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EPA employees go rogue on Twitter to protest Trump and Pruitt

EPA employees smarting under the social media gag order of President Trump and last week’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as Administrator are going online — in droves — to voice their discontent. Numerous “alternative” Twitter accounts are lighting up in advance of a meeting between Pruitt and staffers scheduled for Tuesday. Below are excerpts from a mult-part post from @altEPASmrtGrwth, an alternative Twitter account for the EPA’s Smart Growth program: Other alternative accounts from EPA workers and their offices include: @RogueEPAstaff: 100% EPA staff. They gagged us, FOIA’d our personal texts, and yet #WePersisted. Agency staff welcome to connect with us via DM. #altEPA @altUSEPA: The Unofficial “Resistance” team of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not taxpayer subsidized! Environmental conditions may vary from alternative facts. @TheAltEPA Doing Science in the dark with our hands tied, since 2017. Opinions our own; Facts belong to everyone. Last month, the Trump Administration prohibited the EPA and its…

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Jack Dorsey says he’ll continue running both Square and Twitter

 As Twitter’s growth continues to stall and increasingly becomes an issue, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s double-time running both Twitter and Square has become a big question mark — and Dorsey says he’s staying the course. “This focus, and this team, allows me and gives me a lot of confidence I can continue to focus on the meaningful things at both companies and we… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Twitter says product changes are main growth driver, not just the President’s usage

 Twitter’s advertising business is stalling, but the company is trying to focus on some flashes of improvement among the service — which it’s attributing to product changes, and not just to major events like presidential debates or the President’s usage of Twitter. There were some questions as to whether President Donald Trump’s usage of Twitter would be something… Read More Social – TechCrunch

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Twitter claims 31 million unique viewers across 600 hours of live premium video in Q4 2016

Twitter may have missed estimates with its Q4 revenue targets and recorded a small, 4 percent year-on-year increase in its monthly active users (MAUs), but the social network’s recent push into live video streaming of big events is now a key focal point as it strives to increase its stickiness. In its letter to shareholders, Twitter revealed that 31 million unique viewers tuned in to more than 600 hours of live video across around 400 events between September and December. You may recall that last year Twitter revealed it was effectively becoming a global TV network after it won the online rights to stream Thursday night NFL games in full. It also partnered with BuzzFeed for a U.S. presidential election livestream, while other tidbits included a partnership with Disney to broadcast live footage around the launch of the new Star Wars movie. Of its Q4 live video events, Twitter says…

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Inspirational thread proves you can still find hope on Twitter in Trump’s America

A Twitter thread is offering some hope for Muslims and others disheartened in the week since Donald Trump’s immigration and travel ban was signed. SEE ALSO: Actors’ acceptance speeches at SAG awards turn into protest against Trump Muslim ban The True American author Anand Giridharadas shared a story Friday in tweet form, prefacing that his 14-tweet thread “will solve none of our large problems but might make you smile.” Some joy is a welcome relief as social media becomes an ever darker place in Trump’s America. A Muslim friend recently told Giridharadas about one of her relatives who joked, “Trump is the best thing ever to happen to their community.” His friend was predictably shocked. But the lesson Giridharadas learned from the encounter shows Trump’s divisive rhetoric has unearthed everyday kindnesses.  Read more… More about Twitter, Donald Trump, Travel Ban, Muslims, and Social Media Social Media

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Twitter reacts with anger as tech CEOs offer to reach out to Trump over immigration ban

Elon Musk says he wants to help.  On Saturday, the famous entrepreneur tweeted a mild rebuke of a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump that temporarily blocked immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries before part of the order itself was blocked by a federal judge. On Sunday, Musk tweeted an offer to bring specific complaints about the order to the president. SEE ALSO: Elon Musk just endorsed Trump’s secretary of state pick, and it makes no sense Musk, a new business advisor to Trump, does have that kind of access. Please read immigration order. Lmk specific amendments. Will seek advisory council consensus & present to Presidenthttps://t.co/qLpbsP4lEk — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 29, 2017 Read more… More about Lyft, Aclu, Executive Order, White House, and Donald Trump Social Media

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Twitter shares 2 redacted National Security Letters from the FBI

Twitter today published redacted versions of two National Security Letters (NSLs) that it received from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the past two years. Typically, these information requests are under gag order, meaning that recipients can’t even disclose their existence to their users or the people who are targeted by the requests. But the FBI “recently informed us that the gag orders have been lifted and that we may notify the account holders,” Elizabeth Banker, associate general counsel for global law enforcement at Twitter, wrote in a blog post. The move comes a few weeks after Cloudflare published a redacted NSL that it received in 2013, and Google in December posted eight it had received. This is the first time Twitter is indicating that it has been served NSLs. One NSL, drafted in September 2015 by Michelle Klimt, special agent in charge of FBI’s Jacksonville, Florida division, sought…