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Twitter Fights Harassment, Streaming the Super Bowl… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 09-02-2016

Twitter launches another fight against harassment, Super Bowl 50 sets streaming record, switch between multiple Instagram accounts, get 2GB of Google Drive storage, and the fastest mobility scooter in the world.


Twitter Launches Trust & Safety Council

Twitter has launched another initiative aimed at combating harassment on its platform. However, just like the previous attempts at making Twitter a nicer place to play, it’s only worthwhile if it actually enacts real change. Twitter has previously changed the wording of its policies towards abuse Facebook Favors Friends Feeds, Tweaking Twitter Tackles Trolls, & More... [Tech News Digest] Facebook changes things up, Twitter tackles the trolls, YouTube stops working, Vine shares the love, celebrity Apple Watches, and the Age of Ultron trailer recreated in LEGO. Read More , but the problem has continued on regardless.

The new initiative takes a different approach. Twitter has formed what it calls the Twitter Trust and Safety Council. Made up of more than 40 contributors — including members from the Samaritans, GLAAD, The Anti-Defamation League, and the Internet Watch Foundation — the council is charged with ensuring “anyone, anywhere can express themselves safely and confidently”.

The harassment of certain individuals on Twitter is clearly a problem in need of fixing Tweeting While Female: Harassment, and How Twitter Can Fix It Twitter's abuse problem is real. Here are some examples, along with expert opinion on how Twitter can solve this. Read More . However, the vast majority of users will not have experienced harassment, and this change is unlikely to even register with those who aren’t yet using the service 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More . And make no mistake about it, Twitter needs to attract new users to stop its stock tanking.

So, this is a good start, but Twitter needs to do a lot more work on its product if it hopes to live on for much longer The Pirate Bay Starts Streaming Movies, Twitter Is Slowly Dying... [Tech News Digest] The Pirate Bay streams movies, Twitter is evolving into Facebook, Facebook usurps Kevin Bacon, The Malware Museum travels back in time, and Tim Cook sells the iPhone camera short. Read More .


Millions Streamed Super Bowl 50

More people streamed Super Bowl 50 than any previous Super Bowl. According to CBS, 3.96 million unique viewers tuned into watch the big game on Sunday (Feb 7th), using their desktops, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and smart televisions What Is a Smart TV? 6 of the Best on the Market Today Most televisions you look at now will be smart TVs, but what is a smart TV and which ones are the best on the market right now? Read More to do so. This compares to the 1.3 million who watched NBC’s live stream last year, and the 1.1 million who watched Fox’s live stream in 2014.

As noted by TechCrunch, this year’s stream was by far the easiest to find, with CBS hosting it on its website, as well as its apps on a range of different devices. Still, these figures are mightily impressive, and while still only a fraction of the number of people who watched Super Bowl 50 overall, indicative of a trend that’s only set to grow year-on-year from here on in.

Instagram Launches Account Switching

Instagram New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More has officially rolled out support for multiple accounts. The much-requested feature is included in Version 7.15 on Android and on iOS after months of testing. So, if Instagram hasn’t yet updated itself to the latest version, update it manually to turn the feature on.


This now means that any individual can link up to five Instagram accounts, which will be especially useful for brands, power users, and social media managers How Do Celebrities Manage Their Social Media Accounts And What Can We Learn From Them Celebrities are the premium fuel of the social media world, and people like you and me just keep burning it. I’m certainly not saying it’s bad thing, though. It’s just a fact! However, have you... Read More . Once initiated, you simply tap the username to switch to that account, with your profile picture remaining visible to give you a visual clue as to which account you’re using at any given moment.

Google Gives Away Free Drive Storage

Google is currently giving away 2GB extra of Google Drive storage This 5-Minute Google Checkup Will Give You 2 GB of Free Space If you take five minutes to go through this security checkup, Google will give you 2 GB of free space on Google Drive. Read More , but the company is asking you for something in return. Luckily, it’s not a difficult task, and could actually make you more secure when browsing the Web. Just don’t delay, as it’s not clear how long the offer is set to last.

All you need to do is log in to your Google account and review your current security settings. These include general settings, permissions, connected devices, and 2-step verification details. Once completed, whether by updating or confirming, you’ll get 2GB of extra Google Drive The Only Google Drive Guide You'll Ever Need to Read Google Drive is the perfect combination of online file storage and document management tools. We explain how to best use Google Drive on- and offline, by yourself and in collaboration with others. Read More storage. Result!

The Fastest Mobility Scooter In the World

And finally, this is the fastest mobility scooter in the world, with a top speed of 107.6 miles-per-hour. It’s the brainchild of two British engineers who decided this would be a good world record to break. Why? Why not?! How? By strapping a 600cc motorcycle engine to a go-kart frame.


This may seem a little pointless because, well, it is. But then so are 99 percent of all Guinness World Record attempts. All I know is that you couldn’t pay me enough to drive that thing, because it doesn’t look like the safest vehicle on the road. However, my grandma may disagree. [DamnGeeky]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Have you ever been harassed on Twitter? How did you watch Super Bowl 50? Will you make use of Instagram account switching? Do you need extra Google Drive storage? Is driving the fastest mobility scooter the most pointless world record attempt you have ever seen?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Anonymous
    February 9, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    "Twitter needs to attract new users to stop its stock tanking."
    But runaway Political Correctness is not a way to do it. Stopping any criticism and negative comments from being posted may make the Social Justice Warriors feel all warm and fuzzy but it will not gain new users. Facebook and Google have not only eaten Twitter's lunch but its dinner also. Twiiter is a one-trick pony and, therefore, needs to re-invent itself in a major way.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 9, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      I'm not sure what, if anything, Twitter can do to save itself from going the way of MySpace at this point. Stopping real, harmful harassment is essential, but free speech is also important. Getting that balance right is the tricky part, and it's something Twitter has so far failed to achieve.

      • Anonymous
        February 9, 2016 at 10:18 pm

        "Stopping real, harmful harassment is essential"
        Stopping real, harmful harassment is a pipe dream. The idea is great in theory but let's be realistic. What is the worst punishment a site owner or moderator can mete out? Ban the IP from accessing the site? Delete the account? How hard is it for a determined individual to get a new IP and/or an account? Everybody talks a good game but nobody has come up with a permanent, effective was of stopping harassment.

        Before you can try to stop it, you have to define it. Or is it like that famous quote about pornography "I can't define it but I know when I see it"? The problem with harassment is that some people can and will take a lot of abuse but others will feel harassed by an opposing opinion.

  2. Evan
    February 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I am much more concerned about Twitter becoming the speech police than I am about the trolls.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 9, 2016 at 9:32 pm

      I am concerned about free speech too, but there is definitely a need for more stringent rules regarding real harassment such as death threats, rape threats, and doxing.

      • Evan
        February 10, 2016 at 1:53 am

        Do they really need a council that includes GLAAD and Feminist Frequency to fight against threats and doxxing? It sounds more like they want to label politically incorrect stuff as harassment.