Twitter has received mountains of criticism over the prevalence of bullying and abuse on its platform – and over the company’s perceived failure to curb any of it. (This reportedly played a role in Twitter’s failure to keep prospective buyers like Disney at the table.) Now the company is taking new steps to fight harassment. Twitter will allow users to automatically block tweets that contain specific keywords, phrases, hashtags, emojis, or usernames from appearing in their push notifications. The change will be rolled out in the coming days, according to a new blog post. On top of that, Twitter says that it’s updating its Hateful Conduct Policy, presenting users with a menu to help them report on harassment with more specificity. (For instance, users might select “It directs hate against a race, religion, gender or orientation,” as a reason for reporting a tweet as harassment.). More than anything else, the Hateful Conduct Policy update is designed to provide more information to the Twitter employees who assess the reports, giving them a better idea of how to handle the situation.
The Stand, CBS All Access’ television adaptation of the storied 1978 Stephen King novel, will debut December 17. Starring Whoopi Goldberg, Alexander Skarsgard, James Marsden, Odessa Young, Jovan Adepo and Amber Heard, the limited series unfolds around King’s apocalyptic struggle between good and evil after a plague destroys most of the country. Ben Cavell serves […]
Get ready cats and kittens. Joe Exotic (working title), UCP’s limited series starring and exec-produced by Kate McKinnon, scored a straight-to-series order by both the NBCU television and streaming divisions. In an unprecedented move, project will roll out across broadcast net NBC, streamer Peacock, and a basic cable net USA. Series is based on the […]
Dennis Quaid is the cat’s meow. He’s partnering with ITV America’s Leftfield Pictures for unscripted TV project Saving Dennis Quaid, which he’ll star in and exec produce. Project documents the animal lover’s recent headline-making pet rescue where he and partner Jimmy Jellinek set out on a mission to adopt a 6-year-old black cat from Lynchburg, […]
Big news at Turner Sports, as the company lands a multiyear extension of its partnership with Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq’s expanded role gains the Basketball Hall of Famer more airtime, including on TNT’s Inside the NBA and NBA on TNT, as well as contributions to NBA.com. He also will develop projects throughout the WarnerMedia portfolio including […]
The 74th Annual Tony Awards ceremony will go on, presented digitally sometime in the fall. Date and platform are TBA. The event had originally been scheduled for June 7, but was replaced by plans for a streaming special on the same date due to COVID-19. That special was postponed amid unrest over the George Floyd […]