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Twitter May Sell Vine Instead of Closing it Down

Twitter May Sell Vine Instead of Closing it Down

Vine may survive after all. Twitter is currently vetting multiple term sheets from companies offering to buy Vine, and hopes to make a deal soon, multiple sources tell TechCrunch. After announcing its plan to shut down Vine last month, Twitter received a large number of bids, including several from Asia. 

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/11/07/revive-vine/

Law Enforcement Tracked Activists Using Social Media

Law Enforcement Tracked Activists Using Social Media

According to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union, law enforcement officials across the country used special feeds of raw data, including location information, from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to track and monitor racial protests.

Article Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/charliewarzel/law-enforcement-tracked-activists-using-twitter-facebook-and?utm_term=.ebo5ebEBwZ#.daLqJywmp5

Photo source: By Fibonacci Blue from Minnesota, USA [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Twitter to Help Voter Registration

Twitter to Help Voter Registration

Twitter is unveiling a new feature which will allow users to direct message the company’s @Gov Twitter account in order to receive voter registration assistance over private messaging. Twitter's implementation of this technology is so important because it's personalized to you, based on your zip code, seeing as voter registration deadlines vary from state to state.

Article source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/09/27/twitter-will-now-help-you-register-to-vote-answer-voter-questions-via-direct-message/

Photo source: By Tony Webster from Portland, Oregon, United States (Register to Vote Here) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Gab.ai, a New Social Network for Complete Freedom of Speech

Gab.ai, a New Social Network for Complete Freedom of Speech

Gab.ai is a three-week-old social media platform which aspires to reach the same status as Facebook and Twitter, while allowing almost total freedom of speech to its members. Its mission seems to attract a lot of people, with 12,000 already registered users, and more than 40,000 on the waitlist. Will this be another platform that grows popular for a short period of time and then disappears, like others have in the past, or will it be able to challenge Facebook's reign?

Article source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/alexkantrowitz/new-social-network-gab-growing-fast-free-speech?utm_term=.fcqkw9A8b#.twxgAYBmk

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