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."
According to the government, 37,291 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 30,781,263 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 53 days.
Rising sea levels reclaimed the land by swallowing the two-storey house - built between the 1960s and 1970s - whole.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the attack and repeated the UN's "commitment to support the Government and people of Afghanistan in their efforts to achieve peace and stability".
Authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain as millions of residents in the city and several other areas will be placed under stay-at-home orders from Saturday afternoon for three days