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New bill strips Facebook, Twitter of Section 230 immunity for spreading vaccine falsehoods

New bill strips Facebook, Twitter of Section 230 immunity for spreading vaccine falsehoods

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A new bill introduced Thursday would hold Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies responsible for amplifying conspiracies and falsehoods about vaccines, COVID cures, and other health misinformation.

“For far too long, online platforms have not done enough to protect the health of Americans,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), one of the bill’s sponsors. “These are some of the biggest, richest companies in the world, and they must do more to prevent the spread of deadly vaccine misinformation.”

If signed into law, the Health Misinformation Act would strip Facebook, Twitter, and other social media companies of some immunity under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which currently prevents Internet firms from being held liable for most content posted on their platforms. The carveout proposed by Klobuchar and Sen. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) would eliminate that legal shield in instances where a platform “promotes health misinformation through an algorithm,” the bill says.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2021/07/new-bill-strips-facebook-twitter-of-section-230-immunity-for-spreading-vaccine-falsehoods/
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Twitter will experiment with Reddit style up/down buttons to replace the “like” heart

I find Reddit to be a much more interesting social media platform than Twitter. Reddit’s users are generally supportive, well-informed, and nice to each other. Twitter, on the other hand, has a culture that rewards snarkiness and anger. How did these two different platforms evolve such different user behaviors? — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/07/22/twitter-will-experiment-with-reddit-style-up-down-buttons-to-replace-the-like-heart.html?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=twitter-will-experiment-with-reddit-style-up-down-buttons-to-replace-the-like-heart
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TweetDeck could soon look much more like Twitter’s web app

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TweetDeck is a secret weapon for Twitter power users. The column layout allows them to keep tabs on tweets from a large number of accounts at once, using Twitter’s handy lists. That could be about to change, based on an image Twitter shared of the “new and improved TweetDeck” that it’s testing. At first glance, it looks a lot like the standard Twitter web app.

The company is testing the revamped TweetDeck with a few users in the US, Canada and Australia. Twitter product head Kayvon Beykpour said the updated TweetDeck includes “a full tweet composer, new advanced search features, new column types, and a new way to group columns into clean workspaces.” A menu on the left lists a number of “decks” centered around things like food, entertainment and news, as well as a “primary” deck.

We’re testing new features in TweetDeck for a small group in the U.S., Canada and Australia. These include a full Tweet Composer, new advanced search features, new column types, and a new way to group columns into clean workspaces. https://t.co/7bTiwBPmea

— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) July 20, 2021

Any big changes to TweetDeck will surely be met with skepticism from heavy users. Many of those who use the app do so as part of their jobs, and significant updates that disrupt people’s workflow might not sit too well with them.

Still, it’s worth remembering that this is a test and things might change before the updated TweetDeck rolls out more broadly. “Through these tests, we’re exploring how we can give people more customization and control using TweetDeck,” Beykpour wrote in a tweet.

Rumors have been floating around for a while that TweetDeck might become part of Twitter Blue, the company’s subscription service. Beykpour added a little fuel to that fire when discussing the app’s overhaul. “We’ll take these lessons into account as we explore what TweetDeck could look like within Twitter’s subscription offerings later on. We’ll have more to share soon as we learn from these tests,” he wrote.

We’ll take these lessons into account as we explore what TweetDeck could look like within Twitter’s subscription offerings later on. We’ll have more to share soon as we learn from these tests.

— Kayvon Beykpour (@kayvz) July 20, 2021

Source: https://www.engadget.com/tweetdeck-redesign-twitter-web-app-182008721.html?src=rss
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Twitter Accidentally Confirms Subscription Service with “Undo Tweet” Button

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It looks like Twitter is getting ready to launch its rumored subscription service. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong discovered and tested a $3 per month “Twitter Blue” in-app purchase on Twitter’s App Store page, revealing exclusive features like an undo Tweet button, a reader mode for long threads, and more.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/85625/twitter-accidentally-confirms-subscription-service-with-undo-tweet-button/
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Twitter Removes Photo-Cropping Algorithm After Racial Bias Analysis

Twitter-Photo-Cropping-Featured.jpg This is the way it’s supposed to work. Twitter was alerted to a problem, it analyzed the issue, and now it’s fixing it. After hearing complaints that its automatic photo-cropping algorithm showed a racial bias, Twitter spent some time conducting an analysis, then decided to remove the tool and let people crop the photos themselves. Photo-Cropping Bias Complaints Last October, Twitter users complained that the photo-cropping algorithm wasn’t treating everyone equally. The social media site announced it would analyze its tool and proceeded to do so for the next several months. Improvements were instituted on how potential bias… Read more14495633.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14495633/twitter-removes-photo-cropping-algorithm
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How to Search for Tweets from a Specific Date or Time Period

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Twitter often seems like a firehose of information that flows by faster than we can comprehend. Luckily, it’s possible to merely take a sip by searching for tweets from a specific date or date range. Here’s how.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/728266/how-to-search-for-tweets-from-a-specific-date-or-time-period/
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Twitter says anyone can now apply to have a verified account

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Twitter has begun rolling out a new verification process and says moving forward, it will accept and review all public applications for verification on Twitter. 

Why it matters: Executives told press during a briefing Wednesday that for a long time, people have complained that the verification process felt unfair.


Details: Twitter rolled out three major changes to its verification process globally:

  1. It’s posting all of the guidelines for how it choses which accounts to verify online, that way there is no confusion over which accounts are selected.
  2. It’s making verification applications open to the public, so that anyone that wants to be verified, can at least apply. (Being verified means you have a blue check mark next to your profile name on Twitter, which signals validity.)
  3. It’s explaining how it defines “notable” accounts, which are accounts that should be verified as authentic and of “high-public interest.”

Yes, but: Twitter says it recognizes that making this process so public could be risky, as users could fake requirements they see online. But it says it’s hired up to make sure every application is reviewed by a human.

  • People who submit applications will hear back via Twitter in one to four weeks with an email saying whether or now they’ve been verified. If a user is rejected, they can reapply after 30 days.

The criteria to be verified is rooted in three account qualities: notability, authenticity and activity.

  • Notability means your account is linked to certain types of important people or groups including, government, journalism, science, academia, religion, entertainment, sports, etc.
  • Authenticity means an account true to what it says it is. Twitter says an account’s engagement is often a sign of authenticity.
  • Activity means that the account has been active for the last six months, and has a confirmed email or phone number. The account also cannot have any and recent track record of breaking Twitter’s community standards.

By the numbers: Twitter says there are around 360,000 accounts that are verified today. It’s unclear how the new verification process will change that number. More than 33,000 people submitted public comments about how Twitter should changes its verification process.

  • Twitter says bot accounts can still be verified. “Trust in automated accounts is just as important as trust in a specify person’s account,” says B Byrne, a product lead at Twitter. The company is also looking into ways to apply verification for humor and satire accounts.

Flashback: Twitter started verifying accounts shortly after launching in 2009. The first account it ever verified was the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. It paused verifications in 2017 to get feedback about the process.

The big picture: Verification is core to the Twitter experience because “it helps inform people of the authenticity of accounts with high public interest,” Byrne said.

Source: https://www.axios.com/twitter-verified-account-apply-3537d75b-295e-4e24-a987-aee1b7a5f454.html
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6 Things You Should Never Share on Facebook and Social Media

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Social media can be a force for good, but only if you use it responsibly. Sharing too much information or the wrong things can leave you exposed to harassment, real-world attacks, and other consequences you’d rather avoid. Here are some things you should never post.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/723834/6-things-you-should-never-share-on-facebook-and-social-media/
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