- Cassandra Vera founded guilty of glorifying terrorism in her posts about 1973 killing of prime minister Luis Carrero BlancoA Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship.Spain’s top criminal court, the National Audience, found Cassandra Vera, 21, guilty of glorifying terrorism and humiliating victims of terrorism and handed her a one-year jail term. @Pablo_Iglesias_ y
- A theme park’s tweeted response to artist Scottee’s complaint about homophobic graffiti just made things worse. In the internet age, the customer is kingFor connoisseurs of power, PR and the politics of complaint, there was an exquisitely horrible moment on social media this week. The writer and artist Scottee saw some homophobic graffiti on a wall in the Southend theme park Adventure Island, and tweeted a photo and a polite request for it to be removed. Related: The past is another
- TV personality’s 14-year-old son Harvey, who is disabled, is a frequent target of online trollsKatie Price has launched a petition to make online abuse a specific criminal offence with a register of offenders.Please please please sign this petitions to make a difference and stop TROLL BULLYING https://t.co/fLHoG0omcq pic.twitter.com/7qwT21g4S2 Continue reading...
- Calls to cruelty hotline rose by nearly 5% in 2016, but charity says increase reflects more sharing of abuse footage on social mediaThe number of animal cruelty investigations by the RSPCA jumped by nearly 5% last year to more than 400 a day, according to figures released by the animal welfare charity.In its annual prosecutions report the RSPCA said it had investigated almost 150,000 cases in 2016. Calls to its 24-hour cruelty hotline rose by nearly 4%, averaging one every 27 seconds. Related: M
- • County official calls ECB tactics ‘gun to the head stuff’
• ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rightsColin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has triggered the process required for the creation of the new domestic Twenty20 tournament from 2020 onwards, describing it as a “watershed moment” for the sport.While there has been grumbling behind the scenes – one county official told the Guardian some of the tac
- • Essex chairman John Faragher says: ‘I am uncomfortable still’
• ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rightsColin Graves, the chairman of the England and Wales Cricket Board, has triggered the process required for the creation of the new domestic Twenty20 tournament from 2020 onwards, describing it as a “watershed moment” for the sport.While there has been grumbling behind the scenes – one county official told the Guardian some of the
- • ECB is confident of sparking a bidding war over broadcast rights
• Body considering social media streaming and MLB TV-style optionThe England and Wales Cricket Board is confident of sparking a bidding war over rights to its new Twenty20 tournament after holding talks with all the major terrestrial and subscription broadcasters, as well as social media platforms Twitter and Facebook.The new competition, which is slated to begin in 2020 and is set to feature eight regional teams based
- For $2,690, the Social Star Creator Camp says it will teach teenagers the digital skills they need to become social media ‘influencers’ – is it too good to be true?
If you are the parent of teenagers, here are three words that may make you shudder: social media camp.Rather than wean adolescents off Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, a 10-day course aims to deepen their immersion in online platforms to turn them into social media “influencers” and “star
- Charlotte Campbell was locked out of her account after posting video of her version of Castle on the HillThe singer Ed Sheeran has apologised to a London busker after she complained that she had been temporarily banned from Facebook for posting a video of herself singing one of his songs.Charlotte Campbell criticised Sheeran in a video, saying “he isn’t Ed Sheeran … he’s just a brand”. But the star blamed his record label, insisting that he had not reported her to
- There are many things the web giants could do to help combat terrorism, but weakening privacy protection is not one of themThe home secretary has made a hash – or what she would call “a hashtag” – of her efforts to appear to be doing something in the wake of last week’s Westminster terror attack. Amber Rudd’s demand that the big digital companies weaken the encryption they use on their messages is unrealistic and – if it ever became real – self-def
UK's Rudd to Meet Social-Media Companies on Fighting Terrorism
U.K. Home Secretary Amber Rudd will meet social-media companies Thursday to ask for help in combating terrorism after calling on Facebook Inc. to open the encryption of its WhatsApp messaging system to security services. “We believe there is more the ...
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- Social media storm prompted by tweets from prominent gun safety advocate pulls in celebrities as airline attempts to explain dress policy for ‘pass riders’United Airlines on Sunday defended a gate agent’s decision to bar two young girls from a flight because they were wearing leggings, a decision that drew a wave of high-profile criticism and customer threats to end business with the airline.The incident took place at Denver International Airport and was reported by Shannon Wat
Encrypted social media 'secret place for terrorists' to communicate, UK minister says
British interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday end-to-end encryption of messages offered by services like Whatsapp are "completely unacceptable" and there should be no "secret place for terrorists to communicate." Khalid Masood - london police.en meer »
- How often you change your photo says a lot about your personalityAre your Facebook and Twitter profile pictures giving away more than you think? To find out, answer the two questions below:1. How often do you change your profile picture on Facebook? (a) Once a year or less, (b) several times a year, or (c) at least once a month? Continue reading...
- Germany challenges Facebook on personal data, Google agrees to police its ads: are these landmark events?The internet celebrated its 28th birthday a fortnight ago. It’s an invention that ranks alongside the wheel, immunisation against disease and the internal combustion engine as a transformer of human existence. As an open information digital connector, it is an extraordinary force for individual liberation, embodying the very best of Enlightenment values: more information is available to
- Grindr’s “gaymoji” (Pass notes, G2, 22 March) serve as an unfortunate reminder of the widespread conflation of being gay and being promiscuous – one that causes thousands of gay people, particularly men, across the world to believe that their homosexuality forces them to constantly have sex with strangers. Grindr is free to create all the sexual emojis it wishes, but it is colluding in a societal deception that prevents gay people from forming real relationships; that mak
- Social media companies such as Facebook and Google ‘can and must do more’ to remove radical material – PM’s spokesmanDowning Street has called for social media companies to do more to expunge extremist material from the internet.The prime minister’s spokesman said firms such as Facebook and Google “can and must do more” to remove inflammatory material from the web and that it was up to them to respond to public concern.Continue reading...
- After Donald Trump was elected, I removed people on Facebook and Twitter to avoid upsetting myself. Am I part of the problem?Q: On Facebook and Twitter I unfriend or unfollow people I don’t agree with to avoid upsetting myself. Is this wrong and am I part of the problem that ended with Trump?A: After the disaster of the US election, the answer to this question is supposed to be yes – yes, you must follow people you don’t agree with; yes, you are part of the problem unless you t
- Social media distortion after Westminster attack | UK News | Al Jazeera
During the course of Wednesday's attack in Westminster, several screenshots of Al Jazeera's live coverage on Facebook were circulated on Twitter, Reddit and ...en meer »
The UK government could formulate legislation over extremist adverts on social media sites - NewsQuenchThe UK government could formulate legislation over extremist adverts on social media sites
It has been revealed that Google's apology over placing advertising next to extremist material came only after the tech giant was 'read the riot act' at a White Hall summit on Friday. By James Carlin | 6 hours ago. It has been revealed that Google's ...
- Facebook turned on Safety Check during the Westminster attack. In telling friends you are ‘not marked as safe’, is it providing another avenue for fear?This morning, after reading the latest news updates about the terror attack on Westminster, I fired up Facebook. There I was met with an atypical request: a friend who lives an eight-hour flight away in Canada had asked me to mark myself “safe”.Clicking on the notification took me to Facebook’s Safety Check page, whi
- The story of Danielle Bregoli – who became an overnight sensation after a memorable TV appearance – shows just how easily society sexualizes girls
Danielle Bregoli, the “cash me ousside girl,” appeared on Instagram Live on Sunday, mugging for her iPhone camera. She pursed her lips and flicked her tongue, gazing steadily at her viewers, who encouraged her to “twerk,” “show tits,” and “blow me, girl.” “Cleavage,” someone comme
- Our new survey reveals half of UK charities don’t have a digital strategy and fear losing out on fundraising income if training and funding aren’t improvedThe government has signalled its intention for the UK to lead on technology: its digital strategy, published earlier this month, commits to training millions of people. Yet little has been done to map the current state of digital skills in charities. Earlier this year we surveyed the sector for our charity digital skills report on
Messages of support, resilience flood social media in wake of UK Parliament attack
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- UK: Suing Social Media – The Facebook Ireland Cases
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Two recent Northern Irish cases have provided useful guidance on the ability to claim compensation from social media companies following the publication of content by other users. The two cases, J20 v Facebook Ireland Limited and CG v Facebook Ireland ...
- Police investigating alleged attack, which came to light when teenager’s mother approached police with screengrab photosA 15-year-old girl in Chicago was apparently sexually assaulted by five or six men or boys on Facebook Live, and none of the roughly 40 people who watched the live video reported the attack to police, authorities have said.It is the second time in recent months that the Chicago police department has investigated an apparent attack streamed live on Facebook. In January, fo
- Feature – which flags content as ‘disputed’ – trialled on story that falsely claimed thousands of Irish people were brought to the US as slavesFacebook has started rolling out its third-party fact-checking tool in the fight against fake news, alerting users to “disputed content”.The site announced in December it would be partnering with independent fact-checkers to crack down on the spread of misinformation on its platform. Related: Teach schoolchildren how to
- Government ‘read the Riot Act’ to the firm, which is ‘still not keeping promise’ to tackle far-right videos on YouTubeGoogle’s public apology over placing advertising next to extremist material only came after it was “read the Riot Act” at a Whitehall summit last Friday, it has emerged.
Google bosses are expected to meet Cabinet Office ministers again later this week, setting out further action to strengthen their advertising policies and ensure governme
- Government ‘read the riot act’ to the firm, which must do more to tackle far-right videos on YouTubeGoogle’s public apology over placing advertising next to extremist material came only after it was “read the riot act” at a Whitehall summit last Friday, it has emerged.
The company’s bosses are expected to meet Cabinet Office ministers again this week, setting out further action to strengthen their advertising policies and ensure government ads do not appear ne
- Far-Right Social Media Juggernaut Aims To Break Up UK 03/21/2017
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- Tegan and Sara are among protesters who complained about having had YouTube videos classified as restricted, seemingly for being LGBTQ-themedYouTube has altered its classifications of some LGBTQ-themed videos, following protests from users, including the musicians Tegan and Sara. The site had been criticised for having non-explicit videos featuring LGBTQ themes classed as restricted, which filters out “potentially inappropriate” content.Tegan and Sara, who are both openly gay, were a
- Jim Dowson, whose Patriotic News Agency spread anti-Clinton and pro-Trump propaganda during the US elections, says: ‘England is finished’
A far-right millionaire with Ulster loyalist connections plans to use his international social media network, which backed Donald Trump, to support Scottish independence. Jim Dowson, a former financial backer of the British National party and former member of Britain First, confirmed on Monday that he will be deploying his “Patriotic News Age
- New South Wales police say there is a serious strategy behind attracting likes and shares to their Facebook page with light-hearted content If you’re among the 732,300-odd people who like the New South Wales police force on Facebook, the proliferation of puns about Adele might have tipped you off – or the invitation to “tag a mate who loves pineappleon their pizza ”.Since the start of the year, the force in Australia’s largest state has freshened up its social media
- Any idiot could do this dance move. Most already have. That’s why it’s best left to the kidsI am a simple man of simple tastes. I don’t want much from life. I’d like to remain healthy. I’d like to be happy. But, more than anything, I’d give everything I’ve got to never see another politician dab again as long as I live.“But, Stu,” some of you will be asking, what is dabbing, exactly?” The fact that you even asked this means that you are
- What does the bombardment of food imagery do to our brains and bodies? The ‘gastrophysicist’ who has worked with Heston Blumenthal explains all in an extract from his new bookYour brain is your body’s most blood-thirsty organ, using around 25% of total blood flow (or energy) – despite the fact that it accounts for only 2% of body mass. Given that our brains have evolved to find food, it should perhaps come as little surprise to discover that some of the largest increases
- Germany’s proposal to fine social media companies for failing to remove illegal content is a significant moment in democracy’s battle with digital giantsThe German government has published a draft law that will impose huge fines (up to €50m) on social networks that fail promptly to remove hate speech, fake news and other undesirable content from their platforms. Social media companies will be required to explain rules and complaint procedures clearly to users and follo
- Advertising is falling. Paywalls push readers away. But a big endowment from the tech moguls, to be shared among all papers, could work in everyone’s interestsOne basic truth is stark enough as newsrooms around Britain – and around the world – contract or close. The advertising money that used to underpin journalism isn’t there any longer. It is going, going, gone … into the maw of the internet in general, but Facebook and Google in particular. And without that rev
- More than 100 people have been killed taking selfies since 2014. What does this say about the power of a picture?Like those high-pitched alarms only teenagers can hear, the song of the selfie siren doesn’t work on everyone. But for those it does, those whose ears are tuned to their suicidal frequency and whose camera has never faced outwards, be warned. People are dying.In 2015, there were more deaths due to selfies than shark attacks Continue reading...
- Thinktank’s education lead raises concerns over social media ‘echo chamber’ and says ability to discern fact from fiction is vitalChildren should be taught in schools how to spot fake news, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s education lead has said.Andreas Schleicher said the ability to distinguish fact from fiction was essential in the modern age and teachers were well placed to provide guidance.Related: What is fake news? How to spot it and wha
- Social media companies could face regulation as Google advertisers pull out in protest over extremist content Politicians and advertisers have warned Google that it must overhaul advertising practices or risk being hit by regulation and advertiser boycotts.A major global marketing company became the first to pull all its advertising spending with Google after the news that adverts for a range of organisations had been inadvertently placed next to extremist material. MPs meanwhile threatened that
- Companies approached in effort to locate Pakistanis at home or abroad so they can be prosecuted or potentially extradited Pakistan has asked Facebook and Twitter to help identify Pakistanis suspected of blasphemy so it can prosecute them or pursue their extradition.Under the country’s strict blasphemy laws, anyone found to have insulted Islam or the prophet Muhammad can be sentenced to death. Continue reading...
- ‘Read receipts’ are emblematic of all that’s wrong with communication in the digital age – but there are ways you can navigate the minefieldAh, the tyranny of read receipts – enough to put you off digital communication for good.When their read receipts are off, but you know they're always on their phone pic.twitter.com/ey2oXaSCqU Related: I've been sent an unsolicited photo of a penis. How do I respond? 'Seen 8.43pm.' (via @WASHINGTONx) pic.twitter.com/xSGJeiQEXlPeo
- Police reviewing processes and governance of social media for investigative and operational reasonsVictoria police are reviewing their use of social media after a staff member was accused of using hundreds of fake accounts to manage the force’s Facebook presence.Kieran Bennett, a Melbourne activist, accused a Victoria police employee of setting up “at least 300” fake accounts to manage the force’s sprawling Facebook presence in a blog post published on Tuesday. Related: P
- People who signed up for Russian Embassy news and information were asked to permit automatic retweets to share positive news
Some Twitter users are voluntarily handing control of their accounts to the UK’s Russian Embassy, which uses them to retweet the “most important” tweets of the Russian ambassador on a weekly basis.The programme, described by the embassy as the “Russian diplomatic online club”, is sold to its members as “a way for everybody interested in
- There’s no easy fix of course, but it would help if internet companies faced up to their responsibilities as publishers, and tried the human approachIn preparation for an article I am writing, I spent much of the other day researching neo-Nazi music. I explored the music of skinhead bands such as Skrewdriver and Bound for Glory, national socialist black metal groups such as Graveland, and some of the more bizarre manifestations of white power music (German neo-Nazi hip-hop is apparently a
- Global internet companies have become a sophisticated and target-driven industry. Sir Tim Berners-Lee is right to warn about their power but not entirely right about what to do about themSir Tim Berners-Lee has warned that the world wide web, which he invented 28 years ago, has become an instrument of purposes he finds both sinister and corrupting, and in a letter released to mark the anniversary he warns that it is being turned against its users in three ways. They – we – have lost
- American academic whose live BBC interview was interrupted by his children has talked about becoming an internet sensationAn American academic who became an internet sensation late last week, after his live Skype interview was gatecrashed by his children, has broken his silence to speak about his “minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars”.Prof Robert Kelly was discussing the impeachment of South Korea’s president on BBC World News when his two children barged into
- From the Czech Republic to Taiwan, public bodies are combining technology and human expertise to tackle fake newsFake news has been accused of influencing election results and giving rise to populist movements. Is there anything governments - and citizens - can do to fight back?Some interesting responses to the fake news phenomenon are now in place around the world. The Czech government’s interior ministry, for instance, has opened a Centre Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats in a bid to
- After winning case against the MailOnline columnist, food writer says she would like to invite her round for dinnerIt took 21 months of what she describes as “long, grim, exhausting” legal proceedings, but days after winning her libel case against Katie Hopkins, Jack Monroe has said she would like to invite the controversial columnist round for dinner.In an interview with the Guardian, the food blogger and activist said she bore “no ill will” towards Hopkins. “Altho
- Robert Kelly talks about the BBC interview that became an internet hit after his children ran into his office as he offered his analysis of the impeachment of South Korea’s president. Kelly, an associate professor at Pusan National University, tells the BBC: ‘I was just hoping you guys might cut it on your end. I was maintaining a straight face, trying to get through it.’ This time his family are with him from the start of the interview• Robert Kelly: my minor mistake turn
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