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Taliban Spokesman Accidentally Gives Away His Location On Twitter

When you leave a comment on social media, the rest of us can see it. On Friday, the Taliban’s spokesman in Afghanistan gave away his location as being in neighboring Pakistan. The Tweet by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid claimed an attack but it also included geolocation information that suggested he sent the message from Sindh, [...]

Twitter is handing over $10 million and access to all of its tweets to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the hopes the data will help find solutions to society’s problems. Data scientists at the new “Laboratory for Social Machines” within MIT’s Media Lab will soon have their hands on every tweet ever tweeted—from [...]

On Monday, Donald Trump got pranked on Twitter and it was delicious considering his many blunders on the social site. Twitter user @feckhead tweeted The Donald with a request, asking him to share a photo of his “parents” who he said were inspired by the billionaire. TPM notes,“What Trump didn’t realize was that the two people [...]

ISIS is having success using social media to gain recruits, and the State Department is fighting back. In 2011, the State Department launched the Center for Strategic Counter-terrorism Communication, which developed anti-terrorism Twitter accounts that were first directed at Al Qaeda. The goal: to directly engage with people overseas who were interested in or drawn [...]

New York precinct captains are getting mandatory training on how to use social media. The course is designed to prevent embarrassments like a tweet sent by Capt. Thomas Harnisch of Harlem last month in which he made light of the death of a woman who fell onto the subway tracks at Union Square while using [...]

ISIS Reacts

ISIS has reacted to President Obama’s “no strategy” speech and wants to know why we’re spending so much time talking about them. Several Twitter accounts widely believed to be ISIS-affiliated live-tweeted the president’s speech, even commenting on how much air time he has given the militant group. 1. This is the 6h speech to Obama [...]

China is way ahead of is in terms of interactive movie experiences. Theaters in major Chinese cities have starting experimenting with “bullet screens” on which audiences can send text messages commenting on the film, which are then projected directly onto the screen… The inspiration behind the idea appears to be that it mimicks that of [...]

A study released by the National Institute of Mental Wellness Wednesday showed that right wing readers experience mental health benefits from trolling liberal websites. “It would seem counterintuitive,” said Dr. Norman Volkoff, director of the institute, “but having something to get angry about actually seems to improve the mental well-being of far right wing readers.” [...]

Iraqi security forces pull down a flag belonging to the Sunni militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria during a patrol in the town of Dalli Abbas in the province of Diyala June 30. Reuters/Stringer Thousands of Twitter users turned to humor to vent their frustrations about the Islamic State, formerly known as the [...]

The Internet is either the greatest database ever created, or it’s a sewer. Robin Williams’ grieving daughter Zelda Williams has quit social media after internet trolls and insensitive posters added to her despair… Initially requesting her supporters to report the trolls, who posted what appeared to be photoshopped images of her dad onto her account, [...]

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