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Twitter users stage blackout to protest censorship policy

Users of the microblogging platform Twitter staged a worldwide blackout Friday to protest the company’s new rulings regarding censorship and international law. According to an ABC News report, the so-called “Twitterati” are sending an angry message to the company about its decision to allow the governments of certain countries to…

FBI seeking social media monitoring tool

WASHINGTON — The US Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a tool to mine social media for intelligence tips. The US domestic law enforcement agency is asking information technology contractors about the feasibility of building a tool that would “enhance its techniques for collecting and sharing ‘open source’ actionable…

Social media makes anti-Putin protests ‘snowball’

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Artyom Kolpakov used to shrug when he came across occasional appeals on social media sites to protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his government. “I didn’t see the point really,” he said. But something changed when, clicking through amateur videos and online testimonies documenting cases of ballot-stuffing and repeat voting, he…

More to social media than your # of Facebook friends

Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones has an article up about the Republicans and their strong showing in the realm of social media. And it’s true—Republican politicians tweet more, have more followers, and are more adept at using Facebook. But what bothers me about this article, and many like it that…

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