Twitter cries foul over Fox Sports’ computer-generated Dodgers fans

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Baseball is back, and judging by the ratings, fans are happy, even if the season is starting in the middle of the summer.

But this isn’t exactly the baseball fans know and love.

In the age of COVID-19, the stadiums are mostly empty since fans aren’t allowed to attend games in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Cutouts took the place of fans, and while they

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Chrissy Teigen Apologizes to Megan Thee Stallion Over “S–tty” Twitter Joke

Chrissy Teigen found herself in “hot girl” water on Friday night.

The 34-year-old cookbook author took to Twitter to partake in one of the online memes taking over the social media platform. She decided to join in on the fun by posting a joke about Megan Thee Stallion, which didn’t sit right with the singer’s fans.

For some context, television writer Nell Scovell posted, “I have a Charles Manson joke and it kills.” That particular message caught Chrissy’s attention because she quote tweeted Nell’s with a one-liner of her own, except she referenced the “Hot Girl Summer” rapper.

“I have a megan thee stallion joke but it needs to be twerked on,” the Cravings author wrote in a since-deleted post, which was captured and re-uploaded by Twitter users.

“(Before you start, I love her),” Chrissy clarified. “I’ll delete because you guys are sooooo f–king annoying. Just

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Twitter Cryptocurrency Scam Echoes Previous Schemes on YouTube

(Bloomberg) — The Bitcoin scam that hackers deployed while breaking into the Twitter Inc. accounts of political leaders and business titans last week closely resembles similar schemes used previously on YouTube.

In the July 15 Twitter attack, hackers hijacked accounts belonging to Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Joe Biden and Jeff Bezos and asked their followers to send Bitcoins to their crypto wallet with a promise to double the amount. In a matter of hours, the hackers had accrued more than $100,000.

But before compromising those accounts, the hackers targeted the Twitter accounts of popular cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Coinbase Inc., Gemini Trust Company LLC and Binance Holdings Ltd. In this case, the attackers tweeted a link to a website dubbed “CryptoForHealth,” which also promised to double donations made to a crypto wallet.

The move caught the attention of computer security researchers, who say similar scams were perpetrated in recent months

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Twitter announces broad crackdown on QAnon accounts and content

Twitter announced a broad crackdown on accounts and content related to the QAnon conspiracy theory on Tuesday, citing its policies against “behavior that has the potential to lead to offline harm”.

The company said it would block URLs associated with QAnon from being shared on the platform, and would no longer recommend content and accounts associated with QAnon or highlight them in search and conversations. These restrictions will affect approximately 150,000 accounts, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed. NBC News first reported the crackdown.

“These accounts are engaging in behavior that is designed to further the spread of content that has resulted in clear and well-documented informational, physical, societal and psychological offline harm,” a spokesperson said in a statement. “We have been monitoring the situation closely and determined that additional action is now required pursuant to the Twitter rules against our policies on spam and platform manipulation as well as abusive behavior.”

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QAnon content is no longer welcome on Twitter. Cue the conspiracy theories.

QAnon content is no longer welcome on Twitter. Cue the conspiracy theories.
QAnon content is no longer welcome on Twitter. Cue the conspiracy theories.

Twitter announced on Tuesday that accounts and content linked with or promoting the QAnon conspiracy theory would be banned, blocked, or otherwise limited, with over 7,000 accounts already removed from the platform.

QAnon is a far-right conspiracy theory turned online community based around message board posts by “Q,” a user or several users purporting to be a “military insider,” made since late 2017. The theory posits that Donald Trump is the secret leader of the fight against a “deep state,” which works to protect a huge network of celebrities and public figures supposedly involved with devil worship, child sex trafficking, and the creation of a “New World Order.” The cult-like community that has grown around the incoherent, constantly debunked conspiracy narrative believe a reckoning is coming where these public figures will be secretly or publicly arrested and/or executed

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How ‘Knives Out’ and a fan page for Ana de Armas harness the power of stan Twitter

Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera in "Knives Out." <span class="copyright">(Lionsgate)</span>
Ana de Armas as Marta Cabrera in “Knives Out.” (Lionsgate)

The “Knives Out” social media team and the Twitter account @ArmasUpdates have a common goal: to celebrate last year’s hit whodunit and, by extension, the movie’s breakout star, Ana de Armas.

But two of the actress’s biggest Twitter cheerleaders found themselves at odds this month after the 23-year-old cinephile behind @ArmasUpdates publicly exposed the @KnivesOut account for blocking him on the platform. The resulting feud went somewhat viral — albeit among a niche audience — even catching the attention of director Rian Johnson who, like many others, wondered what was afoot.

When examined with a detective’s magnifying glass, the clash is a case study of the intersection of film marketing and stan Twitter — a subset of social media devoted to championing, or “stanning,” a certain celebrity, film, TV series, etc. In their approaches to audience engagement, movie studios and

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Twitter Doesn’t Need Web 3.0 to Solve Its Identity Problem

Preston Byrne, a columnist for CoinDesk’s Opinion section, is a partner in Anderson Kill’s Technology, Media and Distributed Systems Group. He advises software, internet and fintech companies. His biweekly column, “Not Legal Advice,” is a roundup of pertinent legal topics in the crypto space. It is most definitely not legal advice.

Among the libertarians, I am something of an odd duck in that I am not a journalist, yet I have a blue check mark. 

I am proud of my blue check mark. I’m not sure how I got it. Back in the day, Twitter had a form you could fill in with links to press coverage if you wanted a blue check mark. I did so. One day, months later, a lot of my friends and I in fintech and Crypto Twitter suddenly had blue check marks next to our names. 

Related: Twitter Hacker Is Mixing Bitcoin Loot Using

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After the Twitter Hack, We Need a User-Owned Internet More Than Ever

CoinDesk columnist Nic Carter is a partner at Castle Island Ventures, a venture fund based in Cambridge, Mass., that focuses on public blockchains. He is also the co-founder of Coin Metrics, a blockchain analytics startup.

The dust is still settling, but July 15, 2020, already looks to be one of the worst days in Twitter’s 14-year history. A devastating hack, apparently taking advantage of internal tools, enabled hackers to take control of dozens of high-profile accounts and solicit bitcoin donations. Noteworthy was the delta between the scale of the attack and the financial reward; the hackers brought a $28 billion company to its knees but appear to have collected a paltry $120,000 in bitcoin. 

The real fallout will be reputational. Details are still fuzzy, but one must imagine that the hackers may have had access to private communications for accounts that they penetrated. The contents of these DMs could easily

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Twitter just had its most serious hack

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Welcome to the latest edition of Pardon The Intrusion, TNW’s bi-weekly newsletter in which we explore the wild world of security.

Bitcoin scammers struck gold on Wednesday by hijacking several high-profile verified Twitter accounts in what’s easily the most catastrophic security breach to hit the platform.

Among the hacked accounts were President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, corporate handles of Apple and Uber corporate accounts, and a number of popular crypto exchanges.

The message sent from the hacked accounts was simple: Send bitcoin and these famous people would send back double your money.

Within a matter of few hours, people were duped into sending more than $118,000 to the hackers.

Twitter acknowledged the breach as a “coordinated social engineering attack” against its employees who have access to its internal tools.

While details of the hack are

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Twitter Hack Hits Obama, Biden, Musk in Bitcoin Scam

(Bloomberg) — The Twitter accounts of some of the most prominent U.S. political and business leaders, from Barack Obama and Joe Biden to Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett, were hacked Wednesday afternoon in an apparent effort to promote a Bitcoin scam.

The attacks were stunning in scope and almost certainly coordinated. Others whose Twitter accounts were caught up in the security incident included Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Kanye West, Uber Technologies Inc., Apple Inc. and Michael Bloomberg, the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP. The accounts sent out tweets promising to double the money of anyone sending funds via Bitcoin within 30 minutes.

Twitter said it was aware of the incident impacting its accounts and is investigating. As the hack was unfolding, verified Twitter accounts suddenly lost the ability to post new tweets. “You may be unable to Tweet or reset your password while we review

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