Twitter Sues The U.S. Government


(PCM) Social media giant Twitter has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government for the right to disclose and publish the full amount of government surveillance requests they receive.

Twitter has always been a huge advocate for free speech and would like the opportunity to be more forthcoming with its’ users about the full nature and the total number of requests for private user information that they receive from government agencies.

The lawsuit is based off an agreement made between internet companies such as Google and Microsoft which allow these companies the right to disclose the number of orders they receive, however only in broad ranges for example zero to 999.

In their lawsuit Twitter is stating that they should have the right to disclose the exact number of request that they receive rather than a broad range. Twitter vice president Ben Lee had the following to say “It’s our belief that we are entitled under the First Amendment to respond to our users’ concerns and to the statements of U.S. government officials by providing information about the scope of U.S. government surveillance — including what types of legal process have not been received”.

Twitter made an attempt to send a full disclosure report over to the FBI for publishing approval back in April of this year, but were denied their right to publish. Do you think as social media users we should have the full right to know the number of requests and just who may be looking at our accounts? Or do you feel it is an issue of national and international security and should remain secret?

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Donald Trump Makes Yet Another Twitter Gaffe


(PCM) It seems that despite being pretty active on social media, Donald Trump is still trying to wrap his head around Twitter. He should probably hire some kind of social media coordinator so that instances like the one that happened to him today could be avoided in the future.

A user going by the handle @feckhead tweeted the following message to Trump:

“My parents who passed away always said you were big inspiration. Can you pls RT for their memory?”

Of course, Trump retweeted the message that also included a photo of people that he obviously thought were @feckhead’s parents.

However, it turned out that Trump got pranked and the photo that he retweeted was actually a snapshot of notorious murderers Fred and Rose West … opps!

It took Trump and his team almost an hour to realize the major Twitter mistake and the tweet has since been deleted from his account, but of course not before it has already begun circulating the net.

The person behind the Twitter prank was comedian Philip Bradbury and after the news began to circulate, his number of Twitter followers began to soar. Also, others started to get in on the fun with people posting images of everyone from Freddy Kruger to Darth Vadar requesting a retweet from Mr. Trump.

The West’s went on their murderous rampage from the years of 1973-1979. Fred West killed himself in his jail cell back in 1995 and Rose West is still currently serving a life sentence.


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The CIA Has Joined Twitter


(PCM) Proving that some government officials do have a sense of humor, the CIA has jumped on the social media bandwagon and joined Twitter with an incredibly humorous first tweet.

In fact, it is probably the most witty starting tweet that any government agency has ever posted on Twitter now that we really think about it!

You can see the tweet below, which has already received over 250,000 retweets and over 150,000 favorites. The CIA is one of the last of the major government agencies to join Twitter.

The CIA has garnered over 500,000 followers since joining Twitter and are following 25 accounts, which are other government agencies of course…wouldn’t it freak people out if the CIA twitter account actually started following regular civilian accounts…haha!

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Ellen’s Tweet That Broke The Internet!

(PCM) True selfie history was made during last night’s Academy Awards telecast, when host Ellen DeGeneres took an epic selfie and literally broke the internet!

The selfie was snapped by none other than Bradley Cooper and now we all know why Ellen was wishing that his arms were just a little bit longer!


And it gets better! This amazing tweet is officially the most retweeted tweet of all time!  Its’ sheer awesomeness was even enough to crash the major social network for a few moments.

Sorry, our bad.

— The Academy (@TheAcademy)

Truly, will there ever be a better selfie? We think not!


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Facebook Denied Whatsapp Co-Founder Brian Acton For A Job In 2009

(PCM) Talk about one heck of a comeback!  There has been a ton of internet buzz lately circulating around Facebook’s purchase of the messaging app WhatsApp founded by Brian Acton and Jan Koum for the price of $19 billion dollars in cash and stocks.

However, recently tweets have surfaced from the account of WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton that claim he was turned down for a job with both Facebook and Twitter back in 2009.  How’s that for irony! We are fairly certainly Acton is laughing himself all the way to the bank after closing the recent mega-deal with Facebook.


Both Acton and Koum, who were both formerly employed by Yahoo!, left Yahoo! to form WhatsApp back in 2009. The company grew in record numbers over the past five years and currently boasts 450 million users worldwide. It is hailed as the most popular messaging app for smart phones.

The new business venture with Facebook will give WhatsApp “the flexibility to grow and expand” say Koum, who also joined the board over at Facebook as another part of the deal.

The recent acquisition between Facebook and WhatsApp marks the single highest price ever paid for a tech-start-up company.

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