MPs debate porn block for Twitter

The Digital Economy Bill will lead to sites that do not ask for age verification being blocked.

It received an unopposed third reading from MPs on Monday evening, meaning it is set to become law.

But John Whittingdale, the Tory MP who first tabled the bill in July, is not convinced it will solve the problem.

"One of the main ways in which young people are now exposed to pornography is through social media such as Twitter, and I do not really see that the bill will do anything to stop that happening," Mr Whittingdale said.

Twitter boss sorry over white supremacist ad

The advert promoted an article headlined, "The United States was founded as a white people's republic."

Mr Dorsey tweeted that the firm had "made a mistake" and blamed an automated system.

However, according to reports, Twitter had originally said a screenshot of the advert appeared to be fake.

Twitter suspends alt-right figureheads

The social network has not given an explanation for its actions.

But they come the same week it announced new ways for users to complain about hateful content.

Some alt-right figures have suggested a switch to Gab, an alternative micro-blogging service that promises "free speech for everyone".

But other have their doubts.


Twitter announces more tools for dealing with abuse

The "mute" button, which enables users to not see tweets from individual accounts, is being extended to prevent tweets containing chosen key words or phrases appearing in the notifications bar.

It will also enable users to opt out of seeing conversations they are added to.

There will be more categories for reporting offensive material as well.

Twitter admitted the steps would not remove abusive conduct from the platform altogether.

Twitter to cut jobs as revenue growth slows

In the three months to September, revenues rose 8% to $616m. That was better than forecast, but lower than the 20% rise in the previous quarter.

The number of average monthly active users rose 3% to 317 million.

Last month, Twitter hired bankers ahead of a possible sale, but bids from potential suitors such as Google and Salesforce failed to materialise.


Twitter axes Vine video service

Vine let people share six-second-long video clips that played on a loop.

Twitter did not give a reason for the closure, but earlier on Thursday it announced it was cutting 9% of its workforce following slow growth of the social network.

"In the coming months we'll be discontinuing the [Vine] mobile app," the company said in a blog.

US start-up Geofeedia 'allowed police to track protesters'

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Chicago-based Geofeedia had allowed police to "sneak in through a side door" to monitor protests.

Geofeedia said it was committed to the principles of personal privacy.

It comes amid growing concern about government access to social media.

Twitter shares plunge by a fifth

Technology website Recode reported that Google, Apple and Walt Disney were unlikely to bid for the company.

Cloud software company is now thought to be the most likely buyer of the business.

Twitter shares rose 5.74% on Wednesday on reports that it was expected to receive takeover bids this week.

Takeover talk


Netflix goes down. Twitter blows up.

Issues began just before 3 pm ET and lasted about three hours. And during the outage, users took to Twitter (TWTRTech30) to air their complaints. Downdetector -- which monitors outage complaints online -- reported more than 13,000 posts from users all over the world Saturday afternoon.

US election 2016: Trump berates Alicia Machado on Twitter

In a stream of tweets, the Republican presidential nominee urged Americans to examine Alicia Machado's personal history and her "sex tape".

He implied his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton had secured US citizenship for Venezuelan-born Ms Machado.

In response, Mrs Clinton tweeted: "This is unhinged, even for Trump."