There are few practices on the internet more unseemly than revenge porn. While posting intimate photos of an ex is bad enough, some sites who host the photos extort their subjects by making them pay to have them taken down. As could be expected, courts aren’t taking kindly—and they’re not the only ones fighting the practice.
Iggy Azalea is the latest celebrity to take a public break from Twitter due to harassment experienced on the site. And while the problem has grown rapidly more pervasive on a platform that prides itself on quality interaction, Twitter trolls show no sign of being stopped.
Twitpic, the once-popular, photo-sharing add-on to Twitter, initially announced that it was shutting down on September 25, 2014, because it was unable to fight Twitter’s opposition to Twitpic’s trademark applications.
Twitter’s ubiquitous 140-character-or-less tweets are not, the company argues, sufficiently similar to email or other forms of stored electronic information to warrant lumping them together with the likes of Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo!, or Apple, all of which have agreed to restrictive limitations on their public reporting of government surveillance.
A case filed on April 9, 2014 in New York Federal District Court highlights the tension between celebrity endorsements and ordinary First Amendment communications in the digital age.
In what could be the most bizarre civil suit concerning social media, a district court decided that name-calling on Twitter is covered under the First Amendment.
If you are still trying to wrap your head around how to use Twitter, here are 7 tips that can take you from newbie to master quickly:
Twitter has become the place for celebrities and brands to connect with fans, but if you’re too slow – or simply no longer around – to get a handle with your name, too bad?