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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter use

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a social media star, to school House Democrats on Twitter useThe lesson comes as a generational divide between members of Congress and the tech platforms they oversee has been on full display.



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President Trump mocks CNN's Jim Acosta over Twitter video at border wall

President Trump mocks CNN's Jim Acosta over Twitter video at border wallPresident Donald Trump joined a chorus of Republicans in mocking Jim Acosta, CNN's chief White House correspondent, on Twitter for a video the journalist posted showing areas of the border that had a wall.



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Decade-old flaw in Twitter allows hackers to spread ISIS propaganda using old accounts, report claims

Decade-old flaw in Twitter allows hackers to spread ISIS propaganda using old accounts, report claimsTerrorists are allegedly exploiting a decade-old vulnerability in Twitter's systems to hijack dormant accounts and spread propaganda online. According to TechCrunch, there has been a resurgence in the number of accounts being hacked in recent weeks, many of which had been inactive for years. The hackers are reportedly using the fact that, prior to this summer, those opening an account with Twitter did not need to confirm their email addresses, meaning there are a number of accounts on the platform not linked to real email addresses or expired addresses. This allows hackers to then create the email address, and so gain access to the attached account. Security experts said this issue was "all too well known", but that it was hard for Twitter to manage the problem. "Twitter could expire accounts after a certain period of dormancy, but legacy accounts that were created without real associated emails will be vulnerable to this sort of hijack," said Robert Pritchard, the former cyber-security researcher at GCHQ and founder of The Cyber Security Expert. Alan Woodward, a computer scientist from the University of Surrey, agreed that "there has been some evidence of this before but it’s difficult to see how you stop it unless you disable any Twitter account that has been inactive for more than a certain period". "When the accounts are set up with common email services they can be effectively taken over." Monthly active users TechCrunch said it had been alerted to a number of the hijacked accounts by a security researcher known as WauchulaGhost. The site said those accounts had been spreading propaganda, including videos of Islamic State fighters and messages supporting violence, such as one said to have read: "With your cars, let’s go pack, you bomb, go with a bomb, you go in any way." Many of the accounts have since been deleted, it added. WauchulaGhost said: "A lot of these older dormant accounts never created the email they have listed on the account. All someone has to do is create it and take over the account. At the moment Islamic State is using this flaw to spread their propaganda." Technology intelligence – newsletter promo – RHS Twitter had signalled it was aware of the issue in June, introducing the requirement for new accounts to be confirmed with either email addresses or phone numbers. "This is an important change to defend against people who try to take advantage of our openness," Twitter had said at the time. Between January and June, it had suspended a total of 205,156 accounts which had violated its policy prohibiting the promotion of terrorism.  Following the report on Wednesday, a spokesman for Twitter said: "Reusing email addresses in this manner is not a new issue for Twitter or other online services. For our part, our teams are aware and are working to identify solutions that can help keep Twitter accounts safe and secure."



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Mitt Romney goes after Trump in op-ed and Twitter is ready with plenty of jokes about frowning politely

Mitt Romney goes after Trump in op-ed and Twitter is ready with plenty of jokes about frowning politelyThe government remains partially shut down and on Tuesday night a scathing  op-ed written by Mitt Romney, former Republican presidential nominee and current senator-elect, was published in The Washington Post. In the 13-paragraph editorial, Romney unleashed his brutally honest criticisms of President Trump, saying his “character falls short” of that needed to successfully shape the nation. Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake?



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Melania Trump's skin-colored pants confuse Twitter: 'Where are your pants?'

Melania Trump's skin-colored pants confuse Twitter: 'Where are your pants?'After trips to Iraq and Germany, the first lady stepped out in a Prada coat and tan pants – but some thought she wasn't wearing any pants at all.



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Police criticised for asking public to choose which village to patrol via Twitter poll

Police criticised for asking public to choose which village to patrol via Twitter pollA local police force has been criticised for asking the public to vote on which village they should patrol by using a poll on Twitter. Wiltshire Police force has been accused of signposting where criminals should target after announcing on social media that it would send officers to patrol one of three villages. It posted: "Which village would you like us to patrol later today?", giving the options of Aldbourne, Great Bedwyn and Worton. The village Great Bedwyn was picked as the winner. The force wrote: "Great Bedwyn got the vote! Quick pit stop to refuel and we’ll head there!" The Twitter account posted pictures from the village, writing:  "As promised, a foot patrol of Great Bedwyn! Had a chat to some residents and bumped into Daisy the dog." Followers of the account were quick to criticise, with Steve Johnson incredulously writing: "Wow a poll to see where to patrol ? What next a lucky dip to see who to arrest!" Which village would you like us to patrol later today?— Wiltshire Police (@wiltshirepolice) December 29, 2018 Another, Matty, wrote: "So the criminals will be hitting Worton and Aldbourne later then." Follower Gary Lawrence asked:"Is this a joke? If it is it’s not very funny @wiltshirepolice If it’s serious you need to think about the message it sends out. What next, a poll on what crimes to investigate or suspects to charge?" The force replied: "Not meant as a joke. We continually patrol rural areas. We are promoting our work and engaging with the communities." Mr Lawrence said in response: "It's commendable but how do people who don't use social media get a say? Who decides which areas go on the poll? What happens in the places that don't win the vote?" Chief constable Kier Pritchard said: "We patrol areas based on intelligence, likely risk and threat and where we can do our level best to reassure the public and prevent crime. This tweet was just part of raising awareness that we have to make choices and involve the public, we can’t be everywhere." Many pointed to budget cuts as a reason for police having to ask the public where to patrol. Cuts to police budgets that have led to a reduction of 20,000 officers since 2010. Dave Thompson, the National Police Chiefs’ Council Lead for Finance and Resources, said earlier this year that “budget cuts and a hands-off Government approach to aspects of policing” mean the public’s experience is of a “less visible, less responsive and less proactive” force.



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Facebook, Twitter remove fake news sites in Bangladesh ahead of election

Facebook, Twitter remove fake news sites in Bangladesh ahead of electionFacebook and Twitter said on Thursday they had removed accounts and fake news pages linked to the Bangladesh government that had posted anti-opposition content, days ahead of an election in the South Asian nation. Facebook, Bangladesh’s most popular social network with an estimated 30 million users, said it had removed nine fake news pages “linked to individuals associated with the Bangladesh government” which mimicked those of independent news outlets. Bangladesh’s interior minister, Assaduzzaman Khan, said action would be taken against people behind the fake accounts.



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Women are harassed every 30 seconds on Twitter, major study finds

Women are harassed every 30 seconds on Twitter, major study findsIf you’re a woman with an opinion on Twitter, chances are you’ve been harassed, abused, or even threatened. “We found that, although abuse is targeted at women across the political spectrum, women of colour were much more likely to be impacted, and black women are disproportionately targeted.



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Twitter Users Shred Trump For 'Celebrating' The Weekly Standard's Closure

Twitter Users Shred Trump For 'Celebrating' The Weekly Standard's ClosureTwitter users have castigated President Donald Trump after he rejoiced at the



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