Twitter suing the US Department of Justice and the FBI to provide more details about the extent of US government surveillance.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, follows an agreement between internet companies like Google and Microsoft with the government about court orders they receive related to surveillance.
Twitter said it was "asking the court to declare these restrictions on our ability to speak about government surveillance as unconstitutional under the First Amendment."
Anti-discrimination campaigners have offered their support to Mario Balotelli after he received a tide of racist abuse on TwitterRead the full story ›
Police are investigating racist abuse which targeted Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli on Twitter.
We can confirm officers are looking into offensive comments made on Twitter about Mario Balotelli earlier today.
The abuse was triggered after Balotelli's reacted to Manchester United's shock defeat to Leicester City. Balotelli, part of the Reds side that lost 5-3 at, tweeted:
Man utd ... LOL
Balotelli has been singled out for racist abuse in the past. He was heckled by Italy supporters during a pre-World Cup training camp in May and was on the receiving end of numerous instances of racist abuse during his time at Internazionale and, more recently, AC Milan.
The latest statistics show that seven million referendum-related tweets have been sent since early August.
They also show that the Yes campaign has been dominant in the Twitter debate.
- 7m referendum-related tweets sent since 5th August
- A fifth of these have been sent in the past 48 hours
- 1.55 million tweets have used hastags related to Yes Scotland campaign
- 500,000 tweets have used Better Together hashtags.
- In the past 48 hours, there have been 378,000 mentions of 'Yes' hashtags, and 138,000 mentions of No hashtags
Zelda Williams has returned to Twitter less than a month after leaving due to abusive messages received in the wake of her father's death.Read the full story ›
Richard Dawkins has apologised for the "feeding frenzy" caused when he implied it was "immoral" to not abort a foetus with Down's syndrome.Read the full story ›
Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in another Twitter row, after claiming it would be "immoral" to not abort a foetus with Downs Syndrome.Read the full story ›
Tweets from people you do not follow may now appear in your timeline as a result of changes implemented by the social-networking site Twitter.
"When we identify a Tweet, an account to follow, or other content that's popular or relevant, we may add it to your timeline," Twitter said in a statement.
Its stated goal is to make Twitter users' timelines "even more relevant and interesting".
Another change that has been tested and now implemented is that favourited tweets will appear in your timeline, alongside your tweets and re-tweets.
The changes have so far proved unpopular with some users taking to Twitter to vent their frustration.
Twitter says it has "suspended a number of accounts" following the abuse that Robin Williams' daughter suffered on the social media site following his death.
A statement reportedly from Twitter's vice president of trust and safety, reprinted in the Washington Post, said:
We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter. We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one. This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.
Young people would rather use social media than help a person in need, according to a poll carried out by a blood cancer charity.
According to the survey by Anthony Nolan:
- 9% of 18 to 24-year-olds would write a post on Facebook or Twitter or share a photo.
- 15% of 18 to 24-year-olds have pretended to be on the phone or texting to avoid helping a stranger who was in danger.
- 6% of people aged 25 to 34 would post about such event on social media.
- 7% of people aged 25 to 34 would take a photo on their mobile phones.
- 3% of people said they would take to the internet if they saw a stranger in trouble.