Twitter's New Threat Reporting Tool Is a Useless Punt 

Twitter, a service that admits it sucks at dealing with trolls, just announced a new tool for reporting harassment to the police. It looks like a good step at first glance—if you ignore the fact that it's a responsibility dodging, spineless fix that's highly unlikely to help anyone being harassed or threatened… » 3/17/15 1:20pm 3/17/15 1:20pm

What Is Meerkat, and Should You Even Bother?

Meerkat is a carnivorous mongoose native to Africa, but if you've been within 30 feet of a Twitter account the last two weeks, this little guy's name has been appropriated for something else entirely: a new iOS app, hard lined straight into Twitter, that brings live streaming to the social network. So what exactly is… » 3/09/15 11:35am 3/09/15 11:35am

The Latest Twitter Update Tries To Address Doxxing

Doxxing, and the death threats and swatting that almost invariably follow, is one of the nastiest tools of internet trolls worldwide. Twitter is on the front lines of the online abuse problem, but thus far they've been fighting a fairly pathetic losing battle. The company's latest update hopes to turn that around. » 2/26/15 9:00pm 2/26/15 9:00pm

France Wants Google, Facebook, and Twitter's Help Fighting Terrorism

When it comes to social media presence, the Islamic State (ISIS) has Western nations completely outgunned. In fact, ISIS and its supports tweet and post upwards of 90,000 times a day and has led to the U.S. and the U.K. to reconsider its propaganda social media strategy. France wants to take a slightly different… » 2/22/15 6:22pm 2/22/15 6:22pm

Another Celebrity Is Leaving Twitter—Can You Blame Her?

It's a tale as old as time: Celebrity joins Twitter, celebrity gets viciously harassed on Twitter, celebrity becomes a shell of their former self because of Twitter, until finally—celebrity leaves Twitter. Rapper Iggy Azalea is now counting herself among the chosen few (hundred). Because remember: Twitter's broken,… » 2/19/15 12:06pm 2/19/15 12:06pm

Music Is Dead. VH1 Is Going Behind the Tweet 

For many a 90s kid, VH1's Behind the Music offered you your first glimpse into the rockstar lifestyle—highs, lows, laxatives, and all. But now that the internet has rendered us effectively dead inside, VH1's new parody series is giving us the only thing that matters any more: Twitter. Yup, it's time for Behind the… » 2/12/15 10:30am 2/12/15 10:30am

Tons of People Can't Tweet Because Twitter Thinks We're All Robots…

Something at Twitter has gone horribly, hilariously wrong: The social media site has unceremoniously declared us all to be robots. Well, maybe not all of us, but more than a few folks on Gizmodo staff as well as dozens of users across the web. Affected users trying to Tweet from Twitter's web client are being told… » 2/10/15 7:24pm 2/10/15 7:24pm

Don't Quit the Social Networks You Hate. Bend Them to Your Will

We get it: No one likes Facebook. Twitter is full of trolls. Social networks can be a pain, but they're also great ways to stay in touch with friends and talk to new people. Even so, every few weeks we hear from someone who wants to just "quit" Facebook altogether. Here's why that's a silly idea, and what you can do… » 2/04/15 12:26pm 2/04/15 12:26pm

Deepak Chopra Has the Worst Avatar Ever on Twitter

Deepak Chopra, online werewolf and mortal nemesis of Gizmodo's Matt Novak, wants you to know the possiblities are infinite. A message he decided to share with the world using the only medium that matters anymore—his Twitter avatar. The possibilities are so infinite, in fact, that he has freed himself from the shackles… » 1/28/15 2:33pm 1/28/15 2:33pm