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Pope Accidentally Gives Thumbs Up to Middle Finger

That tweet has since been taken down

(Newser) - If you've ever wondered when the elderly spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Christian souls would get on his Twitter account and accidentally expound on the rudest gesture in Western culture, well, today is that day. As Mediaite reports, Pope Francis was going about his day per usual, waxing...

Bird Charity's Account Frozen After Tweet About Woodcock

It took 8 days to get back in

(Newser) - Researchers noted a rise in "hate speech, antisemitic posts, and other troubling content" in the wake of Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter—and yet those seemingly loosened posting parameters were apparently still too tough for the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). Yes, that's a bird conservation charity,...

Twitter Sued for Not Paying Rent on Its Headquarters

Company's London landlords are also suing

(Newser) - More landlords are taking Twitter to court over unpaid rent, this time at the social media company’s headquarters in San Francisco and its British offices—the latest sign that owner Elon Musk's extreme cost-cutting strategy includes simply not paying the bills. Twitter is facing a lawsuit over allegations...

One of Crosby's Final Tweets Offered Thoughts on Heaven

'Overrated' and 'cloudy,' the singer-songwriter wrote on the day he died

(Newser) - David Crosby died Wednesday at the age of 81, and he showed up on Twitter just hours before his passing to make a cheeky observation that turned out to be eerily prescient. Crosby retweeted another post speculating on who might be barred from heaven, based on the things they'd...

Climate Misinformation Soars on Musk's Twitter
Climate Misinformation
Soars on Musk's Twitter
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Climate Misinformation Soars on Musk's Twitter

Tweets containing terms linked to climate change denial rose 300% last year

(Newser) - Search for the word "climate" on Twitter and the first automatic recommendation isn't "climate crisis" or "climate jobs" or even "climate change" but instead "climate scam." Clicking on the recommendation yields dozens of posts denying the reality of climate change and making misleading...

At Twitter's Fire Sale, Bird Statue Sells for Wild Price

Auction has now closed

(Newser) - The most expensive item sold at an auction of Twitter paraphernalia ? A statue of the company's bird logo, which went for around $100,000. The BBC , which has a photo of that and other items, was tracking prices as the auction neared its conclusion; final prices have not...

As Advertisers Flee Twitter, 'Unpalatable Options' for Musk

Reports: 500 big advertisers have ditched since October, revenue is down 40% year over year

(Newser) - In his own words, Elon Musk has been "cutting costs like crazy" since his takeover last year of Twitter, in an effort to fend off an expected negative cash flow for the company of about $3 billion in 2023. Now, multiple outlets are adding details on how dire the...

A Concerning New Group Pops Up With Twitter's Blue Checks

Taliban officials, supporters were seen with the marks on their accounts, though now they're gone

(Newser) - Twitter's blue check marks have had a rough go since the platform was taken over by Elon Musk, with the paid Twitter Blue subscription attracting phony accounts and plenty of criticism. The site says it has since made tweaks, but now there's a new issue surrounding the verification...

House GOPer Sends Letter to Yellen on Hunter Biden

Republicans have started their probe into president's son, as well as into Joe Biden's finances

(Newser) - In October, federal agents announced they'd gathered enough evidence to justify charging Hunter Biden with crimes. Now, House Republicans have jump-started their long-desired investigation of the president's son, as well as the involvement of ex-Twitter employees in handling reporting on him. Per the Hill , a letter sent Wednesday...

Report: Twitter Abruptly Closes Asia Headquarters

Sources say Singapore office was closed for non-payment of rent

(Newser) - Employees at Twitter's Asia headquarters found out on very short notice Wednesday that they would be working from home, insiders say. Sources tell Bloomberg that workers at the Singapore headquarters were told via email that they had to clean out their desks and be out of the building by...

Landlord: Twitter Owes $136K in Rent
Latest Suit Against
Twitter Seeks $400K
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Latest Suit Against Twitter Seeks $400K

Canary Marketing said its invoices haven't been paid since the takeover

(Newser) - Add this to the tally of recent Twitter woes: another lawsuit over alleged nonpayment of services. This one was filed Friday by marketing firm Canary Marketing, which SF Gate reports "designs merchandise for major brands, including LaCroix, Gatorade, Slack, and KFC." It has counted Twitter among those clients...

Elon Musk Has Now Lost the Most Money in History

Bloomberg reports he has become the first person to lose $200B

(Newser) - A little over a year ago, Elon Musk was sitting on the astronomical sum of about $340 billion in net worth, making him the richest human on the planet by a wide margin. Today, Bloomberg reports that Musk has became the first person in history to lose $200 billion. The...

Report: Things Are Getting Messy at Twitter HQ

Quite literally

(Newser) - Elon Musk has been "cutting costs like crazy," as he put it, at Twitter in a bid to reverse what he says is a projected negative cash flow of roughly $3 billion next year. The New York Times speaks with largely unnamed sources who detail the shape those...

Musk: I'll Keep Tesla Stock for 18 Months

Stock's value has plunged since Twitter purchase

(Newser) - CEO Elon Musk says he won't sell any more shares in Tesla for 18 months or more, likely an attempt to comfort shareholders of the electric vehicle company who have watched the stock lose nearly half of its value since Musk's purchase of Twitter. "I'm not...

After Period of Silence, Elon Musk Is Tweeting Again
Elon Musk Says He'll
Resign as Twitter CEO
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Elon Musk Says He'll Resign as Twitter CEO

He says it'll happen 'as soon as I find someone foolish enough to take the job'

(Newser) - After a period of uncertainty, Elon Musk has confirmed that he plans to abide by the results of a poll that asked whether he should step down as Twitter CEO, which ended with 57.5% in favor of resignation. "I will resign as CEO as soon as I find...

Twitter Rival Is Growing Fast
Twitter Rival Is Growing Fast

Twitter Rival Is Growing Fast

Mastodon says number of active users went from 300K to 2.5M month-on-month

(Newser) - While Twitter is in no danger of being trampled by Mastodon any time soon, the rival social media platform has been growing at an explosive pace since Elon Musk took charge of Twitter. According to a blog post Tuesday from Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko, the number of monthly active users...

Snoop Dogg Has a Twitter Suggestion
Snoop Dogg Has a
Twitter Suggestion

Snoop Dogg Has a Twitter Suggestion

In poll, 81% of more than 2M voters say he should replace Elon Musk

(Newser) - The Yes side won in Elon Musk's poll on whether he should step down as head of Twitter—and while he hasn't said who will replace him if he keeps his promise to abide by the results, another poll has suggested a candidate. Snoop Dogg tweeted a poll...

Twitter Poll Wants Musk Out as CEO. He Promised to Abide

Most users want him to step down

(Newser) - Should Elon Musk step down as CEO of Twitter? He commissioned a new poll of users asking that question and promised to abide by the results. By Monday morning, the results were in: The majority of the approximately 17 million voters called for him to step down, 57.5% to...

Twitter Disallows Links to Instagram, Other Rivals
Twitter (Briefly) Disallows
Promotion of Rivals
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Twitter (Briefly) Disallows Promotion of Rivals

New policy is deleted, replaced with a poll asking users their opinion on it

(Newser) - Once again, a new Twitter policy has been swiftly rescinded. On Sunday, the platform said it would no longer let users promote accounts on rival platforms. But after what CNN describes as an "immense backlash," Twitter removed the blog post and tweet thread announcing the new policy. Instead,...

Musk Goes Back to Twitter Investors
Musk Goes Back
to Twitter Investors

Musk Goes Back to Twitter Investors

Proposal for another round of funding again is based on a $44 billion valuation

(Newser) - Elon Musk has made investors an offer they might be able to refuse: Buy more shares of Twitter at $54.20, the price he paid in October when he took over the company—though the billionaire has since conceded he overpaid. A Tesla investor who said he chipped in less...

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