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Twitter Introduces Tools to Stop Hate Speech & Abusive Language

Twitter has finally unveiled several new tools to help curb online hate speech and abusive language.

After being met with criticism for not addressing issues related to abusive posts by its users, the social media platform is has come up with ways to help stop the hateful content.

The site announced on Tuesday (November 15) that it will now be easier for users to hide content they do not wish to see and to report abusive posts.

“Because Twitter happens in public and in real-time, we’ve had some challenges keeping up with and curbing abusive conduct. We took a step back to reset and take a new approach, find and focus on the most critical needs, and rapidly improve. There are three areas we’re focused on, and happy to announce progress around today: controls, reporting, and enforcement,” the company said in a statement.

Users will now be able to mute keywords, phrases and entire conversations they don’t want to see notifications about in addition to easily reporting abuse that will be handled by a specialized team.

This sounds like a great start to eliminating hateful posts on Twitter!

Vine Video App Shutting Down, Twitter Announces

Twitter has announced that it will be shutting down the once-popular video app Vine.

The social media site bought Vine back in 2012, and it grew in popularity with young social users including Cameron Dallas, Nash Grier and others. Vine eventually became less popular as Twitter and Instagram added longer video functions. Vine was famous for seven second videos.

“To all the creators out there — thank you for taking a chance on this app back in the day,” the company announced in a blog post on Medium.

ARE YOU SAD to see Vine go???

Twitter & Netflix Down, Other Sites Experiences Outages After DDoS Attack

You may have noticed that Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Amazon, Reddit, and many more sites have not been loading this morning.

It turns out, there was a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) on Internet performance company Dyn on Friday (October 21), largely effecting service on the east coast.

Dyn reported that sites started going down at 7:10 am EST, and they “began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure.”

“This attack is mainly impacting US East and is impacting Managed DNS customers in this region. Our Engineers are continuing to work on mitigating this issue,” the site posted in another update.

Service has been largely restored, though many are still having Twitter problems. Stay tuned.

Twitter Announces Major Changes, Promises 'More Room for Words' in Updates!

Twitter just announced some big changes happening, which will allow you more room for your 140 character limit!

“In the coming months we’ll make changes to simplify Tweets including what counts toward your 140 characters, so for instance, @names in replies and media attachments (like photos, GIFs, videos, and polls) will no longer “use up” valuable characters,” Twitter announced. “More room for words!”

In addition to the @name replies and media attachments, you’ll now also be able to retweet your own tweets. The biggest change of all may be the famous “.@,” which will no longer be necessary. You will be able to start your tweet with an @ username and not put a period in front.

Twitter Changing 'Favorites' to 'Likes' with a New Heart Icon

Twitter is changing the old-standard “favorite” star button to a “like” heart, the social media site announced today (November 3).

“We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star could be confusing, especially to newcomers. You might like a lot of things, but not everything can be your favorite,” the Twitter blog announced.

“The heart, in contrast, is a universal symbol that resonates across languages, cultures, and time zones. The heart is more expressive, enabling you to convey a range of emotions and easily connect with people. And in our tests, we found that people loved it,” the blog post continued. They also announced the news in a video, which you can watch below.

Fans did not seem too receptive to the idea, adding comments such as, “Can we talk about this for a second?,” “nooooooooooooooo this is awful,” “this absolutely reeks of panic FYI,” and “but not everything we “favorite” we “like”. Sometimes it’s just like bookmark-ing a tweet. Oh well, I’ll miss the star.”

WHAT IS YOUR OPINION on the heart vs. the star??

Twitter's New Direct Message Policy Might Annoy Celebrities

Twitter is introducing a new feature that might not go over well with celebrities… people will be able to send direct messages to any user whether they are following each other or not.

Until now, you have only been able to send another Twitter user a direct message if they are following you back. This new feature will undoubtedly flood the inboxes of celebrities with millions of followers.

“If you do receive a Direct Message from someone you don’t want to privately converse with, you can still take steps to stop them,” Twitter said on its blog this morning.

There are some reports saying that to start receiving direct messages from anyone, a user has to opt-in to the feature, so hopefully that is true for people who don’t want to receive unwarranted messages!

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Twitter’s new direct messaging policy?

There Is No Official Twitter TV Show

Yesterday, it was announced that social-networking service Twitter will develop an unscripted TV series that would “put players on the trail of celebrities in an interactive, competitive format.”

The official Twitter blog just posted a little clarification: “There is no official Twitter TV show—although if there were it would be fun to cast! In dealing with networks and production companies we sometimes have simple agreements. Regarding the [Reveille productions and Brillstein Entertainment Partners] project reported today, we have a lightweight, non-exclusive, agreement with the producers which helps them move forward more freely.”

The proposed series is the first to bring the immediacy of Twitter to the TV screen.

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