online harassment

Twitter Buys Anti-Abuse Company To Help It Suck Less

Twitter Buys Anti-Abuse Company To Help It Suck Less

Historically, Twitter has done a poor job of protecting its users from incessant abuse and threats. In a bid to curb the rampant harassment on its service, however, Twitter announced late last night that it’s buying Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup that aimed to help companies curb spam, fraud and abuse…

What Does Twitter’s Biz Stone Think His Job Is?

What Does Twitter’s Biz Stone Think His Job Is?

“I definitely spend way more time reading tweets than writing tweets,” Twitter co-founder Biz Stone told Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross in 2011. Back then, his company was enjoying praise for its (largely accidental) role in helping to organise the Arab Spring, with Stone describing himself as “an infrequent tweeter” and…

Nazi-Loving White Nationalist Allowed To Tweet Again

Nazi-Loving White Nationalist Allowed To Tweet Again

Nazi-saluting white nationalist Richard Spencer — who coined the term “alt-right” — had his Twitter account reinstated, along with verification. In mid-November, Spencer was suspended from the site along with other prominent alt-right voices like Pax Dickinson and Ricky Vaughn.