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The Countries That Block Twitter, Facebook And YouTube [MAP]

The Countries That Block Twitter, Facebook And YouTube [MAP]

The turmoil in Turkey and the government’s subsequent blocking of social media sites – including the recent banning of and legal battle with Twitter – highlights just how powerful social media can be in times of unrest.

And Turkey isn’t the only country to block social media – there are at least six other countries right now that are blocking Twitter, Facebook or YouTube.

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Twitter Transparency Report: Government Requests On The Rise

Twitter Transparency Report: Government Requests On The Rise

Last week, Twitter released the latest version of its transparency report. The report gives the public insight into the number of requests that Twitter receives from governments and copyright holders – and the second half of 2013 saw a surge in the number of requests.

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#DearCongress Trends As Americans Weigh In On The Government Shutdown

#DearCongress Trends As Americans Weigh In On The Government Shutdown

After Congress failed to reach a resolution on a short-term funding measure, the U.S. federal government officially shut down Tuesday morning.

Evidence of how frustrated the American public is with Congress for failing to reach a compromise is rampant on Twitter.

To get a gauge of sentiment on social media surrounding the government shutdown, the TODAY show and Carson Daly asked the public to share their messages for Congress using the hashtag #dearcongress.

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How Is Social Media Being Used By The Government? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Back on April 20, 2007, then U.S. Senator Barack Obama sent his first-ever tweet. A little over six months later, he was elected president.

Of course, it took a little more work than that simple (and, with hindsight, somewhat cock-eyed) tweet, but Obama’s savvy use of social networks to spur interest in his run for the U.S. presidency was absolutely a pivotal part of his campaign, and in the last five years social media has become a key component of the political messaging system, playing an important role in everything from defusing riots, forecasting elections and emergency response.

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Senator Barbara Mikulski Calls Out Reporter’s Tweet In Real Time On The Congress Floor

Twitter took the limelight in Congress yesterday.

Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, called out a BuzzFeed Politics reporter’s tweets in real time.

Here’s the deal.

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Coming Soon To Twitter: Hillary Clinton

Likely hoping to recreate the success of 2012 Presidential nominee (and winner) Barack Obama, word on the street has Hillary Clinton taking aim at Twitter.

And with the buzz she’s already experiencing, we predict surpasses the Mr.’s follower count will take mere minutes.

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Bahrain Sends Six To Prison For A Year For ‘Insulting’ Tweets

There are consequences for what you tweet – particularly if you live in Bahrain. A court there just sentenced six people to jail time for posting insults.

Yeah, you’d probably be looking at a life sentence for the stuff YOU tweet. I know I won’t be visiting that lovely locale any time soon!

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Saudi Government Seeking Workaround To Intercept Tweets

Twitter does what it can to protect users’ privacy, requiring governments to go through legal channels to obtain private information – but some governments aren’t fond of rules.

If you live in Saudi Arabia, it seems your tweets aren’t being intercepted yet – but it’s really only a matter of time. And if you don’t live in Saudi Arabia, don’t be fooled into thinking your safe. Just because other governments aren’t as (unwisely) attempting to recruit folks to intercept tweets and getting publicly busted for it, doesn’t mean they’re NOT doing it.

Yes, I took my paranoia pill today.

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The World Needs More Twitter-Savvy Leaders, According To Twitter Co-founder

Is Twitter’s co-founder Jack Dorsey trying to send subliminal messages to potential voters?

Dorsey has expressed interest in running for public office before and now he’s telling folks how important it is for leaders to understand tech. Coincidence? I think not!

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Jon Stewart Starts Twitter Slapfight Between U.S. Embassy And Egypt [VIDEO]

Jon Stewart is hilarious and his observations are dead-on. If you don’t like him, you’re humorless (and won’t like this post).

But we wonder if he ever scares himself with how far his influence and irreverent humor travels? For example, one would assume starting a slapfight between two nations would be a tad stressful.

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