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  • Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 13 years in jail, SA responds

    Judge Willie Seriti announced today that a unanimous judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal will see Oscar Pistorius' six year jail sentence replaced with 13 years and 5 months. The moment Judge Seriti hands down the #OscarPistorius judgment. Courtesy #DStv403pic.twitter.com/01LO7CKmJa — eNCA (@eNCA) November 24, 2017 The judgment overturned that of Judge Thokozile Masipa, who failed to put forward substantial reasons for her initial lenient sentencing, Prosecutor Andrea Johnson told the court this month. Pistorius was found guilty of murder when he shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. The case sent the nation reeling, and the ensuing trials, convictions, and sentences left many South Africans angry...

  • #MugabeResigns sends Twitter into celebratory meltdown

    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who ruled the country for 37 years, resigned Tuesday evening after a week-long pressure from the military -- and the web is rejoicing. On Twitter, #MugabeResigns was trending in top spot in South Africa hours after the leader tendered his resignation. Trends for Zimbabwe aren't made available by the platform, but it's safe to assume the hashtag was exploding locally as well. What a time to be alive!!! 🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼 The People are the Power!!#MugabeResigns — Boity Thulo (@Boity) November 21, 2017 While some expressed disappointment at the 93-year-old's departure, they were drowned out by the celebration of the majority. They still flockin into this...

  • Twitter’s flawed notion of news and public interest could kill us all [Opinion]

    In September this year, North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho claimed that the US had declared war on the country because of something US President Donald Trump had tweeted. "If echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won't be around much longer!" Trump wrote. Twitter users were outraged, declaring the tweet in clear violation of the platform's rule against threatening violence. North Korea interpreted it in the same way. Twitter's response? That the tweet was newsworthy and in the public interest, and therefore deserved to stay up. Now, two months later, Twitter is doubling down on this position by elaborating on...

  • South Africa responds to Charles Manson’s death on Twitter

    Charles Manson, one of the US's most notorious murderers in living memory, died of natural causes on Sunday at the age of 83 -- and the responses to his death prove the cult leader's global impact. By 11.21am Monday, Manson was trending number one worldwide, and even worked his way into South Africa's trends behind #IdolsSA and "Mugabe", among others. Manson orchestrated the infamous murders of heavily pregnant Sharon Tate and four others in an attempt to thwart what he claimed to be an impending race war. Many refused to wish him a peaceful rest. Charles Manson at the gates of hell. pic.twitter.com/y0cuDnPMYJ — Daniella Naomi🥀 (@Danideutsch) November 20,...

  • Twitter updates verification process after verifying Nazi

    Twitter landed itself in hot water last week after verifying a known US white supremacist -- and now it's trying (again) to allay criticisms of its complicity in the rise of global nationalism. Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017 Twitter's first response was that it didn't realise verification status was being used as an...

  • 150k Russian Twitter accounts targeted Brexit referendum

    More than 150 000 Twitter accounts -- previously only tweeting about the conflict in Ukraine -- turned their focus to Brexit in the days leading up to the June 2016 vote, data scientists from Swansea University and the University of California, Berkeley have revealed. The researchers looked at accounts that tweeted in English, but had their language set to Russian. These accounts, which posted 1000 tweets a day before the vote, amped their activity up to 45 000 in the last two days, and 39 000 on the day of the election. It is unclear whether these accounts were pushing for...

  • Here’s what Twitter’s saying about the #FeesCommission report

    The long-awaited Fees Commission Report has finally be released -- albeit over 30-minutes later than advertised -- and Twitter has responded in earnest. After waiting years for the ANC government to take a firm stance on the possibility of free tertiary education, users not only crashed the official website, but also pushed #FeesCommission to top trending nationwide. The first issue on the table? The official document's (found here) 752 pages -- though a few have already offered sub-280 character summaries. Can the law students kindly read and then give us a summary. I practically got a headache just looking at so many words....

  • Twitter responds to Louis CK’s alleged sexual misconduct

    Louis CK joined the likes of sexual misconduct accused Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey Wednesday when multiple women stepped forward to tell The New York Times their disturbing stories about the comedian. Comedic duo Dana Min Goodman and Julia Wolov said that in 2002 Louis CK invited them over to an after-show hang out in his hotel room. As soon as they arrived, the man asked if he could take out his penis. He allegedly undressed and started masturbating. A year later, another comedian Abby Schachner says that while on a phone call with Louis CK, she could hear him masturbating in the background. Six years later, she...

  • This Chrome extension reverts Twitter’s character count changes

    Some people are really, really against Twitter's 280 character tweets. The list includes one Iggy Azalea, the Chrissy Teigen and a Steven King. But if you also really miss living in 2006, there's a Chrome extension that might help. "Whipped up in one night" by Slate's dev team, the aptly named 140 is a snarky, buggy solution to clipping Twitter's wings down to a more manageable and familiar length. "Install our new Chrome extension, 140, and keep the horrifying world of 280-character Twitter at bay for a bit longer," reads the extension's description. "If you’re visiting Twitter in Chrome, 140 will cut everyone’s...

  • It’s official: Twitter’s 280 character tweets are rolling out worldwide

    Christmas has come early for talkative tweeters. Starting this week, Twitter will roll out its 280 character tweet limit to all 330-million of its users. The trusty 140 character limit -- which has been in effect since Twitter's launch back in 2006 -- will now become a thing of the past for users not tweeting in Japanese, Korean or Chinese. The company decided to make the change official after a limited trial period in September. During said trial, a select number of users experienced double the number of characters available to use in a tweet. Granted, some didn't quite take it as...

  • Here’s which Twitter rules changed on 3 November

    Twitter took a note out of Dua Lipa's book this month, presenting us all with a list of new rules. The catch? The company didn't count them -- so just looking at the new list of rules won't provide any hints to what actually changed. Fear not: Having pored over the old rules (found here) and the new ones (here), these are the most noticeable changes to The Twitter Rules. Actions for rule breakers The company now starts its rules by clarifying how it intends to deal with those who violate them. Twitter's new rules contain changes around the use of graphic content, wishing...

  • Watch: Trump demonstrates the most efficient way of feeding koi

    It's not often that a wordless tweet goes viral, but when it involves Donald Trump, Japanese President Shinzo Abe and a koi pond, anything is seemingly possible. The tweet, or more importantly the picture within said tweet, depicted the US President at a koi feeding ceremony during his current visit to Japan. Sources suggest that he lost patience with delicately spooning the food into the pond below, and instead, dumped the remainder haphazardly into the pool below. pic.twitter.com/6u28ZYAJd9 — Alex Pfeiffer (@PfeifferDC) November 6, 2017 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Abe both look puzzled, while a woman standing ahead of Tillerson tries...

  • ‘Heroic’ outgoing Twitter employee deletes Trump’s account

    On their last day at the company, a Twitter employee removed US President Donald Trump's infamous account from the platform. Twitter first blamed "human error" as the cause; it later clarified the removal was purposeful. Through our investigation we have learned that this was done by a Twitter customer support employee who did this on the employee’s last day. We are conducting a full internal review. https://t.co/mlarOgiaRF — Twitter Government (@TwitterGov) November 3, 2017 The account was down for 11 minutes before it was restored with all of its tweets, but that didn't stop others on the platform from declaring the unnamed employee the "Greatest...

  • South Africans take strong stance against murder-accused Henri van Breda

    Triple murder accused Henri van Breda took to the stands Tuesday to give his testimony on the incidents that led to the brutal murders of three family members and the attempted murder of his younger sister in January 2015. Van Breda told the court of a giggling, axe-wielding intruder that attacked his family in their home on a Stellenbosch estate -- but South Africans on social media were not convinced by the accused's version of events. One of the main contentions was van Breda's clear memory of unnecessary details, but forgetfulness over crucial moments in the case. #VanBreda can't recall which policeman said Marli is alive but he recalls...

  • 23 of Twitter’s top Halloween costumes 2017

    Darkness falls across the land. The midnight hour is close at hand. Creatures crawl in search of clout. "To Twitter!" spooky users shout. So grisly ghouls in their costumes close on in to share your doom. And though you fight to stay alive, your body starts to shiver. For no mere mortal can resist the evil fame on Twitter. (AKA: These are some of the costumes that got the most likes and retweets on Twitter this year. These numbers are as of 9.35am, 1 November.) 23. Eazy-E, @36O4Arin (34 500+) EAZY MF E pic.twitter.com/CylNkGozTC — BURLY BOY ARIN (@36O4Arin) October 30, 2017 This little kid is dressed as the rapper...