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Twitter in the news – terms of service – tweet length increases to 280 characters – role in Russian election interference

Columbia Journalism Review – “This week, following an incendiary tweet by President Trump toward North Korea, Twitter is making an update to its terms of service. The social media company will now consider newsworthiness alongside its other criteria in determining whether to allow speech on its platform…By deciding what is newsworthy, Twitter will effectively be making editorial decisions, moving its platform even further into the role of a media company. A recent release from Pew shows that two thirds of Americans get at least some news from social media. And the proportion of Twitter users who get news from Twitter is now 75 percent, up 15 percentage points from last year. By comparison, 68 percent of Facebook users get news there…” [h/t Pete Weiss]

See also Business Insider – Twitter is doubling the length of tweets to 280 characters for some people and Trump isn’t in the test group for the double-length 280-character tweets

Via Twitter – “Can’t fit your Tweet into 140 characters? We’re trying something new with a small group, and increasing the character limit to 280! Excited about the possibilities? Read our blog to find out how it all adds up.”

and one more – Twitter Seen as Key Engine in Russian Influence Campaign – “Twitter may have been used even more extensively than Facebook as a tool for Russian interference. Congress has invited both social media sites, as well as Google, to a hearing, a Senate aide said.”

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