In Latin America, the business of trolling threatens Twitters disruptive power

Matthew Carpenter-Arévalo This American Life did a special on politics in Afghanistan. They noted that in order to be a politician in Afghanistan, one needs to command a personal armed militia. That’s how politics is practiced in a fragmented country with a long history of violence, and without a stable, credible centralized authority. In the quaint and relatively peaceful Andean nation of Ecuador, snuggled between Colombia and Peru, a similar phenomenon takes place: politicians don’t require armed guards, but they do require their digital equivalent: Twitter troll centers, or businesses that sell online harassment as a service. Indeed, much of the country’s public debate, or lack thereof, is now defined by the anonymous accounts that threaten, cajole and, ultimately, aim …

‘Whops! You already sent that’: Twitter tells the IDF it’s repeating messages on Hamas rocket attacks

WTF, Twitter? The Israel Defense Forces reports that Twitter’s automated feature to prevent repeated tweets has blocked them from issuing a standardized warning on the social media platform of the hundreds of rocket attacks from Hamas: We’d like to update you on the constant rocket fire from Gaza, but Twitter prevents us from repeating messages… pic.twitter.com/pj7hgmeBVN — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019 And as if on cue, the IDF tweeted out a new warning just as we were getting ready to publish this post: 🚨🚨🚨 AIR-RAID SIRENS IN SOUTHERN ISRAEL 🚨🚨🚨 — Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 5, 2019 Over 600 rockets fired from the Gaza Strip have been launched at Israel, resulting in 4 deaths and dozens …

Kevin Hart responds to backlash over homophobic tweets

Kevin Hart isn't sorry about his homophobic tweets, but he sure feels sorry for youImage: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) We live in the golden age of bad non-apologies, but Kevin Hart’s response to recent backlash over resurfaced homophobic jokes might take the cake. “Stop looking for reasons to be negative… Stop searching for reasons to be angry,” Hart wrote in his Instagram, along with a grainy video of him shirtless expressing the same sentiments. For those playing catch up: On Wednesday, Hart was announced as the host of the 2019 Oscars. Within hours, concerns were raised online that resurfaced a litany of (now-deleted) tweets.  SEE ALSO: Kevin Hart is your 2019 Oscars host One described how, if he ever saw his son …