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Turkish PM appeals to top court over ‘privacy breach’ via Twitter and YouTube

Turkey’s embattled premier made a formal complaint to the country’s top court on Friday, saying secret recordings spread on the Internet were a violation of his family’s rights. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Constitutional Court that the failure of social media websites to remove leaked recordings featuring him…

Stephen Colbert salvages the ‘wreckage’ of his show after #CancelColbert kerfuffle

Stephen Colbert addressed online calls for his show’s cancellation Monday night in a lengthy segment that took shots at some critics and news media coverage of social media outbursts. Colbert recapped the firestorm when an online activist launched the Twitter hashtag, #CancelColbert, last week over a social media post considered…

‘Noah’: Twitter conservatives outraged that film deviates from Bible’s original English

Devout Christians are up in arms this morning about Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah, despite the fact that the majority of them haven’t seen it. They’re upset because, in the words of one person on Twitter: “Noah” was directed by an #Atheist and was purposely made secular… Just letting you all…

Offensive tweet launches #CancelColbert trend, but Stephen Colbert says he’s not responsible

Comedian Stephen Colbert is the subject of a Twitter campaign to put him off the air after an offensive tweet, based on a joke from his program, was posted on a social media account linked to Comedy Central. The satirist poked fun Wednesday night on his “Colbert Report” program at…

Turkey bans YouTube after Syria security talk leaked

Turkey banned video-sharing website YouTube on Thursday, having blocked Twitter a week earlier after both were used to spread audio recordings damaging to the government, local media reported. The move came hours after the release of an audio file on YouTube, purporting to be of a security meeting in which…

Turkish court orders lifting of ban on Twitter

A Turkish court Wednesday ordered the lifting of last week's Twitter ban which came after the social media site was used to spread audio recordings implicating Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in corruption. The administrative court in Ankara will……

Oscar-nominated actress cast as ‘Annie’ is black — and Twitter racists go nuts

Yesterday, Matthew Eliot cataloged Twitter responses to the trailer for the remake of Annie, which features Oscar-nominated actress Quvenzhané Wallis in the titular role and Jamie Foxx as “Benjamin Stacks.” White people on Twitter reacted much as one might expect: black Annie got the white folks like pic.twitter.com/v202TWGxH8 — gina…

84 percent of tweets about Pope Francis are positive, Pew study finds

Pope Francis is among admirers on Twitter where positive comments about him outweigh negative ones by a ratio of five to one, according to a Pew Research Center study released Thursday. The Washington-based think tank, in a statement, said it analyzed eight million tweets that made reference to the pope.…

‘WhatsApp’ co-founder goes from SNAP beneficiary to social media mogul

Jan Koum, an immigrant from Ukraine, was so poor as a teenager that he used saved old Soviet notebooks for school and queued with his mom for food stamps. Brian Acton lost a small fortune in the dot-com bust and was rejected for jobs at Twitter and Facebook. Now, the…

Twitter says Venezuelan authorities are blocking pictures amid new protests

Twitter said Friday that Venezuela was apparently blocking pictures from being shared in tweets as people took to streets to protest inflation and shortages amid sometimes violent unrest. The one-to-many messaging service based in San Francisco provided a tip on how to sidestep the block, by having tweets delivered to…

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