15 Official Apple Twitter Accounts to Follow Today

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Are you on Twitter? Are you an Apple fanatic or just a user who wants to stay informed? Apple has various verified Twitter accounts to help you stay informed. Take a look at this list and be sure to follow your favorites.
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Twitter is working to steal one of Snapchat’s best features

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A major redesign of Twitter’s mobile app is rumored to be underway and it could spell bad news for Snapchat. Rumors of Twitter’s camera-focused redesign have been swirling for months, but according to a new report, the redesign will also steal one of Snapchat’s best location-based features. Twitter supposedly plans to make a big change […]

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Twitter stock is up on a bunch of news we already knew about

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Twitter stock finished the day up more than 7 percent.

Twitter stock had a great day: Shares were up more than 7 percent on Wednesday, and the stock is higher than it’s been in more than two years.

Why is Twitter having a great day? It’s not entirely clear, though Twitter generated some headlines. In fact, there were three separate stories about Twitter products published in the last 24 hours, which is a lot for a company that isn’t known for launching new products with that kind of cadence.

Turns out, Twitter isn’t launching new products with that kind of cadence. Most of what we read about Wednesday was stuff we already knew.

First, Twitter CFO Ned Segal was on CNBC’s “Mad Money” with Jim Cramer Tuesday afternoon, and mentioned Twitter’s efforts to get more small businesses onto the platform. The CNBC headline accompanying the video reads: “Twitter CFO: We’re creating a subscription product for businesses to advertise on Twitter.”

That’s true, though it’s not new. Twitter first started discussing a subscription service for small business advertisers last July and launched it in November.

A second CNBC story, published Wednesday, carried the headline “Twitter is working on a camera-first feature that could threaten Snap.” We knew in January that Twitter was building a new in-app “Snapchat-style” camera to encourage more photos and videos — the news was first reported by Bloomberg.

The CNBC story did have some new details about Twitter’s content plans — it sounds as though the company will take user photos and videos taken through this camera to help create Moments around live events, similar to what Snapchat does with its Stories product.

But the bulk of the story wasn’t really new.

Twitter is also testing a new way to show people more tweets about breaking news events, according to BuzzFeed. The company will now highlight specific news events at the top of users’ feeds, which then lead users to a stream of tweets about those events.

Twitter was already doing this, just not for news. It’s been curating feeds around live sporting events, and highlighting them at the top of users’ feeds, since last summer. Now it’s adding news alongside sports.

Which is all to say that most of what we learned about Twitter today we already knew. But as Twitter investors will probably tell you, the reminder was appreciated.


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Twitter pushes trending news to the top of your feed

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As Facebook fights its own fake news problem, Twitter looks like it's interested in finding more ways to push news content to its microblogging service. According to a report at BuzzFeed, Twitter has confirmed that it is testing new algorithm-curated…
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Twitter is reportedly working on a Snapchat-style video feature

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Earlier this year, rumors surfaced that Twitter was working on a way to make sharing videos on its platform easier. Now, three sources have told CNBC that a camera-centric feature is in the works and may function in a way that's similar to how Snapch…
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Nintendo Switch updated to suggest Facebook and Twitter friends

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Nintendo’s hybrid console receives its 5.0.0 update today and with it are a couple of tweaks to parental controls, new user avatars from Kirby and Arms, and quicker remote-game purchase downloads. The console also gets the ability to add friends who have their Nintendo accounts linked to Facebook or Twitter. Assuming you’re over the age of 13, you’ll be able to link your Switch’s online Nintendo account to Facebook and Twitter so that you can find your friends on the Switch more easily. We’ve certainly come a long way since the days of the Nintendo Wii where the only way to add friends was…

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Trump Should Mute People on Twitter Instead of Blocking Them, Says Federal Judge

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Silencing Dissent

Federal Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald has advised President Donald Trump to mute Twitter users instead of blocking them. Buchwald is presiding over a lawsuit filed by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University in 2017 on behalf of seven people Trump blocked on Twitter.

The lawsuit asserts that Twitter is a “designated public forum,” and according to White House staff, tweets from Trump’s personal Twitter handle, @realDonaldTrump, count as “official statements.”

Based on the First Amendment, the government cannot suppress or restrict citizens’ protests and opinions on a public forum, so Trump blocking Twitter users infringes upon their First Amendment rights, according to the lawsuit.

Trump blocking Twitter users prevents them following his feed or easily seeing what he posts. Muting is less restrictive than blocking, as muted users can still see Trump’s feed.

“We’ve said from the outset that muting would be a less restrictive alternative than blocking, so we were pleased the judge raised this possibility,” Jameel Jaffer, executive director of the Knight First Amendment Institute, said to Motherboard in a statement.

Judge Buchwald advised the two parties to work toward a settlement, but said she would issue a ruling if they could not.

Setting a Precedent

President Trump’s social media use is of particular concern not only because of his heightened status, but because it seems to exceed the boundaries set for all other government employees on social media platforms.

Government workers have to adhere to a strict set of rules in regards to social media. This makes sense if they are communicating from an official platform. However, many public figures have to continue operating under these restrictions throughout their careers and lives post-public office.

This is the first time that a president has used Twitter extensively to communicate government action to the public, and it is forcing the U.S. to look more closely at what is or is not constitutional online.

While muted Twitter users can still see President Trump’s feed, he will never see their responses. Though less restrictive than blocking, muting would still hinder citizens’ ability to fully voice concerns to Trump on the platform he seems to use the most.

This is murky new territory, but it is important that we explore it. Social media appears here to stay, and we must solidify how government employees can use these platforms and what actions on them do and do not infringe upon citizens’ First Amendment rights.

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Twitter will livestream Major League Soccer games

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Twitter hasn't scored a major sports livestreaming deal in a long while, but that drought is over. Variety has learned that the social network has struck a 3-year deal with Major League Soccer that will give it a selection of weekly video, including…
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