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Ask the ethicist: Should Twitter have banished Milo Yiannopoulos?

Twitter took a prominent stand against online abuse last week when it permanently suspended the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, tech editor at Breitbart News and a high-profile figure in the internet's alt-right movement. The suspension, which came after Yiannopoulos mocked "Ghostbusters" star Leslie Jones amid a torrent of racist and hateful tweets, was viewed by some as an encouraging … Read More
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New York Times editor: After Orlando shooting, don't editorialize on social media

Philip Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards at The New York Times, reminded the newsroom on Monday that, in the wake of the Orlando shooting, they shouldn't use their social media accounts to editorialize, promote their political views or take sides on controversial issues. Here's the memo, sent to the newsroom an hour ago: Colleagues: In the middle of … Read More
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Journalists are (mostly) really excited about the possibility of an extra 23 characters on Twitter

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter may soon not count links and images toward the 140 character limit: The change could happen in the next two weeks, said the person who asked not to be named because the decision isn’t yet public. Links currently take up 23 characters, even after Twitter automatically shortens them. The company declined to comment. Read More
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Journalists, beware: Twitter is less potent than you assume

Good morning. For most, it doesn't generate much traffic Life as a journalist now means reporting, writing a story, tweeting that story, tweeting it again, going for lunch, tweeting about your lunch, tweeting that first story again, looking up at CNN, then tweeting something about Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper or, of course, Donald Trump. And, finally, tweeting that story … Read More
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10 Twitter how-tos for Twitter's 10th birthday

In honor of 10 years of journalists tweeting (and getting into Twitter fights, tweetstorming and tweeting hot takes), here are 10 guides to using the social network from our archives. These include advice from people such as Craig Silverman, now editor at BuzzFeed Canada, on posting Twitter corrections, Nisha Chittal, manager of social media at MSNBC, … Read More
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Happy birthday, Twitter! We weren't sure what to do with you at first.

“I spend too much time online. What’s another addiction?” That was my first tweet, posted on March 6, 2008. Little did I know how addictive Twitter would eventually become. The social media network celebrates 10 years of existence today. It’s hard to overstate Twitter’s role in journalism over the past decade, from being the go-to platform for breaking … Read More
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Why NPR spent Super Bowl 50 tweeting football haikus

Super Bowl 50:From start to end — in haiku.Want to play along? Just use #SuperBowlHaiku https://t.co/66Yn5SZw0V — NPR (@NPR) February 7, 2016 If you kept an eye on your second screen last night during Super Bowl 50, at some point, a haiku or two might have crossed your Twitter stream. Read More
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Here are some short tweets about Twitter's plans for long tweets

On Tuesday morning, we shared a story from re/code about the possibility that Twitter could turn tweets into short stories. Watching our readers' terse responses on Twitter was pretty delightful, so we thought we'd share. Enjoy. Twitter considering 10,000-character limit for tweets: https://t.co/QatVlodWld — Poynter (@Poynter) January 5, 2016 … Read More
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Twitter: Curators are not reporters

Today, Twitter announced that its team of curators for its Moments feature do not qualify as journalists. (AP Photo) Twitter | TechCrunch Twitter does not consider the staffers responsible for maintaining the company's new curation feature to be reporters, the social network announced Tuesday in a list of rules and regulations governing the product. The guidelines, which … Read More
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The L.A. Times had some fun with social cards at last night's debate

After the last GOP debate, we spoke with The Washington Post about its decision to use social cards to illustrate some notable zingers from the candidates. Last night, the Los Angeles Times brought its own social card game to Twitter. Alexandra Manzano, director of audience engagement, said the Times hoped to do these during the last debate … Read More
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Twitter kills sites that showed politicians' deleted tweets

The Sunlight Foundation | The Verge Earlier this year, Twitter quietly shut down Politwoops, the website created by The Sunlight Foundation that archived deleted tweets from U.S. politicians. Citing "the expectation of user privacy," the social media service cut off its access to Twitter's API, essentially rendering Politwoops useless. The Washington Post's Philip Bump was among the … Read More
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Journalists offer tips on enduring — and learning from —  storms of Twitter rage

Sooner or later, if they're doing their jobs right, most journalists write something that makes somebody very, very angry. That's what happened Tuesday, when Tinder, like a jilted lover, tweeted out a social media screed in response to Nancy Jo Sales' new article for Vanity Fair, a searing indictment of hookup culture. Tinder's rant careened wildly from smug to … Read More
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