Twitter tightens bans on political ads and causes ahead of 2020 U.S. election

(Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) on Friday said its political advertising ban will include references to political candidates or legislation, and it will not allow ads that advocate for a certain outcome on social and political causes. The popular social media site, which first announced its political ads ban last month, had not previously provided details on the new policy. […]

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Yovanovitch Responds To Trump Twitter Attacks In Real Time In Dramatic Impeachment Testimony

In a dramatic exchange with House impeachment investigators Friday, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch responded in real time to tweets President Donald Trump sent smearing her decadeslong tenure at the State Department. Trump posted two tweets Friday morning blaming her for the circumstances of the countries she served in, then claimed the United States’ ability to enact foreign […]

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Ex-Twitter employee accused of spying for Saudi Arabia granted bond

SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday said a former Twitter (TWTR.N) employee could be released on bond, with travel restrictions, while he awaits trial on U.S. charges of spying for Saudi Arabia. Seattle Magistrate Judge Paula McCandlis said her decision to grant Ahmad Abouammo, 41, bond would go into effect at 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET), unless federal […]

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Donald Trump Jr. Likens Sacrifices Of Fallen Troops To Those Made By His Family

Donald Trump Jr. faced fierce criticism from veterans and others on Twitter for appearing to compare the sacrifices by U.S. troops killed in combat to the financial ones he claimed his family made when his father became president. President Donald Trump’s eldest son drew scorn for how he described a visit to Arlington National Cemetery the day before his father’s inauguration […]

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Former Twitter Employees Accused Of Spying On Saudi Critics For The Kingdom

The Justice Department has charged two former Twitter employees with spying for Saudi Arabia on private details of user accounts that were critical of the kingdom. The charges against Ahmad Abouammo and Ali Alzabarah, unveiled Wednesday and first reported by The Washington Post, raise concerns about the ability of tech giants to protect the personal information of those who criticize oppressive […]

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Twitter Employees Gave Saudi Government Information On Critics, Federal Complaint States

Federal prosecutors are alleging that two Twitter employees were recruited by the Saudi Arabian government to provide personal account information on its critics. The complaint detailing the allegation was unsealed today in US District Court in San Francisco. Among the accounts compromised were those of a popular critic of the government who had more than a million followers, and a […]

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Twitter Says It Will No Longer Run Political Advertisements, Trolls Facebook

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced on Wednesday that the platform will no longer host political advertisements, a major shift in the social media giant’s policy ahead of the 2020 elections. “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally,” he wrote. “We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought.” Dorsey posted a lengthy explanation of […]

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez On Fame: ‘Sometimes I Just Want To Be A Human Being’

Few U.S. politicians have been thrust into the spotlight as suddenly as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). She went from a little-known 28-year-old bartender running against a well-connected incumbent to a national powerhouse whose every move is scrutinized.  And it hasn’t always been easy.  “Sometimes I just want to be a human being. And you don’t get to be a human […]

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'Pierre Delecto' Mitt Romney admits Twitter alter ego

(Reuters) – Republican Senator Mitt Romney has admitted to using a secret Twitter account under the pseudonym “Pierre Delecto” to follow politicians, journalists and fan accounts for himself, Slate Magazine reported. Romney mentioned his use of the secret account in a profile published in the Atlantic on Sunday, referring to himself as a “lurker” for surreptitiously following the political conversation […]

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