the boost you need to keep going. Gucci Mane If you don’t want to trip going forwards stop looking backwards! — Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) January 24, 2020 Representing East Atlanta, the legendary rapper not only gives us trap music hits, but his Twitter is full of encouragement. Gucci reminds us not to dwell on past failures and to keep looking forward. Who cares if your last startup didn’t go so well–start another! A scroll through Gucci’s page will instantly put you in hustler mode. Let’s not...

Devin Crudup

Feb 7, 2020

Twitter Revamps Plans to Remove Inactive Accounts

Twitter is placing its plans to remove dormant accounts on hold after users on the platform voiced worries over the accounts of deceased friends and family. The company announced last week that it planned to delete accounts that had not been active in the last six months but clarified on Wednesday, saying that the move would only impact the EU to comply with GDPR. “We’ve always had an inactive account policy but we haven’t enforced it consistently,” Twitter said in a series of tweets. We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part. We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize accounts. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 27, 2019 “We’ve heard you on the impact that this would have on the accounts of the deceased. This was a miss on our part,” Twitter said. “We will not be removing any inactive accounts until we create a new way for people to memorialize...

Arriana McLymore

Nov 29, 2019

Twitter Admits To Sharing Private User Info With Advertisers

Twitter recently released a shocking statement revealing that they have been sharing private information of users with advertisers. In the statement posted on the Help Center of the company’s site, they admitted to matching customers to advertisers’ marketing lists using the email addresses and phone numbers they provided for security features like their Two-factor authentication process: “We recently discovered that when you provided an email address or phone number for safety or security purposes (for example, two-factor authentication) this data may have inadvertently been used for advertising purposes, specifically in our Tailored Audiences and Partner Audiences advertising system. “ According to Twitter, the Tailored Audiences feature allows advertisers to target ads to customers based on the advertiser’s own marketing lists (e.g., email addresses or phone numbers they have compiled). Partner Audiences then allows advertisers to use the Tailored Audiences feature to target ads...

Colleen Williams

Oct 10, 2019

Twitter Is Putting a Smaller Limit On The Amount Of Accounts You Can Follow In A Day

Twitter has been a hub for spam accounts and bots since the platform’s early years. The problem has plagued the company for a long time and today they’ve introduced another idea that may help stop it. Twitter announced that it is changing its rule on the number of accounts a person can follow per day. The platform tweeted that the limit is moving from 1,000 accounts to 400 in order to stop spammers. Follow, unfollow, follow, unfollow. Who does that? Spammers. So we’re changing the number of accounts you can follow each day from 1,000 to 400. Don’t worry, you’ll be just fine. — Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) April 8, 2019 Twitter is working to impede “churning” accounts and lessen the number of block and spam reports caused by them. Churning accounts are profiles that repeatedly follow and unfollow to increase their follower metrics. Some users questioned the 400 account limit, but Yoel Roth, Twitter’s Head of Integrity, offered some insight in his own string of tweets . “You can’t...

Arriana McLymore

Apr 9, 2019

Twitter is Testing New Pop Up Profiles to Improve Threads

Twitter is currently set up so clicking someone’s handle brings you directly to their profile. This can be frustrating if you’re deep in a thread because it pulls you out of what you’re reading.  In an effort to make conversations easier to follow, Twitter is testing new pop up profiles to improve threads . Anyone involved on Black Twitter knows threads are important. Twitter threads are what allows people to tell iconic stories, share resources, or just form a single cohesive thought. On Tuesday, Twitter announced a new feature that can improve threads , stating, “We’re testing an easier way to check out profiles on iOS without leaving your timeline! Simply tap any @ handle in a Tweet, take a peek, follow, and get right back to it.” The new feature creates mini “pop up” profiles that you can click on to see, instead of being taken to a user’s entire page. With the new feature, you’ll be able to see someone’s full bio, follower counts, and even when they joined Twitter. There will...

Vanessa Taylor

Feb 14, 2019

Twitter Says That Protected Tweets For Android Users Were Exposed For Years

Twitter users with Androids were in for an unpleasant surprise when the platform notified them that a bug in its system made their “protected tweets” accessible for years. On January 17, Twitter said in a blog post that Android users’ tweets were exposed if “certain account changes were made.” The company said that Android users who changed their email address associated with their accounts between November 3, 2014, and January 14, 2019 were vulnerable to the bug. Web users and iOS users were not impacted by the bug. Twitter apologized in the blog post and encouraged users to review their privacy settings to ensure the settings reflect their preferences. Twitter did not say how many users had been affected. “We are providing this broader notice through the Twitter Help Center since we can’t confirm every account that may have been impacted,” the company said. This is the latest bug in a string of social media platform mishaps and now the Irish Data Protection Commission is...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 19, 2019

Report: Hijacked Dormant Twitter Accounts Are Spreading Islamic State Propaganda

Hackers have hijacked dormant Twitter accounts in an attempt to spread Islamic State propaganda, according to reporting from TechCrunch. The hijacks took place ranging from the last few days to the last few months. Hackers were able to get into the accounts using a decade-old flaw in Twitter’s system that did not previously require email or phone number verifications. In November, Twitter removed 9 million bot and spam accounts to prevent those types of accounts from automatically making news ones. “We made progress preventing spammy or suspicious new account creation by requiring new accounts to confirm either an email address or phone number when they sign up to Twitter, and we improved the detection and removal of previously banned accounts who attempt to evade suspension by creating new accounts,” Twitter said in a quarterly filing after removing the accounts. The latest string of hijackers were able to take over by finding older dormant accounts using expired email addresses....

Arriana McLymore

Jan 3, 2019