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Twitter Announces New Rules To Ban Impersonation And Nude Photos

March 12th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Twitter has has updated its rules to ban tweets of intimate images that have been shared without the consent of the subject/s who are photographed or appear in the videos.

This major move for Twitter has been greeted with praise since the company has struggled to address bullying and revenge porn on its platform. Cosmopolitan has published a leaked memo from Twitter’s CEO Dick Costolo saying even he was disappointed with how Twitter has handled trolling in the past:

“We suck at dealing with abuse and trolls on the platform and we’ve sucked at it for years. It’s no secret and the rest of the world talks about it every day. We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day. I’m frankly ashamed of how poorly we’ve dealt with this issue during my tenure as CEO. It’s absurd. There’s no excuse for it. I take full responsibility for not being more aggressive on this front. It’s nobody else’s fault but mine, and it’s embarrassing.”

In their updated rules, Twitter notifies users: “You may not impersonate others through the Twitter service in a manner that does or is intended to mislead, confuse, or deceive others.You may not publish or post other people’s private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission. You may not post intimate photos or videos that were taken or distributed without the subject’s consent.”

Last month, Reddit also banned users from posting sexual content without the consent of the contents subject/s.

How Much Is A Tweet Worth To A Movie?

March 1st, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Twitter is a powerful tool for sharing news (if you consider llamas on the run news), however, one does not think about the costs behind sending a 140 character message on the social media platform. Variety says in the time leading up to a feature film’s release, a single tweet can add $560 value to the film’s earned funds. For example, when a  studio’s advertising campaign is at an all time high, a consumer’s tweet is worth an average of $713 in box office revenue. The week before a film stops showing in theaters, a tweet about the movie will average $161 in ticket sales.

There is a caveat. How much a tweet generate funds depends on the film’s genre.

Animated films have a better chance at making more money during opening weekend because multiple tickets are being bought, not because of Twitter because children usually don’t have Twitter profiles. Also, when a person expresses the need to see a movie four weeks before it releases, it can generate $4,420 and $1,100 once the film debuts.

Network Insights investigated these financial factors by evaluating 400 movies from 2012 to the present and examined Twitter’s activity around the time each film was released. Network Insights also used 10 different mathematical models to average how much money tweets generate for films. Studies like NI’s give studios the opportunity to evaluate if they are marketing films correctly to their target audiences.

Does social media influence what movies you see?

Twitter Announces Two Major New Features

January 27th, 2015 - By Rhonesha Byng
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First, they purchased Vine, then they said let there be .gifs, now Twitter is officially saying, let there be video (and private group chats).

Twitter announced today that it is rolling out two brand new features: group chats along with video capture and editing. With the group chat feature, you can speak privately with a group of up to 20 people. The video update allows users to capture share and edit video right from the Twitter app. Videos can be up to 30 seconds.

“Anyone on Twitter will be able to capture and share video,” said Jinen Kamdar, a Twitter product director, said in an interview with The New York Times to discuss the changes. “It’s less about pro editing and more about getting authentic clips out in the world really quickly.”

You can record directly within the app and inline editing tools allow you to clip the video, and re-arrange your clips. You can also upload video from the camera roll. Videos will play in your timeline with just one tap.

For group chats, you no longer have to worry about your Twitter handle taking up characters for the messages you want to share. Also, you can add people in the chat who don’t follow one another and you will have the option to be able to share gifs, videos and pictures.

The features roll out in the coming weeks. These updates come at a critical time as Twitter’s investors have long been unhappy with the pace of product development and criticized the platform for its “lack of growth.” The additions also come at an interesting time as the popularity of private chat/video platform Snapchat has risen. The features put Twitter more on par with other platforms like Facebook that have long had these capabilities.

We aren’t sure if we should be excited or brace ourselves for the two new features. However, despite the criticism, something to appreciate about Twitter is that it still manages to preserve its core feature – broadcasting a 140 character status – while still evolving the platform.

How do you feel about these new features? Are you looking forward to trying them out?

Soulja Boy, Nia Riley & Why You Can’t Date Men Who Call Themselves Boys

January 23rd, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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The saga between Soulja Boy and Nia Riley has been long and drawn out. We witnessed it on “Love and Hip Hop New York” and then again on various social media sites. In case you missed it, here are a few key moments from what we’ve seen of their relationship.

– Nia knows that Soulja Boy has cheated in the past but sees the potential in him and wants to make it work.

– Soulja Boy is still young and wants to have fun. He throws a birthday party for himself at the house and Nia gets mad that he didn’t tell her he was doing so. She thinks he’s still behaving as if he doesn’t want to mature and be active in helping her raise her daughter.

– Nia had a miscarriage and, on camera, Soulja Boy offered absolutely no support.

– Nia was in a car accident and Soulja Boy realizes he doesn’t want to lose her.

– On the reunion, Nia says she’s not stupid and realizes that Soulja Boy is still probably still sleeping with other women.

And even though the two have broken up a time or two, as recently as this past Christmas, they were all booed up.

Source: Instagram

Source: Instagram

But today, Soulja Boy and Nia are definitely on the outs. How do I know? The same way I know when any celebrity breaks up, they put it on social media.

Here’s what Soulja Boy tweeted early this morning.

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Wompity, womp womp. I really wish I were making this up.

I see Soulja Boy is on his Chris Brown steez…but a bit worse.

Listen, I empathize with Nia, quite a few of us have a story about dating a man who was not only immature but was downright disrespectful at times. But even with that being said, I still want to shake the hell out of her whilst screaming “Leave him alone!” And that’s the short, expletive free version.

Soulja Boy’s name literally says it all. He is a child…a very young child. A toddler perhaps.

Yeah, Soulja Boy deleted the tweets but every celebrity knows the screenshot is real…and swift. Anyone who would disrespect someone he claimed to love is just not someone you want in your life or your child’s, for that matter.

I don’t condone violence or anything but I wouldn’t fault Teddy Riley for “reaching out” to this clown and letting him know what he will and won’t do as it refers to his daughter.

“Glory” Win For John Legend & Common Dominated Twitter On Golden Globes Night

January 15th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Facebook and Twitter dominated the 72nd Golden Globes social media coverage this past Sunday. Mashable notes the most talked about moments on the award show was: legendary musician Prince announced Common and John Legend won a Golden Globe award for their song “Glory” for the civil rights film Selma. At the same time, Legend’s wife, model Chrissy Teigen became a viral meme when the camera showed her crying tears of joy for her husband. In their report, Mashable also says the Golden Globes acquired 2.6 million tweets which serve as a 24 percent increase from the 2014 Golden Globes. The top three conversation trends for Twitter from the Golden Globes were:

“Glory” (Selma) wins Best Original Song
Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart) wins Best Supporting Actor in a Mini-Series
Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins Best Actor in a Mini-Series

As for Facebook, the social media platform has 17 million interactions (public posts, comments and likes) from eight million users which is a huge leap from the 7.2 million Facebook interactions in 2014. Here are the top 10 Facebook moments from the Golden Globes as told to Mashable:

Prince presents for Best Original Song; Common and John Legend win (Selma)
Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson present; Joanne Frogatt (Downton Abbey) wins Best Supporting Actress
Transparent wins Best TV Comedy or Musical
Jennifer Lopez and Jeremy Renner present; Billy Bob Thornton (Fargo) wins for Best Actor in a Miniseries
Ricky Gervais presents; Amy Adams (Big Eyes) wins for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s opening monologue
Jared Leto presents; Patricia Arquette (Boyhood) wins for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
Kevin Spacey (House of Cards) wins Best Actor in a TV Drama
Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig present; Birdman wins for Best Original Screenplay
Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda present; Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent) wins for Best Actor in a TV Comedy

Did you participate in online commentary about the Golden Globes?

Sony Threatens Twitter With Legal Action For Publishing Leaked Company Content

December 23rd, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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In the latest news concerning the Sony breach saga, the entertainment corporation plans to sue Twitter if it does not police its users from posting its leaked information. USA Today says Sony asked Twitter to suspend accounts that shared screenshots of their leaked information. Despite their request, the Twitter accounts remains active.

Re/code reports that Sony complained specifically about musician Val Broeksmit who has been tweeting screen grabs of Sony emails on his Twitter account. Although Twitter prohibits its users from posting another person’s private information, it does not suspend its users from posting links to the source of the private information. Broeksmit shared with Re/code in an interview that the information he posted from the Sony leak was “fascinating, entertaining or interesting.” He also noted that he doubts he will stop posting Sony’s private documents because for the first time a corporation is made vulnerable, internationally, to the public.

Broeksmit says he did not know that sharing Sony’s emails would be illegal:

“I thought this stuff was all in the public domain. I figured it was so easy to get it must be in the public domain by now. I don’t know where the line is that things become public domain. This is all so different and strange.”

Though, Sony sent a legal dispute letter to him, Broeksmit has not received any legal advice yet. Sony has also sent legal letters to various media outlets, to stop publishing their “stolen” corporate content. If you’re doing it too, you’ll probably be getting something in the mail as well.

Sony Corporation was hacked on November 24 by the Guardians Of Peace; last week Friday the United States government announced the North Korean government ordered the attack because of the Sony film, The Interview. The movie’s plot is about the assassination of North Korea’s leader Kim Jeong- un.


Words of Wisdom From Russell Simmons To Help You Get Over Hump Day

November 19th, 2014 - By Meg Butler
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Hump Day got you stressed out? Close that Excel spreadsheet, lean back in your swivel chair and read some words of wisdom from @UncleRUSH to help you through the rest of the week.

Image Source: Twitter/Shutterstock

Image Source: Twitter/Shutterstock


Your micro-managing supervisor can only ruin your day if you let her.

Twitter Users Post The “N-Word” Half-A-Million Times A Day

November 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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People get too loose with their language on social media. And at times it can be very offensive. According to a new study, Twitter users post the “N-word” 500,000 times a day. Yes, daily!

During the past month, it has been posted by users more than 5.5 million times, according to data on Not all this usage is racist in nature, but the study reveals that–like it or not–the “N-word” is ingrained in today’s U.S. youth culture.

But it isn’t only on Twitter. The “N-word” can not only be seen all over social media sites but even some organizations have used it or similarly offensive terms. The U.S. Army recently apologized for the use of the term “Negro.” After this came to light recently, the Army removed a policy that said it was acceptable to refer to Black service members as a “Negro,” reports CNN.

“The U.S. Army fully recognized, and promptly acted, to remove outdated language in Army Regulation 600-20 as soon as it was brought to our attention,” an Army spokesman said in a statement. “We apologize to anyone we offended.”

But some organizations are moving to strike the use of the term in their ranks. The National Football League, for example, is now has a “zero tolerance” policy for players’ use of the “N-word” on the field. Referees can issue a 15-yard penalty to NFL players who use the racial slur for a first time; players who offend again can be ejected from the game.

“And already this season, San Francisco 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick, a mixed-race quarterback–alongside several other players — has been penalized and fined by the NFL for using the slur,” reports The Daily Mail.

And then you have Piers Morgan who would like the “N-word” taken out of circulation entirely from everywhere.

What do you think about the use of the “N-word”?

Twitter Partners With Women’s Group To Fight Online Harassment

November 10th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Twitter has joined up with a women’s advocacy group to take on the issue of online harassment.

Women, Action and the Media (WAM) has created a form for Twitter users to report cases of “gendered harassment,” and as The Los Angeles Times reports, “If the reports seem valid, WAM will use its clout as an ‘authorized reporter’ to flag the requests, forwarding them to Twitter.”

Users can complain about the specific types of abuse they are experiencing, including “whether someone has made an impostor account, is sending them violent threats, is using Twitter to encourage people to harass the person offline, or any of other several defined categories.”

According to an October Pew study, 25 percent of young women online have been sexually harassed on the Internet and 26 percent have experienced online stalking.

“The disproportionate targeting of women online results in them removing their voices from the public conversation,” Jaclyn Friedman, the organization’s executive director, said in a statement.

The harassment of women online is in the spotlight now, due in part to “GamerGate,” the ongoing controversy about death threats, as well as threats of rape and violence, against women who are speaking out about the perceived sexism in mainstream video games.


“You Got Some Strong Ass Looking Hands” If Men Spoke To Each Other The Way They Speak To Women On The Street

November 3rd, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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With the recent release of Hollaback!’s viral Street Harassment video and all of the attention it’s gathering, street harassment has been propelled to the forefront of the national conversation. There have been debates between men and women on CNN, washed up rappers are arguing that feminists are trying to take away a man’s right to be a man and in real life women and men are finally having long-overdue discussions about how frequently we fell completely unsafe just being a woman in public.

In our office particularly we discuss how more men should hold each other accountable about acceptable ways to communicate with a woman in public. And thankfully, blogger, radio host and comedian Elon James White is doing just that with his hashtag #DudesGreetingDudes.

Basically, it’s a hashtag to debunk the notion that men who approach women on the street are doing so just to “say hi” or be friendly. White argues that if men really were so eager just to say hello, they would be greeting men as well. So he writes:

“Dudes. If you feel society has lost its decency, let’s bring it back. Let’s start the #DudesGreetingDudes movement! Say hi to each other! 

These women don’t get it. Y’all just want to say hi. What’s wrong with hi?!? So let’s just leave them out completely. #DudesGreetingDudes

The Women will soon realize what they missed out on BUT IT’LL BE TOO LATE. Let the women walk in silence. SORRY LADIES. #DudesGreetingDudes.” 

That was sarcasm in case you didn’t catch it. So check one of the best tweets of this particular hashtag.