Earlier this year, Twitter started putting some of its users in “time-out” as one of the company’s new measures designed to curb abusive behavior. As spelled out in an email sent to those placed in time- out, Twitter said that “creating a safer environment for people to freely express themselves is critical to the Twitter community.” The email then went on to explain the infraction and the duration of the time-out.

Recently, Twitter gave InforWars’ Alex Jones a weeklong time-out and suggested that additional restrictions to combat the “spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech” might be on the way. As a publicly traded company, a good question is “what might this mean for Twitter shareholders?”

History of Twitter

Twitter was created in March of 2006 and launched in July of that year. Current CEO Jack Dorsey published the first Twitter message at 9:50 p.m. Pacific Time that read: “just setting up my twttr.”

Dorsey has explained the origin of the “Twitter” title: as follows:

“we came across the word ‘twitter’, and it was just perfect. The definition was ‘a short burst of inconsequential information,’ and ‘chirps from birds’. And that’s exactly what the product was.”

In September of 2013, Twitter announced that it had filed papers in advance of an Initial Public Offering and less than two months later, Twitter shares opened at $26.00/share and closed at $44.90, giving Twitter a valuation of approximately $31 billion.

Fast forward to the summer of 2018, Twitter is trading in the $32 range with a valuation of approximately $24 billion.

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Facebook is facing a reckoning in the court of public opinion for how the social media giant and its partners handle customer data.

In the court of law, holding Facebook responsible for its actions has been quite a bit harder.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hauled in front of Congress to apologize for a data scraping scandal – a scandal that quickly followed an outcry that the site had been exploited by Russia during the 2016 election.

It’s rare to see a social media company pay consequences for its actions – or inactions – because of a broad immunity shield that some in Congress are rethinking.

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What happened at Orbitz?

Reports from March 20th state that up to 880,000 payment card numbers and related information may have been exposed in a data breach. Orbitz, which is owned by Expedia, apparently had two different data disclosures.

In the first disclosure, a hacker may have accessed customers’ personal information for some purchases made on orbitz.com between Jan. 1, 2016, and June 22, 2016, according to the news report. The related information includes customers’ birthdays, physical addresses, full names, phone numbers, email addresses and payment-card information.

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This Halloween, when you open the door, you may find Thor, Captain America, Green Lantern, or the X-Men standing outside looking for tasty treats. Or, you may find characters you don’t recognize at all! Keeping up with pop culture is no easy task. This year, watch for:

  • Anime characters: If you’re not a fan of Japanese anime comic books, graphic novels, or video games, you may not recognize Chibi Moon or Uzumaki when they appear at your door.
  • Steampunk characters: Steampunk culture shows what the digital age would look like if it had happened 100 years ago.

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Last month we wrote about American’s vulnerability to the growing threat of SPAM in your emails, and the historically unfavorable returns of August and September. On September 7th, Equifax decided to layer another level of doom to our readers when the company announced that 143 million American’s information, including social security and driver’s license numbers, had been stolen by hackers. This is the largest threat to personally sensitive information in years, and the third successful hack into Equifax in 2017 alone.

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From the title, you may be thinking about the iconic American meat that arrives in a rectangular 12-ounce tin (and is inexplicably popular in certain island states and American territories). However, your true worry should focus on the “spam” that arrives digitally as email, text, and social media messages.

The latter type of ‘spam’ took its name from the former. You may be familiar with a sketch from the 1970’s movie, Monty Python. The performance introduced a café that offered Spam in almost every dish, much to the dismay of a customer whose palette did not favor the processed meat.

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