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Twitter sues US government for details of user surveillance

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.

"We've tried to achieve the level of transparency our users deserve without litigation, but to no avail," Twitter said in ablog post.

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."


Police investigate after Balotelli receives racist Twitter abuse

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.

– Merseyside Police

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:

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.

Seven million referendum tweets sent since 5th August

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


Twitter explains the strange tweets in your timeline

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.

Twitter has been trying out changes to the way the timeline works on the social-networking site Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

"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 to 'improve policies' after Zelda Williams abuse

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.

– Del Harvey, Twitter VP of Trust and Safety
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