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(Bloomberg)   Twitter suspends 300,000 accounts for terrorist content. But not that one   ( bloomberg.com) divider line
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2017-09-20 06:05:40 AM  
Can thy ban the rest soon?
 
2017-09-20 06:37:19 AM  
Why would they ban that one?  That one makes them money.
 
2017-09-20 07:14:24 AM  
Why would they ban that one? The one responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other?
 
2017-09-20 07:23:12 AM  

vudukungfu: Why would they ban that one? The one responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other?


Taylor Swift?
 
2017-09-20 07:23:36 AM  

dittybopper: Why would they ban that one?  That one makes them money.


How does twitter make money? Honest question. No advertising or fees. I assumed their only potential value was the  inflated valuation of their stock.

Isn't that why nobody will buy them? They're really an odd item - in the news more than apple or amazon but worthless.
 
2017-09-20 07:34:20 AM  

holdmybones: dittybopper: Why would they ban that one?  That one makes them money.

How does twitter make money? Honest question. No advertising or fees. I assumed their only potential value was the  inflated valuation of their stock.

Isn't that why nobody will buy them? They're really an odd item - in the news more than apple or amazon but worthless.


From what I can see (regular Twitter consumer) people pay to promote tweets and advertisers can do the same. Beyond that, I assume they sell marketing information.

I think their only value is the hundreds of millions who use the service. It's a ready made market for someone.
 
2017-09-20 07:37:36 AM  
FTA: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent, and that 935,897 accounts had been suspended since August 2015, with two-thirds of those coming in the past year.

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2017-09-20 07:46:49 AM  

Driver: FTA: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent, and that 935,897 accounts had been suspended since August 2015, with two-thirds of those coming in the past year.

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They* wish.

*the stooges in the ops room
 
2017-09-20 09:00:07 AM  

Chris Ween: vudukungfu: Why would they ban that one? The one responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other?

Taylor Swift?


No. Becky.
 
2017-09-20 09:05:46 AM  

holdmybones: dittybopper: Why would they ban that one?  That one makes them money.

How does twitter make money? Honest question. No advertising or fees. I assumed their only potential value was the  inflated valuation of their stock.

Isn't that why nobody will buy them? They're really an odd item - in the news more than apple or amazon but worthless.


They don't make money.  But the best part is that the city of SF is making sure that under absolutely no circumstances will twitter be paying any taxes on the money they don't make and probably never will.  Because jobs or something.
 
2017-09-20 09:16:24 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: holdmybones: dittybopper: Why would they ban that one?  That one makes them money.

How does twitter make money? Honest question. No advertising or fees. I assumed their only potential value was the  inflated valuation of their stock.

Isn't that why nobody will buy them? They're really an odd item - in the news more than apple or amazon but worthless.

From what I can see (regular Twitter consumer) people pay to promote tweets and advertisers can do the same. Beyond that, I assume they sell marketing information.

I think their only value is the hundreds of millions who use the service. It's a ready made market for someone.


It is.

They make their money by selling to marketers.  Think of all the people who retweet That One's tweets alone.  It's a gold mine for the political parties.  *BOTH* parties.  If you're engaged enough to retweet the latest nugget of wisdom or the latest horrible outrage, depending on your viewpoint, then that's something that the political parties want to know about so they can target you with ads, if not on Twitter, then on other platforms.
 
2017-09-20 09:17:34 AM  
Remember:  If you are getting a service for free, you aren't the customer.  You're the product.
 
2017-09-20 09:34:11 AM  
Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.
 
2017-09-20 09:49:43 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.


How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?
 
2017-09-20 09:57:05 AM  

dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?


My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.
 
2017-09-20 10:01:05 AM  
Remember when twitter first rose to prominence, during Arab Spring and the student marches in Iran? Back then, the only conversations of any importance occurring on twitter were by people who were considered to be terrorists.
 
2017-09-20 10:10:26 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?

My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.


But numbers change all the time.  My wife still occasionally gets calls for some guy named Steve who apparently had her number years ago.  What if he was a terrorist and she wanted to start using Twitter?
 
2017-09-20 10:19:37 AM  

dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?

My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.

But numbers change all the time.  My wife still occasionally gets calls for some guy named Steve who apparently had her number years ago.  What if he was a terrorist and she wanted to start using Twitter?


The phone itself has an IMEI to identify the physical hardware. Phone numbers are terrible verification numbers since they can and do change regularly.
 
2017-09-20 10:20:23 AM  
meanwhile if you tweet "go fark yourself" at a Nazi you'll get YOUR account suspended

great job twitter
 
2017-09-20 10:33:31 AM  
Between the terrorists, the lying liars who lie, the people who harass others, the stalkers, and the other categories of garbage person I missed: What is it actually good for that makes all that other shiat worth it? because as far as I know, there isnt anything, and nothing would be lost from it shriving up and dying
/genuine question
 
2017-09-20 11:08:59 AM  
I had to get off Twitter because it was becoming impossible to tell who the real people were and who were bots/creeps/scam artists/sociopaths.

And even among the regular users, it's so easy to tap into paranoia, falsified information and never ending drama that I felt like Twitter was a detriment to my mental health.

/I also realized it's REALLY stupid to leave a public record of your raw thoughts in regard to things you care about, which is what Twitter encourages.
 
2017-09-20 11:35:39 AM  

Chris Ween: vudukungfu: Why would they ban that one? The one responsible for more terrorist attacks than any other?

Taylor Swift?


No, they are trying to insinuate that Trump is a terrorist
Come on, this is fark, should have been obvious.
 
2017-09-20 11:41:00 AM  
Cobra Commander?
 
2017-09-20 12:23:51 PM  
No wonder their stock is dropping. If you don't have users, you don't have a product to sell.
 
2017-09-20 12:58:55 PM  
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2017-09-20 01:23:31 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?

My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.

But numbers change all the time.  My wife still occasionally gets calls for some guy named Steve who apparently had her number years ago.  What if he was a terrorist and she wanted to start using Twitter?

The phone itself has an IMEI to identify the physical hardware. Phone numbers are terrible verification numbers since they can and do change regularly.


People get rid of phones all the time also, perhaps more often than they change numbers.  Current phone my son has is a "trade in" from someone else.
 
2017-09-20 02:28:46 PM  

dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?

My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.

But numbers change all the time.  My wife still occasionally gets calls for some guy named Steve who apparently had her number years ago.  What if he was a terrorist and she wanted to start using Twitter?

The phone itself has an IMEI to identify the physical hardware. Phone numbers are terrible verification numbers since they can and do change regularly.

People get rid of phones all the time also, perhaps more often than they change numbers.  Current phone my son has is a "trade in" from someone else.


Yeah, for sure. I assume these people automated their account creation, too. That can be very easily detected since a big string of accounts get created with precise timestamps or non-random intervals.
 
2017-09-20 03:23:35 PM  
Wake me up when they do something about the army of Russian bots and sock-puppets shiatting all over every conversation.
 
2017-09-20 06:00:23 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: Tr0mBoNe: dittybopper: BarkingUnicorn: Twitter said about 75 percent of the blocked accounts this year were spotted before a single tweet was sent

Well, that's disturbing.

How can you block an account for terrorist content when there isn't any content yet?

My assumption is the phone or computer used to set up the account has been previously identified.

But numbers change all the time.  My wife still occasionally gets calls for some guy named Steve who apparently had her number years ago.  What if he was a terrorist and she wanted to start using Twitter?

The phone itself has an IMEI to identify the physical hardware. Phone numbers are terrible verification numbers since they can and do change regularly.

People get rid of phones all the time also, perhaps more often than they change numbers.  Current phone my son has is a "trade in" from someone else.

Yeah, for sure. I assume these people automated their account creation, too. That can be very easily detected since a big string of accounts get created with precise timestamps or non-random intervals.


So what you're saying is I need to update my Twitter terrorist bot creation script to include some random waits between commands?
 
2017-09-20 06:03:38 PM  

TruBluTroll: Wake me up when they do something about the army of Russian bots and sock-puppets shiatting all over every conversation.


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That was the best shiatting on a conversation picture I could find in under a minute on Google.
 
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