In this April 26, 2017, file photo is a Twitter app icon on a mobile phone. 

Nigerians eagerly await lift of monthslong Twitter ban

Social media

While one government official indicated last month that the suspension could be lifted soon, Nigerians are still waiting.

A man used his mobile phone to read headline news on Twitter inside an office in Lagos, Nigeria, Monday, June 7, 2021.

Nigeria’s indefinite Twitter ban sounds the alarm on free speech

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Hundreds arrested in massive global crime sting

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Twitter’s ban on actor Kangana Ranaut could lead to confrontation with Indian government

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Disinformation Wars: Part II

Critical State
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Disinformation wars: Part I

Critical State

Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded “disinformation threat” and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.

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How social media has changed society

Science & Technology

It draws us in and riles us up — but we still can’t look away.

The Facebook logo and binary cybercodes are seen in this illustration dating to Nov. 26, 2019.

Turkey passes ‘draconian’ social media legislation

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Turkey’s parliament approved a law early Wednesday that gives authorities greater power to regulate social media despite concerns of growing censorship.

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Twitter purges state-backed disinformation accounts; US sanctions ICC staff, Syria

Top of The World

Twitter has purged more than 32,000 accounts linked to state-backed disinformation operations. The Trump administration has authorized sanctions and visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel, in an attempt to undermine investigations into possible US war crimes. In Lebanon, there are increased calls for the government to resign after the currency plunged 25% in two days.

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As protests against police brutality continue, Twitter sanctions Trump tweet ‘glorifying violence’

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Demonstrators outraged over police brutality in the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, took to the streets in Minneapolis for the third straight night. A border dispute between China and India is ratcheting up. And secret documents obtained by NBC suggest Russian trolls are seeking to stoke unrest in the US.