Obama, Biden, Gates Twitter accounts hacked in bitcoin scam

WASHINGTON -- Con artists on Wednesday apparently hacked into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians and major companies in an apparent bitcoin scam.The ruse included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Twitter testing prompt that asks people to read articles before retweeting them

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter is testing a new tool that asks users if they’d like to open articles and actually read them before retweeting to their followers.The feature is being tested on Android phones in English “to help promote informed discussion,” the company said Wednesday.“Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it,” Twitter Support wrote.When someone goes to retweet the link to an article on Twitter but hasn’t clicked through to the story, they may be shown a pop-up message asking if they would like to read it before retweeting.The goal is to slow the spread of viral misinformation, according to Twitter’s product lead Kayvon Beykpour.“It's easy for links/articles to go viral on Twitter.

Twitter disables Trump campaign's George Floyd video tribute

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twitter has blocked a Trump campaign video tribute to George Floyd over a copyright claim, in a move that adds to tensions between the social media platform and the U.S. president, one of its most widely followed users.The company put a label on a video posted by the @TeamTrump account that said, “This media has been disabled in response to a claim by the copyright owner.” The video was still up on President Donald Trump’s YouTube channel and includes pictures of Floyd, whose death sparked widespread protests, at the start.“Per our copyright policy, we respond to valid copyright complaints sent to us by a copyright owner or their authorized representatives,” Twitter said in a statement.

President Trump signs executive order targeting Twitter, social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump escalated his war on social media companies Thursday, May 28, signing an executive order challenging the liability protections that have served as a bedrock for unfettered speech on the internet.Still, the move appears to be more about politics than substance, as the president aims to rally supporters after he lashed out at Twitter for applying fact checks to two of his tweets.President Trump said the fact checks were “editorial decisions” by Twitter and amounted to political activism.

Coronavirus prompts Twitter to allow employees to work from home 'forever'

SAN FRANCISCO -- When Twitter reopens its offices starting around September, its employees can decide whether they want to return or continue working from home "forever," the company confirmed to FOX Business on Tuesday.The news comes as the country's biggest tech giants extend their work-from-home policies amid the coronavirus pandemic, with some companies like Facebook and Google making work-from-home optional until next year."We were uniquely positioned to respond quickly and allow folks to work from home given our emphasis on decentralization and supporting a distributed workforce capable of working from anywhere," a Twitter spokesperson said. "The past few months have proven we can make that work."The spokesperson added that the company's employees "are in a role and situation that enables them to work from home and they want to continue to do so forever, we will make that happen." If employees choose to return to the office when the company feels it is safe, they will be allowed to do so "with some additional precautions."Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave the news to employees in an email obtained by Buzzfeed on Monday, saying they would be given the option to work from home permanently if they want to.The spokesperson said it would likely not be reopening its offices until September with a few exceptions, and environments will likely be somewhat different than before COVID-19 due to extra safety precautions to avoid the spread of germs.

Twitter to label disputed COVID-19 tweets

Chicago — Twitter announced Monday it will warn users when a tweet contains disputed or misleading information about the coronavirus.The new rule is the latest in a wave of stricter policies that tech companies are rolling out to confront an outbreak of virus-related misinformation on their sites.Twitter will take a case-by-case approach to how it decides which tweets are labeled and will only remove posts that are harmful, company leaders said Monday.Some tweets will run with a label underneath that directs users to a link with additional information about COVID-19.

'(Expletive) Khris Middleton:' Giannis Antetokounmpo's Twitter account hacked

MILWAUKEE --Giannis Antetokounmpo's social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon, May 7, and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo's brother and the player's representatives.More than a dozen tweets popped up on Antetokounmpo's feed in the span of about five minutes, and they appeared to clearly be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP.