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Republicans Used Twitter To Stretch Election Laws

Republicans and outside groups used Twitter to share election polling data during the midterm election cycle. Laws against this kind of coordination might render this illegal. The practice is the latest effort in the quest by political operatives to exploit the murky world of campaign finance laws at a time when limits on spending in […]

Congressman Darrell Issa loves to retweet his followers’ family members who served in the military.  This led to a Friday prank. #AmericasVets my uncle Lee in 1956 @DarrellIssa pic.twitter.com/0FZNfGOcCs — Go-Gurt Darfur (@BrooklynJuggler) November 7, 2014 As The Daily Dot reports, one user — @BrooklynJuggler — sent Issa a photograph of his “Uncle Lee” in […]

Michael Barbaro (not pictured) who describes himself on Twitter as a, “Political reporter for the New York Times, inveterate gossip, Upper West Sider,” had a freak out moment after seeing a “dangerous” homeless person sleeping in the subway in New York City. Barbaro writes, “Situation at 123 underpass at 41st and 7th Ave has become […]

The model was making a statement about America’s gun culture, not blasting Canada. active shooting in Canada, or as we call it in america, wednesday — christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 22, 2014 Several followers quickly pointed out it was perhaps a poor time to be glib, putting the oft-irreverent model on the defensive. “That’s not […]

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 […]

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