Last weekend, the adult performer Christy Mack landed in the hospital from injuries sustained during an alleged assault by her ex-boyfriend, the MMA fighter War Machine (a.k.a. Jon Koppenhaver). According to a statement she published on Twitter, Mack is currently hospitalized with a broken nose, 18 broken bones, a fractured rib, a ruptured liver, and several missing and broken teeth. She cannot walk, chew or speak. During the attack, “I believed I was going to die,” she wrote in her statement. (Warning: these photos are extremely graphic and disturbing and NSFW.)
To anyone familiar with the psychology of domestic abuse, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that this was not the first time Koppenhaver, an MMA fighter and former adult performer himself, had assaulted a woman. In 2009, he attacked a former girlfriend at an adult industry party, and he has also tweeted about raping and assaulting Mack. (Both Mack and Koppenhaver claimed it was a joke at the time.)
To anyone familiar with the psychology of Twitter, it also shouldn’t come as a surprise to you that almost immediately after news broke that Mack had landed in the hospital, there was an onslaught of tweets in defense of Koppenhaver, claiming the fighter had caught Mack cheating on him, which justified the attack. (For what it’s worth, Mack has refuted the allegations that she was unfaithful to Koppenhaver on Twitter.)
The news: Toronto-based editor Lyndsay Kirkham has started a firestorm this week after overhearing what was apparently an incredibly sexist conversation between IBM executives at lunch — and live-tweeting it. Unaware that they were transmitting sexist nonsense to cyberspace, the IBM executives openly discussed "why they don't hire women." If you take Kirkham's account at its word, it actually gets way worse.
The Associated Press Twitter account is a must-follow for breaking-news junkies. It's also a great guide to the many ways you can fuck up breaking news. Like when it reported the status this morning of an aircraft carrying the bodies of MH17 victims back to Holland:
Jada, a 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas, was recently raped at her classmate’s house after she says she blacked out during a party. If that wasn’t horrifying enough, she found out she was raped after she spotted videos and photos of her taken of her during the rape on her social media feed. And if that wasn’t horrifying enough, people are now mocking her rape by tweeting photos of themselves lying down in a splayed position as Jada does in the video, with the hashtag #jadapose.
Where can you find the sex capital of America? What about drugs and gambling? A new study tried to find out the answers to these burning questions by analyzing 451,484 tweets in order to determine America’s vice capitals. The results vary from expected (Las Vegas loves gambling and Denver loves pot) to completely out of left field.
Twitter today has made another acquisition to build the social network’s ad tech business — specifically in the area of native ads. It has acquired Namo Media, a specialist in “native ad” content that integrates with the site where the ads are being viewed, with a focus on mobile ads. Twitter is not commenting on the price, but I have heard from reliable sources that it is around $50 million.
Namo Media is closing down its standalone operation and integrating into the MoPub platform that Twitter acquired last year, the startup wrote in a blog post announcing the news. There are around eight people working for the startup now and from what I understand most will be joining Twitter.
The idea of seamless ads fits in with how Twitter has been trying to ramp up its own advertising business both on desktop and mobile versions — eschewing banners and ads in the margins in favour of tweets, and more recently cards, that appear in a user’s Twitter stream in the form of Promoted Tweets and Promoted Accounts.
“Since we acquired MoPub last October, we have been working to bring native ads to mobile app publishers in order to create a more seamless and less intrusive ad experience for users,” Twitter’s ad head Kevin Weil wrote in a blog post announcing the deal. “We believe strongly that all app developers large and small should be able to monetize their applications without sacrificing the user experience.”
The cards that Twitter has been integrating into its stream have been growing in terms of the kinds of features that they cover — from buttons to get people to request more information, to videos and so on (with commerce potentially coming soon too?). So what Namo will bring is technology and engineers/expertise to expand that set of features. One recent example included adding a carousel-style feature to Namo’s ad format
The Islamic State is calling for the assassination of Twitter employees in retribution for the social media platform closing accounts associated with the terror group, according to a news website. Vocativ reported Monday that a Twitter account associated with the Islamic State issued a direct call for attacks...
On Sunday night, the network of hactivists known as Anonymous released an impassioned video demand for justice in the killing of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri. But a specific Anonymous threat against Police Chief Jon Belmar this afternoon backfired in a big way.
A Southwest Airlines passenger said he was deplaned and then forced by the airline to delete a Twitter post critical of Southwest's customer service before he and his two children were allowed back on their flight.
It all started with a harmless little tweet poking some fun at Ed Schultz. I don’t have that many followers on Twitter, so he could’ve just ignored it and the tweet would’ve been swallowed up, lost in the vast expanse of the twittersphere.
Ali Rowghani has resigned as chief operating officer of Twitter, the first casualty of decelerating growth and a steep stock decline since the company's initial public offering in November.
Rowghani will stay on as an employee and advise CEO Dick Costolo, the San Francisco company said in a regulatory filing on Thursday. The resignation was effective on Thursday. A Twitter spokesman declined to comment.
In a tweet, Rowghani said "Goodbye Twitter. It's been an amazing ride, and I will cherish the memories."
In response, Costolo tweeted: "Thank you for being an incredible executive & partner. Twitter could not have succeeded without you."
Twitter does not plan to replace Rowghani who was once viewed as a possible successor to Costolo. Costolo will now directly oversee product development.
Twitter has generated growing revenue but user growth has slowed. Rowghani was charged with attracting new users and broadening Twitter's appeal.
Twitter's first-quarter results in April showed that growth was continuing to slow, dampening expectations from investors who had hoped Twitter could one day rival Facebook. With about 255 million users, Twitter lags far behind Facebook's 1.3 billion.
Costolo decided product and engineering should report to him, not to Rowghani, so that Twitter could move more swiftly to reignite user growth, but Rowghani disagreed, said a source familiar with the situation but not permitted to discuss is publicly. "They arrived at an impasse," the person said.
Friction with Rowghani was reported by the technology blog Re/code on Wednesday.
Though the US Central Intelligence Agency may use Facebook, Twitter, and the like to keep tabs on targets of interest, the spy agency has only now officially joined social media--a move hastened by an imposter who was using the agency's name online.
There’s been a lot of talk about how women are underrepresented in the tech world and the voice of tech tends to be more male-centric. Especially when it comes to the Twitter conversation, it can feel a bit XY heavy.