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Government requests for Twitter users' information increase worldwide

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Government requests for Twitter users' information increase worldwide

IJNet | February 13, 2015

Twitter's transparency report reveals an uptick in government requests for user data, apps to freshen up your Instagram feed and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.

Twitter reports a surge in government data requests

Twitter on Monday released its twice-yearly transparency report, showing a surge in government requests for users’ Twitter information. (The New York Times, 2/9)

3 free apps for a more engaging Instagram feed

Instagram now has more active users than Twitter – 300 million at the last count – with many news outlets now using it to share images and videos around breaking news and trending topics. But as the Instagram landscape becomes increasingly crowded, how do you make your posts stand out? (Journalism.co.uk, 2/9)

Journalists get cyberbullied too

Many argue that online social networks also have a downside that poses a threat to press freedom - the verbal abuse, harassment or cyberbullying that journalists can face because of their work. (IFEX, 2/6)

Associated Press offers simultaneous live video feeds to news websites

The Associated Press, the US-based news agency, has expanded its video services in response to growing demand by media outlets. It will enable its customers - meaning, in the main, American newspaper websites - to stream more than one live event at a time. (The Guardian, 2/10)

Timeline is providing historical context to the news — but is there a business model to support it?

There’s a new news app that’s made quite a splash. From headlines like “Timeline Is A Beautiful News App That Makes It Easy To See The History Behind A Story” to being Apple’s best app of January, Timeline’s gotten a warm welcome. (Nieman Lab, 2/11)

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Main image CC-licensed by Garrett Heath.

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