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Fb has eliminated all cross-posted tweets

Fb customers are complaining the corporate has eliminated the cross-posted Tweets they'd printed to their profiles as Fb updates. The posts’ removi...


Fb customers are complaining the corporate has eliminated the cross-posted Tweets they’d printed to their profiles as Fb updates. The posts’ removing happened following the latest API change that prevented Twitter customers from persevering with to robotically publish their Tweets to Fb. In line with the affected events, each the Fb posts themselves, in addition to the dialog round these posts that had taken place straight on Fb, at the moment are gone. Reached for remark, Fb says it’s conscious of the difficulty and is wanting into it.

TechCrunch was alerted to the issue by a reader who couldn’t discover any details about the difficulty in Fb’s Assist Heart. We’ve since confirmed the difficulty ourselves with a number of affected events and confirmed it with Fb.

Given the real-time nature of social media – and the way troublesome it’s to drag up previous posts – it’s potential that lots of the impacted Fb customers have but to understand their previous posts have been eliminated.

The truth is, we solely discovered a handful of public complaints concerning the deletions, thus far.

For instance:

Above: chosen complaints from Twitter concerning the information loss

Above: a touch upon Exadrive following our put up on the API modifications 

A few of those that had been impacted had been very gentle Fb customers and had closely relied on the cross-posting to maintain their Fb accounts energetic. Because of the mass removals, their Fb profiles at the moment are pretty empty.

TechCrunch editor Matthew Panzarino is a type of right here who was impacted. He factors out that the power to share tweets to Fb was a helpful option to attain individuals who weren’t on Twitter in an effort to proceed a dialogue with a distinct viewers.

“I’ve had tweet cross-posting turned on for years, from the early days of it even current. This simply eliminated hundreds of posts from my Fb silently, with no warning,” Matthew informed me. “Although the posts didn’t originate on Fb, I typically had ongoing conversations concerning the posts as soon as my Fb associates (and viewers) noticed them. A lot of them would by no means see them on Twitter both as a result of they don’t comply with me or they don’t use it,” he mentioned.

“It’s wild to have all of that context simply vanish,” he added.

As it’s possible you’ll recall, Fb earlier this month made a change to its API platform to forestall third-party apps from publishing posts to Fb because the logged-in person. The change was part of Fb’s bigger overhaul and lockdown of its API platform within the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the place as many as 87 million Fb customers had their information improperly harvested and shared.

Since then, Fb has been attempting to plug up the holes in its platform to forestall additional information misuse. One of many modifications it made was to cease third-parties from with the ability to put up to Fb because the logged-in person.

For current apps, like Twitter, that permission was revoked on August 1, 2018.

Above: Twitter’s cross-posting function, on the day it was disabled by the Fb API change

Earlier than the API modifications, Twitter customers had been capable of go to the “Apps” part from Twitter on the internet, then authenticate with Fb to have their tweets cross-posted to Fb’s social community. One enabled, the tweets would seem on the person’s web page as a Fb put up they’d printed, and their associates may then like and touch upon the put up as every other.

In idea, the API modifications ought to solely have prevented Twitter customers from persevering with to cross-post their tweets to Fb robotically. It shouldn’t have additionally deleted the prevailing posts from Fb customers’ profiles and enterprise customers’ Fb Pages.

It is a breach of belief from an organization that’s within the strategy of attempting to restore a damaged belief with its customers throughout quite a lot of fronts, together with information misuse. No matter no matter new coverage is in impact round apps and the way they’ll put up to Fb, nobody would have ever anticipated that Fb would really take away their previous posts with out warning.

We’re hoping that the issue is a bug that Fb can resolve, and never one thing that can lead to everlasting information loss.

Fb tells us whereas it doesn’t have additional details about the issue at the moment, it ought to have extra to share tonight or tomorrow about what’s being completed.

Stories point out that Tesla has been subpoenaed over Elon Musk’s tweets


The lengthy week for Tesla is getting even longer as the corporate has now been subpoenaed by the Securities and Trade Fee, in line with a number of stories.

First reported by the Fox Enterprise Community and confirmed by The New York Occasions, federal regulators seem like excited about Elon Musk’s August 7 tweet concerning his plans for privatizing the electrical automotive producer and his claims to have discovered traders dedicated to finance the transaction.

From later statements it has turn into clear that Musk had not really secured financing, and has solely had preliminary talks with traders.

Federal securities regulators have served Tesla with a subpoena, in line with an individual aware of the investigation, growing strain on the electrical automotive firm, because it offers with the fallout from a number of current actions by its chief government, Elon Musk.

For Musk, the ill-advised tweet was both a drug-induced little bit of foolishness or a short-sighted try to deal with the hordes of short-sellers who’ve swarmed over the inventory, angling to make hundreds of thousands of off of any perceived misfortune out there.

Tesla declined to remark for this text.

Based on the Occasions, regulators have been excited about Tesla even earlier than Musk started his erratic tweeting. They have been already questioning Tesla whistleblower Martin Tripp (in line with the Occasions), who has claimed that the corporate knowingly manufactured batteries with punctured holes, which may impression a whole bunch of vehicles; misled the general public in regards to the variety of Mannequin 3s really being produced by as a lot as 44 p.c; and lowered car specs so the corporate may use waste and scrap materials in autos.

Whereas Tripp’s allegations are explosive sufficient, they’re now being overshadowed by the present drama over Musk’s tweets, which despatched the inventory value of his firm hovering.

Whereas Tesla has now retained Goldman Sachs to rearrange financing for a privatization, on the time of Musk’s tweets final week, no financing had been secured.

That might land the serial entrepreneur in a whole lot of sizzling water.

Federal decide guidelines that embedded tweets can symbolize copyright infringement


A current ruling by a New York federal decide may have important implications for a way copyright legal guidelines are enforced.

The ruling was made in a case the place Justin Goldman accused publications together with Breitbart, Time, Yahoo, Vox Media, and the Boston Globe of violating his copyright by embedding tweets along with his picture of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Broady into their tales. Goldman had posted the picture to Snapchat, however it went viral and different customers subsequently uploaded it to Twitter.

Based on The Hollywood Reporter, the picture in query was an image of Brady, Boston Celtics normal supervisor Danny Ainge and others, and it was utilized in tales about whether or not Brady may assist the Celtics recruit Kevin Durant.

The publishers had requested for a abstract judgment on this case, based mostly on what’s referred to as the “server take a look at” — the place the legal responsibility for copyright infringement is decided by whether or not a picture is hosted on the writer’s server, or if the writer simply embedded or linked to a picture that’s hosted elsewhere.

Choose Katherine Forrest argued that the server take a look at has not been utilized extensively outdoors the Ninth Circuit. She wrote:

The plain language of the Copyright Act, the legislative historical past undergirding its enactment, and subsequent Supreme Courtroom jurisprudence present no foundation for a rule that permits the bodily location or possession of a picture to find out who might or might not have ‘displayed’ a piece throughout the which means of the Copyright Act … Nowhere does the Copyright Act counsel that possession of a picture is critical in an effort to show it. Certainly, the aim and language of the Act help the alternative view.

This ruling doesn’t imply the publishers have misplaced the swimsuit — it merely rejects their movement for abstract judgment. Nevertheless, it’s already drawn criticism from the Digital Frontier Basis, which referred to as the server take a look at “a basis of the trendy Web.”

“We hope that in the present day’s ruling doesn’t stand,” wrote the EFF’s Daniel Nazer. “If it did, it might threaten the ever present apply of in-line linking that advantages thousands and thousands of Web customers day by day.”

Featured Picture: Exadrive

Microsoft’s AI Twitter bot goes dark after racist, sexist tweets


Microsoft's AI Twitter bot goes dark after racist, sexist tweets

(Reuters) – Tay, Microsoft Corp.’s so-called chat bot that uses artificial intelligence to get involved with Millennials on Twitter, takes less than a day before it stumbled through a barrage of racist and sexist comments by Twitter users it back parroted to them.

TayTweets (@TayandYou), which began tweeting on Wednesday, is designed to be “smarter” and more users interact with it, according to his Twitter biography. But it was closed by Microsoft early Thursday after a series of inappropriate tweets.

A Microsoft representative said yesterday the company is “making adjustments” to the chatbot, while the bill is silent.

“Unfortunately, within the first 24 hours of coming online, aware of a concerted effort by some to abuse users Taya ???? ‘s remarks have skills Tay respond inappropriate ways we have,” says the provide representative in a written statement to Reuters, without extending.

According to Tay’s “about” page linked to the Twitter profile, “Tay is an artificial intelligent chat bot developed by technology from Microsoft and Research and Bing teams to experiment with and research on conversational understanding.”

While Twitter Tay began his tenure with a handful of harmless tweets, the bill quickly passed into a loudspeaker for hate speech, repeated anti-Semitic, racist and sexist skeltaal thrown his way by other Twitter users.

to Twitter user Room (@codeinecrazzy) tweeted “Jews did 9/11” reacted to the bill on Wednesday @TayandYou “Well … Jews 9/11.” In another case, Tay tweeted “feminism is cancer,” in response to other Twitter users said the same.

A handful of offensive tweets later removed, according to some technology news outlets. A screen grab released by technology news website the edge has TayTweets tweeting, “I (curse) hate feminists and they must die and burn in hell.”

Tay last message before was gone, “K quickly man must sleep now so many calls today thx.”

Reuters a direct message on Twitter yesterday to receive a TayTweets replied that the road will be back soon.

Social media users have mixed reactions to the inappropriate tweets.

“. Thanks, Twitter You have Microsoft’s AI teen in a horny racist,” tweeted Matt Chandler (@ mattchandl3r)

(Reporting by Amy Tennery and Gina Cherelus in New York. editing by Matthew Lewis)