This photograph shows the logo of Twitter displayed on the screen of a smartphone and a tablet in Toulouse, southern France. AFP
Fifteen years ago Jack Dorsey typed out a banal message — "just setting up my twttr" — which became the first ever Tweet, launching a global platform that has become a controversial and dominant force in civil society.
The short Tweet on March 21, 2006 by the Twitter CEO is now being sold at auction, with bidding reaching $2.5 million.
It has been a long, strange journey for the social network, which in January deleted former president Donald Trump's account after he was blamed for inciting the violent insurrection on the US Capitol in January by extremist supporters seeking to overturn his election loss.
The banning of a head of state from the platform was both welcomed and denounced in a sign of the thin line Twitter and other social media networks often try to walk between neutrality, freedom of expression, and moderation and prevention of abuse.
Bidding on Dorsey's Tweet ends later Sunday. He has said he will donate the funds to charity.
Dorsey's Tweet will be sold as an NFT, or a non-fungible token.
NFTs use the same blockchain technology behind cryptocurrencies to turn anything from art to sports trading cards into virtual collector's items that cannot be duplicated.
Twitter has been involved in a tense battle with the Indian government, which has often asked it to restrict content alleging Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s administration is trying to silence criticism, including of its handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Selena Gomez told the leaders of Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube that they’ve allowed "people with hate in their hearts” to thrive and therefore "failed all the American people.”
"I am shadow banned cos chacha @jack and his promoters of free speech @Twitter team is scared of me, they can't suspend me but they can't even let me keep exposing them every day, I am not here to catch followers or promote myself I am here for the nation and that hurts them."
The rare fish is thin and has sharp-toothed and beak-like jaw and a pointed body that ends with a thin tail base and a crescent-shaped tail. It is also one of the fastest fish in the world.
The Duke of Cambridge Prince William received, on Sunday Egyptian star Mohamed Salah, a professional in Liverpool, on the sidelines of the Earthshot Award ceremony for the first time, according to British media.
To the Taliban authorities...reverse the de facto ban on girls' education and re-open girls' secondary schools immediately," Yousafzai and a number of Afghan women's rights activists said in an open letter published on Sunday.