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This Week's Edition
Twitter Opens Up Its Direct Messaging Feature
Now anyone can slide into your DMs—unless you opt out.
Twitter Could Predict Emergency Room Rush Hours
Researchers say Twitter data can predict surges in emergency room visits for chronic illnesses with 70 percent accuracy.
Turkey Lists Social Media as Top Threat in Leaked Document
The government lists social media alongside ISIS as one of the biggest security issues facing the country.
Chelsea Manning, Leaker of Classified Information, Tweets From Prison
Despite having no Internet access, Chelsea Manning manages with help from a communications firm.
Turkey Accuses Twitter, YouTube of ‘Spreading Terrorist Propaganda’
The ban on Twitter will be lifted after photographs of a slain prosecutor are removed.
Cyber Security Advocate Unveils 26,000 ISIS-Linked Twitter Accounts
“Not every account on this list is a threat, but...a large number of them should be suspended.”
NYC Building Collapse Gives Meerkat and Periscope a First Test
A professional news streamer gave Periscope a try, and a mixed-grade.
Twitter Launches Periscope, a Livestreaming Competitor to Meerkat
The proliferation of smartphones may mean the time is ripe for a livestreaming phenomenon.
Spain Investigating ‘Tremendously Cruel’ Germanwings Crash Tweets
Many of the messages celebrate the presumed deaths of Catalans who were on the flight.
Bucking Industry Norms, Amazon Keeps Government Requests for Data Secret
After the NSA scandal, most major tech companies have been transparent about which governments are asking for customer data.
Anonymous Sees 9,200 ISIS-Linked Twitter Accounts
Hacker group releases list after Twitter removed 2,000 such accounts.
Inside the ISIS Social Media Campaign
New study from Brookings creates a snapshot of the network and how supporters use it.
Twitter Shuts Down 2,000 ISIS-Linked Accounts
The social media giant took down 13 of the 16 most prominent propaganda distributors.
How to Tweet Like a Cop
Newsweek obtains the NYPD’s Social Media Handbook for Twitter.
Western Intelligence Services Overwhelmed by Jihadist Propaganda
London schoolgirls' flight to Syria shows the failure of anti-piracy-style 'cat and mouse' monitoring of social media.
Website of UAE Newspaper al Ittihad Hacked by Group Claiming ISIS Affiliation
The website was branded with two logos regularly used by the Islamic State, including the Black Standard flag.
Valentine's Day Hashtag Asks Users to Capture Love in Four Words
Twitter users weigh in ahead of Valentine’s Day on Saturday.
Germany Ranks Third Highest For Censorship on Twitter
Only Turkey and Russia rank higher than Germany in the number of demands sent to Twitter for content to be removed.
ISIS ‘Piggyback’ on Manchester United, Comedy Central and Taylor Swift Hashtags
The terrorist group are using popular hashtags to spread their message on Twitter.
Twitter Users Respond to Paris Attack with #JeSuisCharlie Hashtag
The hashtag is trending on Twitter after suspected terrorists attacked Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine, killing 10 journalists and 2 police officers.
CIA Behind UFO Sightings in 1950s and 1960s
Agency finally takes credit for mysterious flying objects spotted more than half a century ago.
Two Saudi Women Arrested for Defying Driving Ban to Be Sent to Terror Court
Human rights groups called the move unjust and excessive.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Trolls US on Twitter Comparing Ferguson to Gaza
The Twitter account, which is reportedly that of Khamenei,i has been using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter
Video: Stunning Time-Lapses Captured From Space
Footage released Monday gives a window into astronaut Alexander Gerst’s mission to the ISS.
Interview With the Authors of the Fake North Korean Twitter Account That Fooled Newsweek
Newsweek wasn’t the first outlet to be fooled by the Popehat bloggers.
Major ISIS Twitter Propagandist Unmasked As Pizza-Loving Indian Businessman
Analysts say other foreign ISIS accounts have shut down, fearing they could be next
Hashtags and Human Rights: Activism in the Age of Twitter
Social networks offer new campaign tools. But beware slacktivism and clicktivism.
Instagram Has More Users Than Twitter
Facebook Inc's photo-sharing service, Instagram, said it had more than 300 million users, sharing over 70 million photos and videos each day.
The Force Awakens, and With It the Internet
All 88 seconds of the trailer for the new Star Wars movie have been thoroughly analyzed for their cultural, technological and social implications.
Prince Abandons Twitter and Facebook Accounts
The Purple One also deleted all but three videos from his YouTube channel.