France is eying new laws that would make the likes of Facebook and Google accountable for hosting extremist messages. As Bloomberg tells it, the new talk is a direct response to terrorist attacks from earlier this month, and should the draft law pass, it’d make online entities “accomplices” for hosting hate speech or terrorism sites. French president François Hollande addressed the sharp increase in terrorist recruitment over the internet, saying:
“We must act at the European and international level to define a legal framework so that Internet platforms which manage social media be considered responsible and that sanctions can be taken.”
Speaking at an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust, President Hollande also called on social networks to stop the spread of anti-Semitism and other forms of hate speech. He asked, “how in 2015 can we accept the need for armed soldiers to protect the Jewish people of France?” Like Canada and other nations, France has strong laws against Holocaust denial, racist statements and other forms of hate speech.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve will soon travel to the United States to meet with Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter and get their help in the matter preemptively. As The Verge points out, however, France will reportedly also ask internet companies for greater cooperation with law enforcement, which some fear could curtail privacy and lead to a European version of the Patriot Act. That means it may prove a tricky act for the Gallic nation to balance security with the EU’s strong privacy rules.
Steve Dent contributed to this report.
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Via: The Verge
Twitter is receiving a couple of big features today – users are now able to conduct direct message group chats and upload clips straight from the app, without having to switch to the Twitter-owned Vine.
Twitter is moving to become a more fully featured messaging service, adding the ability to have group conversations with up to 20 followers, even if those persons don’t follow each other. You’ll be able to share tweets in the group chat, use emoji, and upload pictures in complete privacy. Direct messaging is slowly becoming a complete service, giving users fewer reasons to leave Twitter for other apps.
New! Use Direct Messages to speak privately with a group of up to 20 people. Share Tweets, show emoji & be yourself. https://t.co/8giGhC6OO0
— Twitter (@twitter) January 27, 2015
The second big feature, video sharing, may seem a curious addition, given that Twitter owns the most popular short clip service on the market, Vine. But Twitter argues that Vine and the new video sharing feature are meant to complement, rather than replace each other. A big difference is that Twitter clip sharing lets you upload clips of up to 30 seconds, while Vine is limited to six seconds. Unlike Vines, Twitter clips won’t auto-loop.
Here’s an example of a Twitter clip from actor Neil Patrick Harris.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2015
You’ll also be able to do some basic clip editing right inside the app. For now, Android users will only be able to upload new videos using Twitter’s in-app camera feature, but selection from the camera roll is coming “soon.”
The new features should become accessible through the Twitter web app and Android app soon. Check the official Twitter app in the Play Store for updates.
Twitter has grown exponentially since its release in 2006 and CEO Dick Costolo is adamant to prove that the social platform is not going anywhere anytime soon. Twitter just released two new capabilities to their mobile app that are going to feel right at home for those that use Twitter on a regular basis.
You will now be able to start private groups with your fellow followers and be able to have private conversations with them. This way you do not have to share publicly everything that you have to say about that new tweet that is taking the day by storm until the next sensation. The second notable feature that was added today is the ability to take 30 second videos and share them directly from the Twitter app without having to use a third party app. Now you can capture videos at a moments notice and share them instantly so that you and your friends can converse privately about how funny it was.
These new features are going to make your Twitter experience that much better. If you do not have Twitter but these added features have you wanting to give it a shot, you can download the app using the widget below. For more information regarding the added features you can use the link provided.
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The express-something-as-succinctly-as-possible market continues to evolve, with Twitter feeling plenty of pressure from Instagram, which recently passed Twitter in total users, and Snapchat, which, for some reason, a slew of adults actually use, as though channeling their inner fourteen-year-old, lamenting that they were forced to pass dirty notes in high school as opposed to sending dirty pictures.
Alas, in an effort to continue diversifying its portfolio, Twitter has added two new functionalities: group Direct Messages and mobile video camera.
Group Direct Messages are as straightforward as they sound. Direct Messages have previously been restricted to both parties following one another. It’s a bit more top-down with group messaging. An account holder can initiate a group chat with followers, but those followers don’t need to follow one another in order to participate in the chat. Groups can be created in advanced and organized for whatever form of productivity suits the user.
Perhaps the bigger news is the inclusion of videos actually shot and edited in the Twitter app. Videos themselves have been available for some time now, but Twitter has not had its own video camera. The app will allow the sharing of videos up to 30 seconds in length, and will even offer in-line editing. iOS users will be able to upload videos from their camera roll. And, per usual, Android users will get that functionality “soon.” Always the bridesmaid.
We’re also curious to see how this plays out with Twitter-owned Vine. While different services, there’s still some overlap between Vine and its video-sharing parent with this update.
The new features will be rolled out “in the coming days,” but Twitter says we can already participate in group conversations others might start with us or watch videos those users put out. Translation: celebrities and other “names” already have the new features and we, the cowering masses, must wait a wee bit while Neil Patrick Harris works out the kinks for us.
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) January 27, 2015
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This afternoon, LG posted the above image on its Twitter account, with the message: “Introducing Lollipop: a sweet treat for your #LGG3.”
Source: LG via Twitter
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Twitter’s great for connecting its users to people from around the world, but what about when they don’t speak the same language? After testing out a solution in fits and starts, Twitter has officially introduced Bing-powered translations right in the feed. Of course, if you’ve ever relied on machine-translation (and if you’ve worked the late shift on a tech site, you definitely have) you know the results can vary in quality, but it’s usually enough to get the gist of what’s being said. It’s definitely easier than copying characters back and forth, so until you actually crack open that copy of Rosetta Stone, just look for the globe icon and “translate this” button. (If it’s not there, make sure “Show Tweet translations” box is checked in your account settings).
– Twitter (@twitter) January 22, 2015
Source: Twitter Support
In December 2014, Instagram overtook Twitter’s monthly active user number. Well, someone from Twitter must have found that alarming, because the microblogging website is now urging its most prolific users not to tweet out links to Instagram photos. In a screenshot obtained by Mashable (embedded below the fold), you’ll see the splash page the company’s showing its power users, asking them to post their pictures directly on the website. A source confirmed to the publication that Twitter unleashed the prompt to a number of notable entertainment, media and sports accounts, in part to remind them that the website does have native photo editing tools and to show them how those work.
Yes, Twitter does have its own photo editor and filters, in case you’ve been too busy crossposting pictures to notice. They were even launched around the same time Instagram killed off Twitter photo integration. But, and we’re sure you’ll agree, people still choose to crosspost Instagram content even if they show up as links instead of actual pictures, because, well, it’s just more convenient that way. It’s unclear if the rest of us will see the same prompt in the future, but for now, Twitter’s likely hoping its influential clientele can set an example, so to speak.
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Ready to ditch old-fashioned passwords on the web? Twitter is, too. It just released a developer kit that lets mobile apps’ companion websites use Digits phone number logins. While you still have to create an account on your phone to get things started, you’ll have the option of using your number to sign in on the web from then on. About the only additional hassle is having to enter a confirmation code (sent to your handset) the first time you use the new method. It’s going to take a while before developers add Digits to their sites and let you use it in the real world, but the framework is in place.
Via: The Next Web
Source: Twitter Developer Blog
Thanks to Twitter’s frustrating API limits, many third party Twitter app developers have been forced to remove their apps from the Play Store. In the past, one of the most popular third party apps, Falcon Pro, reached its token limit pretty early on which forced the developer to find a token limit workaround that unfortunately didn’t resolve many issues. Developer Joaquim Verges has revamped his app with a Material Design refresh and released it to the Play Store as a version 1.0 release. There are some pretty handy features in this application, so let’s take a closer look at what’s being offered.
The first big enhancement you’ll notice with Falcon Pro 3 is the addition of Material Design. Navigating around the app is fluid, fast and offers some really nice animations. All of your notifications are tucked away on the left side of the screen in a slide-out menu that combines all of your account inboxes into one. You can even clear notifications to de-clutter your activity. The app features column-based navigation that allows you to add or remove as many different columns as you’d like. The developer even added a refresh time algorithm to only pull mentions and favorites based on your activity. So, if you’re constantly tweeting, the app will refresh more often than if you rarely use it. Just like most other Twitter apps out there, Falcon Pro 3 also features position holding on each column along with an unread indicator.
While all of these features are nice, this is still a version 1.0 release, so there are a few major features missing from this app so far. There are no settings menus, widgets or DM columns to be found throughout the app, but the developer is working hard to add all of these features in the next update. Even though it’s missing quite a few important properties, performance is pretty great so far. If you just use Twitter to tweet (and not navigate around too much), you’ll have no problem using this app with ease.
To bypass all of the tokens being used up, the developer has come up with a pricing scheme to keep the app in the Play Store as long as possible. Falcon Pro 3 is available in the Play Store for free, though functionality is very limited if you don’t want to pay. Adding one account will cost you $3.99, and each additional account runs $1.99 extra. After being burned by Twitter’s API limits in the past, this is a seemingly good way to keep the token usage down.
It may not seem like it now, but Falcon Pro 3 will likely be one of the best Twitter apps available in the coming weeks. It’s available now, so head to the Play Store link below to try it out!
A group referring to itself as the CyberCaliphate and claiming ties to ISIS appears to have taken over social media accounts belonging to the United States Central Command. For the past hour or so, the group has been using CENTCOM’s YouTube and Twitter accounts to share pro-ISIS videos and supposedly leaked documents, though Twitter has already suspended CENTCOM’s account in a bid to keep things under control. While it’s still unclear whether ISIS proper had a hand in orchestrating the breach, a defense official confirmed to NBC that the accounts were compromised and that the Defense Department is “taking appropriate measures to address the matter.”
Meanwhile, as is de rigueur these days, the hackers have taken to Pastebin to issue and offer up a taste of information said to have been pulled from private military systems.
“We broke into your networks and personal devices and know everything about you,” the statement reads. “You’ll see no mercy infidels. ISIS is already here, we are in your PCs, in each military base. With Allah’s permission we are in CENTCOM now.” Fair warning: We haven’t yet been able to confirm what’s exactly in these dumps, so do your due diligence and protect yourself and your system if you decide to sift though things.
Still, the data posted on CENTCOM’s Twitter account prior to its suspension was not the sensational, game-changing stuff one might expect — among other things, there’s a list of retired Army generals (complete with phone numbers) and “Korean scenarios” outlining North Korea’s state of military readiness. ZDNET’s Zach Whittaker has preliminarily explored the files and determined that some — if not a significant percentage — are materials that have already been publicly released. A Pentagon official speaking to the Wall Street Journal clearly agrees: They said that the information shared via Twitter was not highly classified.
This is a developing story, please refresh for updates.