Fake news: algorithms in the dock

2018-07-14 13:17

At the heart of the spread of fake news are the algorithms used by search engines, websites and social media which are often accused of pushing false or manipulated information.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey lost 200 000 followers in fake-user purge

2018-07-13 10:47

Twitter's top executive didn’t slide by unscathed in the social-media site’s crackdown on fake followers.

Land hearings demonstrate our intolerance

2018-07-02 08:24

Political leaders have also failed to rise to the occasion and create a viable environment where communities get to air their different views about the issue, writes Ralph Mathekga.

Twitter ramps up fight against abuse and malicious bots

2018-06-27 05:15

For the first time, Twitter is going to require confirmation of an email address or phone number to sign up for an account.

Social media is making us mean and intolerant. Why I've never been on it

2018-06-20 09:11

Even the most hardened journalist or commentator will struggle with a level of self-censorship when they write after reading hateful comments about them, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Twitter marks S&P entry with $1bn trip to debt market

2018-06-07 10:05

Twitter is celebrating its entry into the stock-market big leagues by selling $1bn of bonds in its second-ever debt offering.

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter - judge rules

2018-05-23 20:50

President Donald Trump violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, a federal judge has ruled in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

Twitter tweak steps up fight against trolls

2018-05-16 13:29

The new approach looks at behavioural patterns of users in addition to the content of the tweets, allowing Twitter to find and mute online bullies and trolls.

Elon Musk, Kanye West bromance hits all-time high - in tweets

2018-04-23 16:06

Rapper and entrepreneur Kanye West took to Twitter to praise his Tesla car, with some of his tweets being picked up by Elon Musk, the electric-auto maker's CEO.

Bots, good or bad, dominate Twitter conversation - study

2018-04-10 06:15

Automated accounts or "bots" play a big role in disseminating information on Twitter, accounting for two-thirds of tweets linking to popular websites, a study has shown.


Helen Zille and Julius Malema lose 50,000 followers in Twitter purge

2018-07-13 15:41

Twitter started to delete inactive accounts to restore confidence in the follower numbers of users – and two of SA's favourite political tweeters were hit hard.

Twitter beats back group-bias lawsuit by female engineer

2018-07-05 06:00

Twitter won’t have to face a group lawsuit alleging systematic discrimination against female software engineers following a court ruling.

Twitter will show who pays for ads and how much they spend

2018-06-29 20:11

Anyone will be able to search for a Twitter account and see all the ads it has run in the past seven days.

Time to stop screaming at each other - and listen

2018-06-22 08:43

Sending death threats to someone because of their political views, does not foster a constructive debate. When was the last time you listened to someone when they screamed at you? The conversation is over the moment you go on the attack, writes Joshua Carstens.

Twitter to predict what you want to see, when it happens

2018-06-14 06:30

Twitter is set to start predicting relevant topics and sending breaking-news notifications to users based on their interests.

Trump can't block his critics on Twitter, judge rules

2018-05-24 11:12

A federal judge ruled that President Donald Trump has violated the US constitution by blocking Twitter users who disagree with him, in a case closely watched for implications for online free speech.

WATCH: South African journalists read some of the meanest tweets about them

South African journalists are usually on the receiving end of some pretty awful tweets. Some are rude and others funny. Watch.

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Twitter urges users to change 'unmasked' passwords

2018-05-03 22:56

Twitter has urged users to change their passwords, which were unintentionally "unmasked" internally by a software bug.

Twitter’s bet on video streaming is starting to pay off

2018-04-19 17:26

Despite sceptics who said Twitter couldn’t possibly compete with rivals like Facebook, it has carved out a niche in the world of video content and now streams a range of programming.

As Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter, White House holds its fire

2018-04-04 05:15

While Trump attacks Amazon on Twitter, inside the White House there are no active discussions about turning the power of his administration against the e-commerce giant, say sources.

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