Social Media Newsfeed: Twitter Government Requests | Beck on Spotify

Twitter received 40 percent more requests for data from governments since summer. Beck's popularity rises on Spotify after Grammys. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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Twitter: Government Requests for Your Data Spiked 40 Percent Since Summer (Mashable)
Like it or not, governments are more curious than ever about Twitter users. The social network released its latest government transparency report on Monday, revealing that the number of requests for user information in the second half of 2014 jumped 40 percent over the previous six months. The Next Web Globally, the company received 2,871 requests spanning 7,144 user accounts, and released some information for 52 percent of them. Twitter notifies its users of information requests except in cases of national security. The Guardian Twitter said it was getting more requests from countries around the world but three countries stood out: Russia, Turkey and the U.S. In the same period Twitter received an 84 percent increase in government and government-sanctioned demands to remove content from its service. The Verge There’s one thing Twitter still can’t list: secret orders from the NSA and other U.S. intelligence agencies. While Google, Microsoft, and other companies accepted a compromise that lets them disclose these numbers in wide bands, Twitter opted out, saying that wide range “seriously undermines” transparency. Mother Jones Twitter sued the U.S. government in October to allow it to release more information (the case is still pending), and Monday, the government allowed Twitter to publish a heavily redacted version of a letter the company drafted to inform its users about surveillance requests. The letter states that the government surveillance authorized by national security letters and FISA orders has been “quite limited.”

Beck’s Popularity on Spotify is Up 524 Percent After Grammy Win and Kanye Kerfuffle (Adweek)
If you’re worried Kanye West may have stolen the limelight at last night’s Grammy Awards, don’t feel too bad for Album of the Year winner Beck. The multitalented troubadour’s music has been blowing up on Spotify ever since.

Twitter Most Effective Social Marketing Platform (but Facebook Most Important), Says Study (SocialTimes)
Two thirds of marketers in Ireland believe that Twitter is the most effective social platform for business, reveals a new study. But Facebook is still seen as the most important social network, largely because of its size.

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Skype for Android Now Lets You Share Photos Offline and Use Other Apps While on a Call (VentureBeat)
Skype is rolling out a new Android update that allows users to share photos with their friends when they’re offline and multi-task while they’re making a call. Previously, Skype only enabled tablet users to access other apps while on a call.

Brands, Not Fans, Are Bringing ‘Community’ Back (LostRemote)
Last spring, fans rejoiced when it was announced that, thanks to popular demand, “Community” was going to be saved on a second screen. Monday, it was announced that Honda will be the main advertising partner. So, you can thank the car company for your favorite show’s return.

Woman Says She Was Fired via Twitter (Before Starting Job) (CNET)
The night before she was to start, Feb. 6, Cella emitted a tweet that read: “Ew, I start this f*** a** job tomorrow.” This plaintive cry from the wilderness of reality was accompanied by seven thumbs-down emoji.

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How to Use Social Media to Optimize Your Event [Infographic] (SocialTimes)
Indeed, social platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn now play a key role in all stages of conference marketing. But how do you ensure your event experience is optimized?

RG3 Spars with a Fan Who Thinks He Should Stay Off Social Media (NBC Sports)
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III put up a seemingly innocuous Instagram video, showing himself listening to “Billie Jean” while driving to his morning workout. But RG3 is a polarizing figure these days, and he soon learned that nothing he does can be completely innocuous.

Facebook Launches Bullying Prevention Center in Singapore (SocialTimes)
Facebook teamed up with the Media Literacy Council in Singapore to launch its Bullying Prevention Centre for that country. AsiaOne reported that the site includes information, recommendations and guidance aimed at users who are being bullied, as well as friends, parents, teachers and even users accused of bullying.

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