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Twitter Shuts Down Accounts Attempting To Evade Trump Ban

Donald Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers. (File)Twitter Inc suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of former U.S. President Donald Trump's website, saying they broke its rules against evading an account ban.Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other social media platforms following the deadly Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.On Tuesday, a page was added to Trump's site, dubbed "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump," where he posts messages that can be shared by his audience to both Twitter and Facebook."As stated in our ban evasion policy, we'll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote cont...
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Twitter To Introduce Ticketing For Audio “Spaces” Feature

Twitter introduced Spaces last year to compete with viral app Clubhouse.Twitter Inc said on Monday it will introduce a new feature to let users charge admission to their live audio chat rooms in its "Spaces" feature, as the social media company seeks to court more content creators.Until now, only some users who were part of Twitter's pilot testing were able to host their own Space. Starting on Monday, any user with at least 600 followers can be a host, the company added.Twitter introduced Spaces last year to compete with viral app Clubhouse, which jump-started the audio chat trend and attracted celebrities and entrepreneurs, but remains limited as an invite-only app.Over the coming months, Twitter said a limited group of users will be able to sell tickets to access their Spaces conversa...
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Elon Musk Tweaks Twitter Bio To Add This Curious Designation

Elon Musk had changed his bio to 'Technoking of Tesla' nearly three weeks ago.Tech billionaire Elon Musk knows how to get social media's attention. And now, Mr Musk has changed his bio on the social media platform to add, "Imperator of Mars" to it. The Tesla and SpaceX CEO followed up the addition with a winking emoji. While 'imperator' is a word used to describe an emperor or commander in ancient Roman history, the billionaire did not elaborate why he chose to describe himself as such.  It comes as no surprise, given Mr Musk's long drawn interest in Mars. His complete Twitter bio now reads, "Technoking of Tesla, Imperator of Mars".Mr Musk had changed his bio to 'Technoking of Tesla' nearly three weeks ago. Tesla gave Mr Musk the title in a new regulatory filing. It also assigned the ti...
Career and Education

Education Minister Launches ‘SARTHAQ’, NEP Implementation Plan For School Education

File photo of Union Minister of Education Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank'.The plan has also been prepared as an evolving and working document and is broadly suggestive/indicative in nature.Union Education Minister, Ramesh Kumar Pokhriyal Nishank has introduced ‘Students’ and Teachers’ Holistic Advancement through Quality Education (SARTHAQ)’ plan for School Education under the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP). The programme aims at providing an all-around development for the students at the primary and secondary level. It will also establish a safe, secure, inclusive and conducive learning environment for students as well as teachers. In a series of tweets on his social media handle, Pokhriyal wrote that the major focus of SARTHAQ is to define activities in such a manner that clearly del...
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Twitter Spotlights Asia Democracy Movements With #MilkTeaAlliance Emoji

Protesters hold signs relating to "Milk Tea Alliance" during a demonstration in Yangon. (File)Hong Kong, China: Twitter has launched an emoji to spotlight the "#MilkTeaAlliance" online protest movement that has forged links between pro-democracy activists across Asia, the social media giant said Thursday.The alliance -- named for the shared love of sugary tea drinks across Hong Kong, Thailand and Taiwan -- emerged last year in an expression of cross-border solidarity and shared fear of authoritarian China.The campaign gained steam at a time when Hong Kong was emerging from months of pro-democracy protests and urban youth in Bangkok and other Thai cities were beginning their own street confrontations with authorities, demanding reform to the country's military-drafted constitution and ot...
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China’s “Wolf Warrior” Diplomats Howl At Uighur Abuse Critics

China insists it was forced into the change of tone. (Representational)Beijing, China: China's "wolf warrior" diplomats are back after a brief lull, firing insults over Twitter, smearing critics and suggesting conspiracies.The hyperactivity of the envoys follows renewed global pressure over Beijing's treatment of the Muslim Uyghur minority in China's Xinjiang region.Here are five things to know as the wolf warriors once more bare their teeth:When did it start?The term "wolf warrior diplomacy" became common parlance in 2019, when Chinese envoys -- most prominently spokesman Zhao Lijian -- adopted a vociferous defence of the Communist-led country on social media platforms such as Twitter, which is blocked in China.The nickname derives from a film about a Rambo-like Chinese special forces ...
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Twitter’s Jack Dorsey Called Out For Trolling Congress During Hearing

During the hearing, Dorsey tweeted "?" with a poll asking Twitter Inc users to vote "yes" or "no."Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted his frustration with U.S. lawmakers' questions on the social media platform during a hearing about misinformation on Thursday, leading one member of congress to call out his multi-tasking.Lawmakers grilled Dorsey and the CEOs of Facebook and Google's parent Alphabet for almost five hours. Tensions were high as they asked them to answer "yes or no" to questions ranging from whether their platforms bore any responsibility for the Jan. 6 riot to whether they understood the difference between the two words.During the hearing, Dorsey tweeted "?" with a poll asking Twitter Inc users to vote "yes" or "no." Democratic Representative Kathleen Rice asked: "Mr. Dorsey, ...
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“Yes Or No?”: US Lawmakers Fume Over Big Tech’s Answers On Misinformaion

Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg said there was content related to the riot on its platforms (File)Washington: The chief executives of Facebook, Google and Twitter faced criticism from U.S. lawmakers on Thursday about their approaches to extremism and misinformation in their first appearances before Congress since pro-Trump rioters assaulted the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6."We fled as a mob desecrated the Capitol, the House floor, and our democratic process," said Democratic Representative Mike Doyle. "That attack, and the movement that motivated it, started and was nourished on your platforms," he added.Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said there was content related to the riot on its platforms but, when asked if the company bore responsibility for the event, he said the company's...
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When Should We Cut Off Rule-Breaking World Leaders? Twitter Asks Users

Twitter said it will seek public input on when and how it should ban world leaders.Twitter Inc said on Thursday it will seek public input on when and how it should ban world leaders, saying it was reviewing policy and considering whether the leaders should be held to the same rules as other users. Social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook Inc have been under scrutiny for the way they handle accounts of politicians and government officials, particularly following their ban on former US President Donald Trump's account for inciting violence after the January 6 riot at the Capitol.Twitter said it would release a survey on March 19 to find out whether users think politicians should be subject to the usual Twitter rules and what enforcement action should be taken if they break th...
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Elon Musk Sued By Tesla Investor For “Erratic” Tweets

The complaint highlighted several Elon Musk posts on social media platform Twitter. (File)Tesla Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk has been sued by a shareholder who accused him of violating his 2018 settlement with the US Securities and Exchange Commission over his Twitter use.According to a complaint unsealed late Thursday in Delaware Chancery Court, which also names the electric car company's board as defendants, Musk's "erratic" tweets and the failure of Tesla directors to ensure he complied with the SEC settlement have exposed shareholders to billions of dollars of losses.The complaint highlighted several Musk posts on social media platform Twitter, including his assessment last May 1 that Tesla's stock price was "too high," prompting a more than $13 billion tumble in Tesla's market val...