US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

US singer Katy Perry is first to 100m Twitter followers

The US singer-songwriter Katy Perry has become the first person to reach 100m followers on Twitter. The website posted a video compilation of her tweets since she joined in 2009 along with a message saying “Today, we #WITNESS history”. Witness is the name of Perry’s new album. The Canadian singer Justin Bieber has the second highest number of followers at 96.7m with Barack Obama in third place with almost 91m. The rest of the top…

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Caution! The celebs who are wary of Twitter

Caution! The celebs who are wary of Twitter

Beauty and the Beast star Emma Watson has said she does not read social media comments for the sake of her sanity. Watson is playing the lead role in The Circle, the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’s novel about an all-seeing tech corporation. She plays a graduate who joins Hanks’s company and soon finds herself joining an experiment that pushes the boundaries of privacy and ethics. Watson said at the New York premiere: “For my…

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Twitter forces US to drop demand for Trump critic's details

Twitter forces US to drop demand for Trump critic's details

The US government has dropped its request for the identity of an anti-Trump Twitter account, just a day after Twitter went to court over the issue. @ALT_USCIS anonymously criticised President Trump’s immigration policy, and claimed to be run by employees at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. US government officials issued a summons for identifying information. But Twitter said that demand had been withdrawn after it filed a lawsuit. The @ALT_USCIS account’s followers also…

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Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Facebook, Twitter and Google grilled by MPs over hate speech

Social media giants should “do a better job” to protect users from online hate speech, MPs have said. Executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google were asked by the Home Affairs select committee why they did not police their content more effectively, given the billions they made. They were told they had a “terrible reputation” for dealing with problems. The firms said they worked hard to make sure freedom of expression was protected within the law….

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Twitter quarterly loss widens to $167m

Twitter quarterly loss widens to $167m

Shares in Twitter are set to fall when Wall Street opens after it reported that its fourth-quarter losses had nearly doubled. The social networking service reported a loss of $ 167m (£133m) in the final three months of 2016, as against $ 90m in the same period a year earlier. Average active user numbers came in at 319 million for the quarter, 4% up on a year earlier. Fourth-quarter revenues were $ 717m, 1% up…

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Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse tools

Twitter rolls out new anti-abuse tools

Twitter has announced more changes intended to limit the amount of abuse on the network. It comes in the wake of heavy criticism about harassment on its platform and a failure to find a buyer after months of rumours about takeovers. It has announced three main changes, which will be rolled out in the “coming weeks”. It includes moves to identify people who have been permanently suspended and stop them creating new accounts. Harassment In…

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Massive networks of fake accounts found on Twitter

Massive networks of fake accounts found on Twitter

Massive collections of fake accounts are lying dormant on Twitter, suggests research. The largest network ties together more than 350,000 accounts and further work suggests others may be even bigger. UK researchers accidentally uncovered the lurking networks while probing Twitter to see how people use it. Some of the accounts have been used to fake follower numbers, send spam and boost interest in trending topics. Hidden purpose On Twitter, bots are accounts that are run…

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MPs debate porn block for Twitter

MPs debate porn block for Twitter

MPs have asked how new rules aimed at stopping children seeing pornographic content will affect websites such as Twitter. The Digital Economy Bill will lead to sites that do not ask for age verification being blocked. It received an unopposed third reading from MPs on Monday evening, meaning it is set to become law. But John Whittingdale, the Tory MP who first tabled the bill in July, is not convinced it will solve the problem….

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