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  1. US Senator Thom Tillis is incredibly disappointed that Twitter declined his invite to testify at a subcommittee hearing to discuss how online piracy can be tackled through voluntary agreements. In a letter sent to CEO Jack Dorsey, the senator criticizes the company's track record, suggesting that "Twitter simply does not take copyright piracy seriously." The US Senate’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property is looking for better ways to tackle the ever-present threat of online piracy. Specifically, it’s working with various stakeho
  2. (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Tuesday released plans for its new policy on how people are “verified” on the site, an area the company has long promised to revamp to address confusion and criticisms over the blue check-mark badges it uses to authenticate the identity of prominent accounts. The social media company said in a blog post here that it plans to relaunch its verification program, including a new public application process, in early 2021. It said a public feedback period for the new policy would open on Tuesday and run until Dec. 8. Twitter said it pau
  3. Twitter copies, well... everyone, with self-destructing messages Fleeting tweets vanish after 24 hours (Image credit: Shutterstock) Just about every social media platform out there has the option to post messages, videos, pictures and so on and then automatically have them disappear after 24 hours. On the likes of Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and others the feature is known as Stories, and now Twitter has its own version. While the idea is self-destructing post is nothing new, Twitter has at least gone to the effort of
  4. SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Social media giant Twitter Inc, under increased threat of regulation and plagued by serious security breaches, is appointing one of the world's best-regarded hackers to tackle everything from engineering missteps to misinformation. The company on Monday named Peiter Zatko, widely known by his hacker handle Mudge, to the new position of head of security, giving him a broad mandate to recommend changes in structure and practices. Zatko answers to CEO Jack Dorsey and is expected to take over management of key security functions after a 45- to 60
  5. Netflix has sent over a hundred takedown requests this week targeting tweets that are critical of the movie 'Cuties' and/or urged people to cancel their subscriptions. The takedown notices list the full tweets but only the linked media, which reportedly includes trailers, were removed. The takedowns are highly unusual as Netflix usually targets classic pirated content. Every week, Netflix sends out thousands of takedown requests, most of which target pirated copies of its movies and TV-shows. Yesterday, however, we spotted a series of copyr
  6. The social media platform says it'll retroactively apply its changed policy on hacked materials. Twitter has reversed course on its decision to lock the New York Post account, saying Friday that it's allowing the publication to tweet again. The change in stance comes after Twitter altered its Hacked Materials Policy, which is the policy that initially led the company to restrict the New York Post account. The social media platform retroactively applied the changed policy to the newspaper's account, Twitter said in a tweet. "This means that becau
  7. (Reuters) - Twitter Inc on Thursday widely beat analyst expectations for quarterly revenue as ad sales rose with the return of sports and other events, but it added fewer users than Wall Street had expected. The company said it expected revenue trends could continue or even improve in the current quarter, but cautioned that it was hard to predict how advertisers would react as the U.S. presidential election nears on Nov. 3, and that there could be a pause in ad spending. The San Francisco-based social media company said it had 187 million monetizable daily active users
  8. Twitter claimed it was reversing course late Thursday and would no longer forbid users from tweeting links to websites containing hacked material—so long as the hackers themselves weren’t the ones doing the sharing. “We will no longer remove hacked content unless it is directly shared by hackers or those acting in concert with them,” said Twitter general counsel Vijaya Gadde. The decision—a response to the conservative uproar over the blocking of an unverified, self-contradictory, and error-filled smear piece about a presidential candidate weeks before an election—would have brough
  9. NEW YORK (Reuters) - Twitter Inc suffered from cybersecurity shortfalls that enabled a “simple” hack attributed to a Florida teenager to take over the accounts of several of the world’s most famous people in July, according to a report released on Wednesday. The report by New York’s Department of Financial Services also recommended that the largest social media companies be deemed systemically important, like some banks following the 2008 financial crisis, with a dedicated regulator monitoring their ability to combat cyberattacks and election interference.
  10. Twitter is developing a new product called "Birdwatch," which the company confirms is an attempt at addressing misinformation across its platform by providing more context for tweets, in the form of notes. Tweets can be added to "Birdwatch" -- meaning flagged for moderation -- from the tweet's drop-down menu, where other blocking and reporting tools are found today. A small binoculars icon will also appear on tweets published to the Twitter Timeline. When the button is clicked, users are directed to a screen where they can view the tweet's history of notes. Based on s
  11. Yet another President Trump tweet has been removed following a complaint. This one, however, is now part of a copyright lawsuit filed by British singer-songwriter Eddy Grant over the unlicensed use of his 1982 song 'Electric Avenue'. According to the complaint, which demands up to $150,000 in damages, the video containing the track remained live on Twitter, despite demands it was taken down. For the overwhelming majority of Twitter users, receiving even a very small number of copyright complaints against their account can mean its loss, with Twitter invoking its repe
  12. Twitter launches new API as it tries to make amends with third-party developers Wooing developers with a new API Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter is making it easier for businesses, academics, and third-party developers to build on its platform with the launch of its API v2 today. The company announced the new API last month, but as the news arrived the day after it was hit by one of the most devastating hacks in social media history, it decided to delay the launch. Notably, Twitter is presenting t
  13. Twitter rolls out reply-limiting feature to everyone Last week, Twitter's feature that allows you to choose who can reply to your tweets became available on iOS and the web. Today, that capability is available on Android as well, expanding the feature to everyone. Suzanne Xie, Director of Product Management at Twitter, announced today the feature's wider availability. In May, the micro-blogging site started testing letting users limit the people who can respond to their tweets. Xie noted that this capability is meant to provide users "more control over the c
  14. Porn Clip Disrupts Virtual Court Hearing for Alleged Twitter Hacker Perhaps fittingly, a Web-streamed court hearing for the 17-year-old alleged mastermind of the July 15 mass hack against Twitter was cut short this morning after mischief makers injected a pornographic video clip into the proceeding. 17-year-old Graham Clark of Tampa, Fla. was among those charged in the July 15 Twitter hack. Image: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. The incident occurred at a bond hearing held via the videoconferencing service Zoom by the Hillsborough County, Fla. c
  15. Twitter fixes vulnerability in its Android app that could have exposed DMs Twitter revealed today a vulnerability that might have dealt yet another major blow to its security posture. The micro-blogging site has announced that it recently fixed a security issue with its Android app that could have allowed attackers to access your Direct Messages and other private data through a malicious app. The vulnerability is related to a security issue with Android that affected only versions 8 and 9. Twitter noted that the security flaw could circumvent Android's syst
  16. Twitter faces $250 million FTC fine for misusing emails and phone numbers Twitter said the identifiers were ‘inadvertently’ used for advertising Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Twitter said that the Federal Trade Commission may soon fine it up to $250 million for improper use of users’ phone numbers and email addresses. The potential fines would come for violations of Twitter’s 2011 agreement with the FTC to no longer mislead consumers about how it protects their personal information.
  17. How the Alleged Twitter Hackers Got Caught Bitcoin payments and IP addresses led investigators to two of the alleged perpetrators in just over two weeks. Photograph: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images On July 15, a Discord user with the handle Kirk#5270 made an enticing proposition. “I work for Twitter,” they said, according to court documents released Friday. “I can claim any name, let me know if you’re trying to work.” It was the begi
  18. Florida teen arrested, charged with being “mastermind” of Twitter hack The 17-year-old is facing 30 felony fraud charges. 52 with 46 posters participating A Florida teen has been arrested and charged with 30 felony counts related to the high-profile hijacking of more than 100 Twitter accounts earlier this month. Federal law enforcement arrested Graham Ivan Clark, 17, in Tampa earlier today, the Office of Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren said. The arrest followed an investigation spearheaded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  19. Twitter users in Japan are facing uncertainty after the Supreme Court ruled that people who retweet copyright-infringing images can have their details passed to copyright holders. The case centered around the posting of an image that was posted to Twitter without permission and was then retweeted in an automatically cropped format. With more than 330 million active users, Twitter is a true internet giant that gives anyone with an internet connection and an account to have their say on whatever they like. Whether insig
  20. Hackers obtained Twitter DMs for 36 high-profile account holders Hack also exposed phone numbers, email addresses and other PII for 130 users. Enlarge Kevin Krejci 21 with 16 posters participating, including story author Hackers accessed direct messages for 36 high-profile account holders in last week’s epic compromise of Twitter, with one of the affected users being an elected official from the Netherlands, the social media company said late Wednesday. The company also said the intruders were able to view email
  21. Twitter Hacking for Profit and the LoLs The New York Times last week ran an interview with several young men who claimed to have had direct contact with those involved in last week’s epic hack against Twitter. These individuals said they were only customers of the person who had access to Twitter’s internal employee tools, and were not responsible for the actual intrusion or bitcoin scams that took place that day. But new information suggests that at least two of them operated a service that resold access to Twitter employees for the purposes of modifying or seizing control of prized Tw
  22. Coinbase says it halted more than $280,000 in bitcoin transactions during Twitter hack The company blacklisted the bitcoin address Illustration by Alex Castro The cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase said that it stopped around 1,100 customers from sending bitcoin to hackers who gained access to high-profile Twitter accounts last week. Last Wednesday, over 100 Twitter accounts, some belonging to major companies like Apple and high-profile people like Vice President Joe Biden and Bill Gates,
  23. Trump’s Twitter account has extra protections, which could be why it didn’t get hacked A lot of high-profile accounts were hit yesterday, but not Trump’s Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images In yesterday’s massive attack on Twitter, some of the highest-profile accounts on the service, including President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates had their accounts hijacked to peddle bitcoin scams. Notably, however, Donald Trump, perhaps the most famous Twitter user of all, was untouched by the attack, and it
  24. EFF tells Twitter to encrypt DMs after hacking incident The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has reiterated to Twitter that it should subject all direct messages (DMs) to end-to-end encryption to provide users with more privacy and security. The digital rights organization has been calling for this for years but the most recent breach has pushed it to demand the feature again. The EFF said that with hackers gaining access to admin tools at Twitter, encrypting the DMs would have meant hackers couldn’t have seen the contents of direct messages, offering mo
  25. Read Twitter’s update on the huge hack — 8 accounts may have had private messages stolen But it sounds like the attackers didn’t get Biden’s data cache Illustration by Alex Castro On Friday evening, Twitter issued its first full blog post about what happened after the biggest security lapse in the company’s history, one that led to attackers getting hold of some of the highest profile Twitter accounts in the world — including Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, President Barack Obama, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, M
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