Twitter backtracks on block feature after users revolt
By Gerry Shih SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Twitter Inc was forced to nix a change to its "block" feature on Thursday after attracting a wave of protest from users who said the new policy empowered perpetrators of online abuse. The humbling reversal on one of the most sensitive policy issues facing the social network came as Twitter encountered user revolt for the first time as a public company. Under the short-lived change on Thursday, a blocked Twitter user could view or tweet at the person who blocked him or her, but that activity would have been rendered invisible to the victim as if the offending account did not exist. Before it backtracked, Twitter had said Thursday that the change was meant to protect victims of harassment who wanted to filter out abusive messages but feared that the act of blocking a user would prompt retaliation.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 00:28:30 -0500
S. Africa investigates sign interpreter
JOHANNESBURG (AP) The South African government says it is aware of reports that the bogus sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela's memorial once faced a murder charge, and says he's being investigated.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:26:09 -0500
House GOP conservatives help propel budget bill
WASHINGTON (AP) After a sweeping vote by conservative Republicans controlling the House and President Barack Obama's Democratic allies, a bipartisan budget pact is in the hands of the Senate, where it will encounter stronger but probably futile resistance from Republicans.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:37:41 -0500
Iran's fears of being a target cloud nuke talks
VIENNA (AP) Assassinations, cyber-attacks and possible military strikes: As nuclear negotiations with Iran enter a crucial stage, Tehran is voicing fears that tougher oversight of its activities will increase the risks of an attack on its atomic facilities and the scientists working on them.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 03:41:02 -0500
Chaos, gunbattles, hungry kids in C. African Rep.
BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) French troops backed by a helicopter traded fire with suspected rebels in a tense Bangui neighborhood on Friday, as France's military chief arrived in Central African Republic to see how his troops are doing trying to stabilize the lawless country.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:05:29 -0500
Nicaragua in thrall of Ortega's canal dream
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) Six months after the Sandinista government granted a Chinese businessman a 100-year concession to build a vast canal across Nicaragua, most of the nation is in the thrall of the imagined waterway.
Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:24:03 -0500
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