The war on terror is also fought online, where hackers are targeting the ISIS online presence to limit its ability to recruit members to its cause. But it’s not just hackers and volunteers that get the job done. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, are actively helping law enforcement agencies fight against the online ISIS movement. But they’re doing it covertly, a new report reveals, both to prevent the public from getting the wrong impression, but also to avoid alerting ISIS about what’s done to put a stop to extremism online. More →
Around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday morning, U.S.-born Syed Rizwan Farook and Pakistan national Tashfeen Mali allegedly stormed a room and opened fire on attendees of a holiday party at Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California. The mass shooting left 14 people dead and another 21 wounded, and even more would have been hurt had the homemade explosives the perpetrators planted detonated as planned. Following a car chase with police later that afternoon, the two armed suspects were killed by police in a harrowing gun battle during which hundreds of rounds were fired.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is now on Twitter, sending out his first tweet from the @Snowden account Tuesday.
“Can you hear me now?” he asked, in his first post on the micro-blogging site. More →
Facebook’s mobile apps are some of the most popular apps in the world, used by hundreds of millions of people from all walks of life. The main Facebook app is obviously its most popular one, but other apps like Messenger and Instagram also have huge user bases. But did you know that Facebook has an app that almost no one uses by comparison? This particular app is unpopular by design, because it’s not open to the public. Instead, it’s intended for use only by famous people — but you’re about to get a rare inside look at this mysterious app. More →
Nothing ever really disappears on the Internet. It’s both terrifying and fantastic, depending on the circumstances — and on which end of the stick you’re on. Once an article is published… once a photo is leaked… once a tweet is tweeted… it’s out there forever.
In the case of politicians who have a tendency to tweet without stopping to think first and consider the ramifications of what they’re about to post, the permanency of the Internet can help the public see these elected officials’ true colors. Interestingly, however, Twitter just made it slightly more difficult for us to hold politicians accountable — and the company used the worst possible logic in doing so. More →
Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are often used for marketing, and many accounts hold contests to generate buzz around a product or event. Anyone can enter them and win the prizes, but one man took it upon himself to create a Twitter bot that would automatically enter every contest it could find, without raising any flags.
The robot entered 165,000 contests over the course of nine months, and it won prizes 1,000 of them. More →
Have you ever tagged a CEO or a company in a Twitter message out of sheer frustration? Maybe Delta lost your luggage or you found a glass shard in your salad at Panera Bread. Whatever the case, it can be a decent way to blow off steam, but every once in a while, the subject of the complaint will actually get the message. More →
Like it or not, life constantly brings you in the sort of scenarios where you need to swear, and thanks to the Internet, you can do that online nowadays. While not everybody uses the same bad words, it turns out that some people tend to have similar cursing habits depending on where they live. A linguist looked at what kind of curse words people tweet and created heat maps of the U.S. for them. More →
Dating is awkward, but nothing is more anxiety-inducing than a first date. The most you can realistically hope for is a pleasant experience with someone you’ve never met, but sadly, that’s not always the way the cookie crumbles.
Anne Thériault, a Toronto-based writer, recently stumbled upon one of these nightmare scenarios while sitting in a coffee shop and did what any quick-witted, tech-literate person would do — she live-tweeted the whole thing. More →
Yes, America’s birthday is coming up, and you’re probably thinking about ways to get a head start on the celebration. However, before wishing your country a happy 2015th birthday on social channels, you might want to make sure you know precisely how old the country is. Because 2015 is… not the right answer. More →
To get a sense of why Periscope has come to be regarded as the buzzy new social app of the moment, a good place to start might be with the habits of regular “scopers” like Rosie Brown.
Brown (@rosiebrownuk) is a friendly, socially active British expat who now calls Melbourne home, and part of her daily routine involves pulling out her smartphone regularly to broadcast via Twitter-owned Periscope to her friends as well as to perfect strangers around the world. Her sessions usually include showing highlights of the places she goes and the things she does over the course of a day, things like drinking with friends, strolling through the city, and visiting its myriad iconic sites. More →
Twitter has plenty of issues, but chief among them is how easy it is for dirtbags with too much free time to berate other users. Twitter has tools to block and mute these users, but that’s not quite enough to get the job done, which is why the social media platform is introducing shared block lists today. More →