Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at 2:51pm

Twitter: Beyond the hashtags

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It is one of the biggest players in the breaking news business – yet it does not have any reporters, editors, a printing press or a scheduled news broadcast.

Tech giant Twitter has emerged as main rival to leading newspaper websites despite its posts being limited to 140-characters.

Changing the way breaking news is reported, Twitter’s trending hashtags and tweets from a live location have played a huge role in spreading news of protests and government crackdowns.

Leaving traditional media in the dust, the micro-blogging platform has hired its own head of news and developed new software to increase on its 300 million active users.

The Listening Post’s Flo Phillips takes a look at Twitter and the significant inroads the company has made into the news media.

Source: Al Jazeera

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