Twitter CEO Announces Upcoming New Rules for Site After #WomenBoycottTwitter Blowback

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addressed the #WomenBoycottTwitter movement in a series of tweets late Friday. Yesterday, the social media giant faced heavy backlash after actress and vocal Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan was suspended for 12 hours due to violating the site’s terms and conditions. Twitter quickly backtracked and ended her suspension. That didn’t settle the anger of many Twitter users. So in solidarity of McGowan and other victims of sexual harassment, many vowed to boycott the site all day Friday and used #WomenBoycottTwitter to spread their message. Dorsey responded on Twitter and told his 4 million followers about changes that will be implemented:

President Trump Praises Lou Dobbs… for Praising Trump On TV

President Trump tonight praised a Fox Business Network host for praising him first during his broadcast tonight. During his show Friday night, Lou Dobbs teased an upcoming segment on Trump’s accomplishments by saying, “We take up what may be the most accomplished presidency in modern American history.”
President Trump subsequently took to Twitter to thank Dobbs for his “wonderful statement”: [image via screengrab] — — Follow Josh Feldman on Twitter: @feldmaniac

Sports Twitter is Irate the NCAA Didn’t Punish North Carolina After Years-Long Academic Probe

After a years-long probe into an academic scandal at the University of North Carolina — in which hundreds of student athletes registered for sham courses and received phony high grades — the NCAA announced Friday that the school would not be punished. “While student-athletes likely benefited from the so-called ‘paper courses’ offered by North Carolina, the information available in the record did not establish that the courses were solely created, offered and maintained as an orchestrated effort to benefit student-athletes,” said Greg Sankey, the commissioner of the Southeastern Conference — who headed an NCAA panel looking into the scandal. Essentially, the NCAA concluded that there probably were sham courses at the school, but they weren’t exclusively for athletes. And so even though athletes “likely benefited,” the NCAA opted not to punish the university The ruling has been met with widespread outrage from fans and journalists. Pat Forde of Yahoo  Continue reading "Sports Twitter is Irate the NCAA Didn’t Punish North Carolina After Years-Long Academic Probe"

Megyn Kelly Rips Twitter for Suspending Rose McGowan: ‘Give Me a Break! Do Better!’

Earlier this week, actress Rose McGowan was temporarily suspended from Twitter after she unleashed a series of tweets about the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The suspension came after she called out Ben Affleck and others for providing cover for Weinstein’s sexual misconduct. The social media platform stated that McGowan was suspended for violating its rule of publicly sharing personal phone numbers. Considering McGowan — who has accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting her — is one of the leading voices bringing the movie producer’s history of sexual misconduct to light, the suspension was a PR disaster for Twitter, to say the least. During today’s broadcast of Megyn Kelly Today, host Megyn Kelly lit into Twitter over its decision while pointing to her own history of being harassed online as proof the platform is inconsistent in applying its rules. Highlighting that it is against the site’s rules to share phone numbers, Kelly Continue reading "Megyn Kelly Rips Twitter for Suspending Rose McGowan: ‘Give Me a Break! Do Better!’"

MediaShift Podcast #244: Pitiful Diversity at Legacy Newsrooms; Google Hit with Russian-Linked Ads; Gizmodo Media Group’s Susie Banikarim

In the news this week, a new survey found that legacy newspaper newsrooms are still dominated by white males, while digital newsrooms are doing much better at creating a diverse workplace. Google joins the party as another place where Russian agents bought ads to sway Americans during last year’s election season. Last week’s ONA conference focused a lot on metrics, innovation, and best practices. Did it miss the bigger picture for media? The Metric of the Week is Automated Analytics, and we speak with Susie Banikarim, the new editorial director at Gizmodo Media Group, to discuss their new TV show “Car vs. America.” Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to get a roundup of the week’s top news? Then check out our Digital Media Brief below!

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Jimmy Kimmel May Have Found The Way To Prevent Trump From Tweeting: ‘A Fidget Spinner’

On Thursday night, Jimmy Kimmel mocked President Trump‘s latest tweet storm on Puerto Rico. “He wrote, ‘We cannot keep FEMA in Puerto Rico forever,’ which- okay, but it’s been three weeks,” Kimmel reacted. “He has hemorrhoids that last longer than that.” Kimmel thinks the only way to get Trump to care about what’s happening in Puerto Rico is to “add a hot Puerto Rican anchor lady to Fox & Friends.” He went on to address the tweeting. “I gave this a lot of thought today, I think I have a plan to maybe put a dent in that,” Kimmel said. “And the plan is this…” Kimmel pulled out a yellow fidget spinner from his pocket. “Now what I’d like you to do is go in your kids’ rooms, grab all of their fidget spinners, and send them to this address: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave,” Kimmel Continue reading "Jimmy Kimmel May Have Found The Way To Prevent Trump From Tweeting: ‘A Fidget Spinner’"

#WomenBoycottTwitter Trends in Solidarity of Rose McGowan and Other Victims of Sexual Harassment

Twitter reacted very strongly when actress and vocal Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan‘s account was temporarily suspended. The social media giant claimed she violated their terms and conditions and initially blocked her from tweeting for 12 hours, but after immediate backlash, they backtracked. Now many Twitter users are calling not to use the site all day Friday, October 13, to show solidarity for McGowan and others who are silenced using the #WomenBoycottTwitter.