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Twitter Bans Suspect Iran Account After Post Threatens Trump

Twitter said Friday it has permanently banned an account that some in Iran believe is linked to the office of the country's supreme leader after a posting that seemed to threaten former President Donald Trump. In the image posted by the suspect account late Thursday, Trump is shown playing golf in the shadow of a giant drone, with the caption "Revenge is certain" written in Farsi. In response to a request for comment from The Associated Press, a Twitter spokesperson said the account was fake and violated the company's "manipulation and spam policy," without elaborating how it came to that

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Judge Says Amazon Won’t Have to Restore Parler Web Service

Amazon won't be forced to immediately restore web service to Parler after a federal judge ruled Thursday against a plea to reinstate the fast-growing social media app, which is favored by followers of former President Donald Trump. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein in Seattle said she was not dismissing Parler's "substantive underlying claims" against Amazon but said it had fallen short in demonstrating the need for an injunction forcing it back online. Amazon kicked Parler off its web-hosting service on Jan. 11.

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Facebook Oversight Panel to Review Suspension of Trump’s Accounts 

Facebook’s independent oversight board said Thursday that it had accepted the company’s request to review its decision to suspend the accounts of former President Donald Trump. The U.S. social media giant blocked Trump's access to his Facebook and Instagram accounts after he was accused of inciting a deadly insurrection by his supporters January 6 at the U.S.

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Twitter Says It Locked Account of China's US Embassy Over Xinjiang-Related Tweet

Twitter has locked the account of China's U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China's policies in the Xinjiang region, which the U.S. social media platform said violated the firm's policy against "dehumanization."  The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet this month that said that Uighur women were no longer "baby making machines," citing a study reported by state-backed newspaper China Daily.  The tweet was removed by Twitter and replaced by a label stating that it was no longer available.

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Parler Partially Reappears with Support from Russian-owned Technology Firm

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. Parler vanished from the internet when dropped by Amazon Inc.'s hosting arm and other partners for poor moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the January 6 attack on the U.S.

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Turkey Hits Twitter, Pinterest with Advertising Bans

Turkey imposed advertising bans Tuesday on Twitter, Periscope and Pinterest for not complying with a new law requiring social media companies to appoint a local representative to handle content removal orders.   The rules that went into effect in October have drawn criticism from human rights and media freedom groups who argue Turkey’s government is trying to stifle dissent.   The law calls for a local representative to respond to requests to remove content that violates privacy and personal rights within 48 hours.   Facebook said Monday it would appoint such an envoy, while highlighting in a

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Parler Partially Reappears with Support from Russian Technology Firm

Parler, a social media website and app popular with the American far right, has partially returned online with the help of a Russian-owned technology company. Parler vanished from the internet when dropped by Amazon Inc.'s hosting arm and other partners for poor moderation after its users called for violence and posted videos glorifying the January 6 attack on the U.S.

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4 Ways to Do More With Your Smartphone Camera

If you are still using your phone’s camera only for selfies and quick videos, you’re barely touching its potential.