The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has revealed that nearly half of the child abuse content in the social media space is being shared openly on micro-blogging platform Twitter. According to a report in The Telegraph that accessed the IWF data, 49 per cent of the images, videos and url links it found on social media, search engines and cloud services in the last three years were on Twitter - "making up 1,396 of the total 2,835 incidents". This is a scary incident as the child abuse images and videos slipped through Twitter's filters and were available for anyone to see. According to the IWF, it helps minimise the availability of online sexual abuse content, specifically child sexual abuse content hosted anywhere in the world. The majority of its work focuses on the removal of child sexual abuse images and videos. "We search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. We then have them removed," it said on its … [Read more...] about Nearly half of child abuse content on social media being shared openly on Twitter: Report
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Twitter’s stock price has tumbled over 18 percent after Selerity, a little-known financial tech startup—using a bot that scans financial results-related URLs—published the company’s quarterly results before Twitter announced them officially on Tuesday. The company’s stock price ended the day at $42.27 per share. Today’s $TWTR earnings release was sourced from Twitter’s Investor Relations website https://t.co/QD6138euja. No leak. No hack. — Selerity (@Selerity) April 28, 2015 Selerity did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment. The San Francisco social network giant lost over $162 million in the first quarter of 2015, about $30 million more than it lost during the same period in 2014. Twitter’s own financial records show that it has lost over $1.5 billion between 2010 through 2014. Further ReadingA bot exposes Twitter’s financials—was the scraping an illegal hack? [Updated] “Since our inception, … [Read more...] about After a bot finds Twitter’s financial results early, stock plunges 18%
(This story was updated with Selerity's explanation about how it obtained Twitter's financials.) Traders who were shorting Twitter stock ahead of its earnings announcement Tuesday made a giant windfall. Twitter's shares tumbled 18 percent, and about $5 billion in market cap instantly vanished. Investors were spooked by the $162 million first-quarter loss because the earnings statement was published online about 45 minutes ahead of schedule thanks to a Web-crawling bot that discovered the financials buried deep in Twitter's investor relations page. Further ReadingAfter a bot finds Twitter’s financial results early, stock plunges 18% Financial-intelligence firm Selerity of New York is taking credit for publishing Twitter's abysmal results before NASDAQ's closing bell. It says it didn't hack anybody to get them, either. But Selerity's actions remind us of the exploits of Andrew "weev" Auernheimer, who was criminally prosecuted on hacking charges for obtaining and disclosing the … [Read more...] about A bot exposes Twitter’s financials—was the scraping an illegal hack? [Updated]
Of all the tech echo-chamber arguments, one of my favorites has to be the “RSS is dead” one. Sure, perhaps I’m a bit partial because Steve Gillmor set the discussion in motion in May of 2009 for TechCrunchIT. But it’s still interesting to watch all the sides swarm around the topic. But what’s most interesting lately is how for every one person that busts out the death of RSS meme, a dozen people seem to pop up with posts that refute it. If RSS is doing just fine, shouldn’t that be self-evident? Why do we need so many posts pointing out just how not dead RSS is? Just today, we have GigaOM, Dave Winer, and even Google pointing out that RSS is fine. Some, like Winer, say that it simply needs to be rebooted. Others, like Mathew Ingram for GigaOM, point out that the current way people use it will continue to supplement services like Twitter and Facebook that are supposedly killing it. So what is actually going on? The fact of the matter remains that … [Read more...] about Saying “RSS Is Dead” Is Dead, Saying “RSS Is Not Dead” Is Not — Today.