Copyright infringing tweets now withheld, not removed

troll wannabe

Twitter has begun handling DMCA copyright notices in a new way. In a tweet, Twitter announced that the practice of outright removing tweets has been shelved. Instead, the site will notify the offending tweeters with a notice indicating that the tweet has been marked for a DMCA takedown.

In the past, Twitter would completely remove the infringing tweet, and retweets and responses would disappear along with it. The new tactic will replace the tweet with a reason explaining its removal, while keeping everything else intact.

To recap the type of content that Twitter will remove, Twitter’s tweet linked to its Copyright and DMCA Policy page which outlines what’s considered copyright infringement:

“Twitter will respond to reports of alleged copyright infringement, such as allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image as a profile photo, header photo, or background, allegations concerning the unauthorized use of a copyrighted image uploaded through our photo hosting service, or Tweets containing links to allegedly infringing materials.”

The way Twitter is handling DMCA takedowns parallel’s Google’s DMCA notifications that show up at the bottom of search results. Results removed from Google results are replaced with an explanation, the number of results removed, and a link to the report from the party responsible for filing the complaint.

To give you an idea of what the tweets will look like Twitter will replace the infringing content with the following explanation:

withheld tweets

“This Tweet from [@username] has been withheld in response to a report from the copyright holder. Learn more: support.twitter.com/articles/15795#”

In the past, infringing tweets would be removed and clicking on a URL of where the tweet used to live, would instead open up a 404 page indicating that the content has been removed altogether.

The change helps to manage the transparency that Twitter wishes to maintain with its content moderating practices, as explained in its policy page:

“In an effort to be as transparent as possible regarding the removal or restriction of access to user-posted content, we clearly mark withheld Tweets and media to indicate to viewers when content has been withheld.”

As a company that’s steadily evolving into a content hub for publishing the latest news, there’s a delicate balance between users and complaining publishers that needs to be maintained to keep both parties relatively happy. Removing content outright discourages users from using Twitter as a content distribution platform, while of course failing to acknowledge and comply with DMCA complaints subjects Twitter to lawsuits. This is one strategy that provides transparency for DMCA takedown notices for all parties involved, including the readers and retweeters of the tweets. It’s also a strategy that can help identify baseless complaints, which has in fact been a common practice on Google.

Social Media

Twitter keeps your DMs even years after you delete them

Twitter is keeping copies of direct messages sent through the social network even years after users delete them, according to security researcher Karan Saini who discovered an archive containing old DMs from deleted and suspended accounts.
Business

Apple loses battle to use Intel modems in Germany in latest clash with Qualcomm

Apple is following the Federal Trade Commission's lead and has sued Qualcomm for a massive $1 billion in the U.S., $145 million in China, and also in the U.K., claiming the company charged onerous royalties for its patented tech.
Computing

Don’t expect to see the new Dell XPS 15 with OLED display until April

There could be a delay in the release of Dell's new laptops with OLED panels. A new tweet from Dell executive Frank Azor suggests that these new devices might not come until a month later.
Computing

Cryptic video teases Microsoft’s next-generation HoloLens 2 headset

Though not revealing much, a roughly 42-second long teaser video was sent out by HoloLens inventor Alex Kipman on Twitter ahead of a planned press event at Mobile World Congress on February 24.
Social Media

‘Instagram egg’ embarks on a new adventure as man behind it is unmasked

The Instagram egg made global headlines recently after it became the most-liked post on the photo-sharing app. The person behind the account has now been revealed, as has his reason for choosing an egg for the stunt.
Social Media

Periscope tool adds guests to feeds so streamers can become talk show hosts

Periscope users can now invite viewers to chime into the conversation with more than just the comment tool. By enabling the option to add guests, livestreamers can add guests to the conversation, in audio format only.
Photography

Crouching, climbing, and creeping, the perfect Instagram shot knows no bounds

Just how far will you go for the perfect Instagram? A recent survey shows just how willing Instagram users -- and Instagram husbands -- are to climb, lie down, embarrass themselves or let their food go cold for the perfect shot.
Social Media

Facebook’s long-promised ‘unsend’ feature arrives. Here’s how to use it

Send a message to the wrong person? Messenger now gives you 10 minutes to take it back. After an update beginning to roll out today, users can now retract messages if they act within the first 10 minutes after sending the message.
Social Media

YouTube boss admits even her own kids gave the ‘Rewind’ video a thumbs down

YouTube's 2018 Rewind video went down like a lead balloon at the end of last year, becoming the most disliked video in its history. And now YouTube's CEO has admitted that even her own kids thought it was pretty darn awful.
Social Media

Snapchat finally recovers from its redesign — so here comes an Android update

Snapchat's drop in users after launching a controversial redesign has finally stagnated. During the fourth quarter and 2018 earnings report, Snapchat shared that the company is rolling out an Android update designed to increase performance.
Social Media

Skype’s new ‘blur background’ feature could help keep you from blushing

Skype's latest feature for desktop lets you blur your background during video calls. The idea is that it keeps you as the focus instead of distracting others with whatever embarrassing things you might have on show behind you.
Social Media

Twitter users are declining but more people are seeing ads every day

Twitter's end-of-the-year report for 2018 is a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that more users are seeing adds daily, the metric the company will focus on moving forward. But the bad news is that monthly active users are…
Web

Switch up your Reddit routine with these interesting, inspiring, and zany subs

So you've just joined the wonderful world of Reddit and want to explore it. With so many subreddits, however, navigating the "front page of the internet" can be daunting. Here are some of the best subreddits to get you started.
Computing

YouTube beats Apple, Netflix as the most trusted brand by millennials

The popular video sharing website YouTube climbed up in an annual Mblm study, moving up from third place in 2018 and coming ahead of both Apple and Netflix in final 2019 rankings.