Top Twitter users lose 2 percent of followers on average as policy changes
A Twitter Inc policy change on Thursday to increase the service’s credibility cost its 100 most popular users about 2 percent of their followers, on average, according to social media data firm Keyhole.
Twitter is no longer counting as followers any accounts that have been locked because of suspected fraud, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey posted on Thursday. Locked accounts had already been kept out of Twitter’s daily and monthly active user figures.
The accounts are locked if Twitter detects unusual behaviour such as a burst of activity after months of dormancy.
The new policy could be substantial for some Twitter users because follower totals serve as a top selling point when celebrities and so-called social media influencers negotiate deals with advertisers. For other users, follower counts are a point of pride.
As the change went into effect, Twitter’s “@Twitter” account lost 12.4 percent of its foll..
Trump says Brexit won't be what people asked for
U.S. President Donald Trump said he was not sure if Britain's new approach to Brexit was what the people had voted for.
He added that Britain was in a “pretty hot spot” after two major resignations from Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
Asked about his views on Brexit just hours before he was due to arrive in Britain, Trump said “it's not for me to say. I'd like to see them be able to work it out so it could go quickly, whatever they work out.”
“The people voted to break it up, so I imagine that's what they'll do,” Trump told a news conference at the NATO summit in Brussels.
“But maybe they're taking a little bit of a different route, so I don't know if that's what they voted for.”
Published: 12/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Hopes dashed, England fans taste bitter defeat once again
Some England soccer fans sobbed while others looked to the future with confidence after their once improbable dreams of a first World Cup final in more than 50 years were dashed by Croatia.
“We blew our chances,” 17-year-old Josh Ogunde said after watching the 2-1 semi-final defeat with friends near Trafalgar Square in central London as the disappointed crowds streamed home.
“I just believe we can come back another time, and I hope before I die I see England win the World Cup,” Ogunde said.
Matt Reece, 25, who works in marketing, said England had far outperformed the low expectations of them when the tournament began.
But he lamented England's failure to take full advantage of what appeared an unusually easy route to the final, avoiding most of the heavyweight teams in Russia.
“They've been unbelievable the whole tournament but at the end of the day, it was our best chance ever and we haven’t taken it,” Re..
Trade and tea with the Queen as Trump visits Britain
U.S. President Donald Trump flies into Britain on Thursday for talks with the leader of the United States' closest ally in Europe, and tea with Queen Elizabeth, set against a backdrop of protests and what he described as the country's turmoil over Brexit.
Fresh from a NATO summit where Trump chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending, British Prime Minister Theresa May is hoping his trip will boost the close ties between their two nations and help forge a future free trade deal.
“There is no stronger alliance than that of our special relationship with the U.S. and there will be no alliance more important in the years ahead,” May said in a statement.
Trump's trip coincides with a tumultuous week for May after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
The president has already wad..
Setting out vision for future ties, May reveals Brexit plans
Theresa May will set out a blueprint on Thursday for what her government calls “a principled and practical Brexit”, putting at its core a plan for a free trade area for goods that has angered many in her party.
May is pressing on with her Brexit plan, shrugging off the resignations of two senior ministers and the anger of eurosceptic lawmakers in her Conservative Party who have accused her of betraying her pledge of a clean break with the EU.
Her government will publish a so-called white paper policy document on the future relationship, just over two years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union.
It will offer more detail on a position to try to move on with Brexit talks that have all but stalled. Britain is due to leave the EU next March, marking the biggest foreign and trading policy shift in almost half a century.
It will set out measures to ensure frictionless trade to protect “jobs and..
Too early to take positives for proud England boss Southgate
England coach Gareth Southgate said his team need to “suffer” their loss to Croatia in the World Cup semi-finals and understand the opportunity they passed up before pondering the positives from their remarkable campaign.
Southgate's team made a fine start to their quest to become the first England side to reach the final in 52 years but faded in the second half before going down 2-1 to the Croatians after extra time at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Given they arrived in Russia as rank outsiders, however, Southgate was invited to detail the positives from a campaign that appears to have repaired the strained relationship between England and its team.
“I think that's maybe something for a couple of days time, at the moment we all feel the pain of this defeat,” he told reporters.
“Did we expect to be in this position? I don't realistically think any of us did. But when you've got to this point and played..
Kylie Jenner to be youngest self-made billionaire
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire in the United States thanks to the booming cosmetics company she launched two years ago, Forbes magazine reported on Wednesday.
Jenner, 20, half-sister of Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, debuted Kylie Cosmetics in 2016 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner, and has since sold more than $630 million worth of makeup.
Forbes said it valued her company at nearly $800 million and that Jenner owns 100 percent of it.
Adding millions from TV programs, endorsements and after-tax dividends from her company, Forbes said Jenner was “conservatively” worth $900 million. Another year of growth would make her the youngest-self made billionaire ever, male or female, the magazine said.
Jenner first grabbed the spotlight as part of the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” reality TV show with her mother and siblings. Forbes estimated t..
Federer dumped out of Wimbledon by Anderson
Defending Wimbledon title holder Roger Federer was knocked out of this year's championships by South African Kevin Anderson in the quarter-finals.
The Swiss eight-times champion and top seed was beaten 2-6 6-7(5) 7-5 6-4 13-11 by eighth-seeded Anderson before a stunned crowd packed into a tension-filled No. 1 Court.
Published: 11/07/2018 by Radio NewsHub
Britain prepares for Trump visit
Britain geared up for the arrival of Donald Trump just hours after the U.S. president waded into the Brexit crisis gripping Prime Minister Theresa May's government.
He portrayed the closest U.S. ally in Europe as a country in turmoil.
Trump lands in Britain on Thursday following a NATO meeting in Brussels where he chided Germany and other European nations for failing to contribute enough to defence spending.
His trip coincides with a tumultuous week for the British prime minister after two senior ministers resigned in protest at her plans for trade with the European Union after Britain leaves next March.
May appears to have seen off an immediate challenge to her leadership from malcontents within her Conservative Party but Trump's comments ahead of the trip – that Britain was “in somewhat turmoil” and that it was up to the people if she stayed in power – fanned the sense of political crisis.
Trump also said he might speak to form..
Police speak to surviving Novichok victim
Police ssay they have spoken to the man poisoned with a nerve agent as detectives sought to discover how he and his partner were exposed to Novichok.
Charlie Rowley, 45, and Dawn Sturgess, 44, fell ill after being exposed to the poison in southwest England, close to where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were attacked with the same substance in March.
Sturgess, a mother of three, died on Sunday and her death is being treated as murder. However, the hospital treating Rowley said he was no longer in a critical condition and was now conscious.
“Officers from the investigation team have spoken briefly to Charlie and will be looking to further speak with him in the coming days as they continue to try and establish how he and Dawn came to be contaminated with the nerve agent,” London police said in a statement.
“Any contact officers have with Charlie will be done in close consultation with the hospital and his do..