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Twitter Earns Top Spot For Protecting User Privacy [STUDY]

Nothing posted online is private, of course – and any expectation of privacy on social media is pure comedy, but some sites (like Twitter) go the extra mile in an attempt to appease the masses.

And guess what? When stacked against other sites by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Twitter earns top marks for protecting user privacy! Guess who doesn’t?

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Twitter Warns Journalists That News And Media Organizations Are ‘High Value Targets’ For Hackers

Last week the world was rocked by a tweet issued by the official Associated Press (@AP) Twitter profile that reported that President Barack Obama had been injured after two explosions in the White House.

Except (and of course), the news was fake. There were no explosions at the White House, and President Obama had not been injured. The problem? The source, the @AP Twitter account, was real, and had been compromised by hackers, and Twitter has now warned journalists and media companies that they expect these attacks to continue.

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5 Tips For Protecting Your Twitter Account From Hackers

On the Internet, privacy and security are major concerns, especially as hacking on Twitter is more rampant than ever.

In order to protect your Twitter account from hackers – be they intentionally targeting your account, or including you in a systematic sweep – follow these five tips, below.

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Syrian Hackers Send Fake Tweet From AP Account Announcing White House Attack

Did you see the tweet that came from the Associated Press Twitter account earlier today?

The tweet claimed The White House was under an attack of some sort and that the President Obama was injured. Coming so soon after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, many folks believed it and retweeted it.

Some hacks are funny, like when Burger King got hacked - or they’re mostly harmless razzing, but this one could’ve caused widespread panic  - and it DID cause a change in the stock market.

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Fired Social Media Editor Shares Reuters’ Twitter Guidelines; Demonstrates Professional Risks One Takes On Twitter

You may have heard of Matthew Keys. He’s a journalist who was indicted by the Department of Justice (DoJ) for allegedly “giving hackers access to the servers of his former employer, the Tribune Company. Tribune owns the Los Angeles Times, which the Anonymous hacker subsequently defaced.”

Keys was also, until recently, the social media editor for Reuters. After being let go today, he shared the news organization’s Twitter guidelines – and they demonstrate the dangers of combining personal and professional tweets online.

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Twitter ‘Spam’ Closes Shop

There’s lots of spam on Twitter – particularly when it comes to direct messages (DMs).

There was so much in fact, that Twitter had it’s own @spam account!

But not anymore. Twitter has shut it down. Maybe it felt it was just adding to the noise . . . like the spam it was trying to combat.

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It’s SO Easy To Find Personal Info On Twitter – So Stop Sharing It!

This recurring series focused on twits – people and businesses that just don’t ‘get’ Twitter. We call it The Twit List. Hopefully you don’t find yourself on it.

We’ve told you how easy it is to make your own Twitter bot and how you can learn to manipulate Twitter’s API for free, but do you know all the wonderful things you can do with this knowledge?

One coder does – and he demonstrates one of them by highlighting how moronic people are on Twitter.

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Is The IRS Targeting Tax Cheats On Twitter?

Did you file your taxes yet or are you waiting till the last minute like the other half of the United States? Either way, make sure you don’t talk smack about it on Twitter.

Due to more permissive laws around social media monitoring, the IRS may be targeting tax cheats on Twitter – and you don’t want to put yourself in their sights!

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Twitter Hiring Public Policy Expert In D.C. To Fight For Your Right To Privacy

Twitter seems to be constantly harassed by “the man.” In an effort to protect its users’ privacy, Twitter will not release your account info without VERY good reason – and this stance just ticks governments around the world off to no end.

But now it seems Twitter may be mounting a counter-offensive. The microblogging giant is currently seeking a public policy expert to duke it out for them in D.C.

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Will Twitter’s Dublin Headquarters Open It Up To Libel Lawsuits?

If you check out Twitter’s recent job openings, you’ll see quite a few international openings posted. Everything seems hunky dory, right?

Well, Twitter’s European headquarters in Dublin may come with a cost they didn’t expect.

We wonder if they can hear the water rushing toward them?

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