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ACLU steps in after Justice Dept. slaps gag orders on Twitter and Yahoo

Why Is The DOJ Gagging Twitter And Yahoo Concerning Grand Jury Subpoenas? (via Techdirt) The ACLU has jumped into a troubling legal fight, in which it appears that the DOJ has issued gag orders against Twitter and Yahoo concerning grand jury subpoenas that have been sent to both companies. This…

Twitter blocks accounts of users critical of Turkish prime minister

Twitter blocks two accounts on its Turkish network (via AFP) Twitter blocked two accounts on Sunday that had been used to spread corruption allegations against Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, his government and his inner circle. The move came after high-level meetings between the government and executives…  …

University of Virginia researchers can predict violent crime via Twitter

Researchers use Twitter to predict crime (via AFP) Hidden in the Twittersphere are nuggets of information that could prove useful to crime fighters — even before a crime has been committed. Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct…  …

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…

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