Jack Dorsey apologizes for Twitter glitch forcing some users to follow Trump’s @POTUS

jack dorsey alt angle code conference Twitter chief Jack Dorsey today apologized for what he says were technical problems causing some Twitter users to involuntarily follow the @POTUS account as it was handed over to Donald Trump. As Sarah Perez reported here yesterday, Twitter users were bewildered as to why they were forced to follow the Trump @POTUS account, and many accused Twitter of doing the new administration’s… Read More

Obama’s legacy: The most tech-savvy president

When Barack Obama moved into the White House on January 20th, 2009, the federal government was in the digital dark ages. Even as late as 2011, he was complaining that the White House was 30 years behind. Among other things, Obama was the first presid…

A Twitter glitch autofollowed some users to Trump’s @POTUS by mistake

CHARLESTON, SC - FEBRUARY 18: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks talks on the phone while making a stop for lunch between campaign events at Fratello's Italian Tavern in North Charleston, SC on Thursday Feb. 18, 2016. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) A number of Twitter users tonight are claiming their accounts have somehow automatically followed the Twitter accounts, @POTUS, @FLOTUS and @VP – now in the hands of the Trump administration – even though they had never followed the White House accounts, had unfollowed these accounts before the transition, or had the accounts blocked. This appears to be a glitch related to… Read More

Unfollowing @POTUS could be difficult right now

While we only just learned of the transition plan for Obama Administration social media accounts, things aren't going quite as many users expected. Currently, many people have reported that despite unfollowing (or, in some cases, apparently never fol…

The Vine Archive will keep the videos looping forever

Vine won't be going away after all. The six-second video service that gave the world "on fleek" and an enthusiastic community of homegrown celebrities will live on in the Vine Archive, a time capsule dedicated to the site's all-too-brief four year li…

Obama returns to his original Twitter handle and launches Obama.org

everglades-homepage-2 Former ( ) President Obama is heading off for a well-earned vacation, but before going to his undisclosed but hopefully sunny and isolated location, he took to his old personal Twitter handle, @BarackObama, to promote the launch of his new website, Obama.org. Read More

Twitter just can’t let go of Vine, launches an online archive

1-innafqgnykbzyrhtg-awdq Twitter just can’t seem to let go of Vine. The company announced last fall it would close the video-sharing community site and its accompanying mobile applications, which it then did just days ago. But it also has taken several steps to ensure that the content created in Vine would not be lost, by offering tools to export videos, both online and in its app. Today, in another move to… Read More

How artificial intelligence can be corrupted to repress free speech

The internet was supposed to become an overwhelming democratizing force against illiberal administrations. It didn't. It was supposed to open repressed citizens eyes, expose them to new democratic ideals and help them rise up against their authoritar…