How Twitter went from banal to brutal

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OPINION: Last week Duncan Garner quit Twitter in a huff, after a column he wrote about immigration attracted a storm of moral outrage.

Garner complained bitterly about the "verbal abuse" he was subjected to and the "intolerance, hatred and madness" of Twitter users.

Garner's column was objectionable to some people, but some of the feedback he got was also outrageous. It made me wonder how exactly Twitter became the go-to platform for outrage culture.

Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

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SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.

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Social network banks on sport fans' passion

Twitter is exploring new ways to engage sports fans, tapping into their passion as it fights its corner in the cutthroat world of social media.

Theo Luke, Twitter's sports partnership director for Europe and the Middle East, told Leaders Week in London that sport is a major driver of activity on the social networking site.
Last year, when British voters chose to leave the European Union and Donald Trump swept to the US presidency, "in the United Kingdom sport was the biggest topic of conversation," Luke said on Monday.

Microsoft acquires AltspaceVR social networking company

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AltspaceVR has had a rough couple of months, going from announcing it was shutting down in July, to revealing it was staying open thanks to the help of a third party. Now it looks like the VR social networking platform will be joining the Microsoft team.

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