#AceNewsReport – Sept.10: The company gives several examples of “good bots” including accounts that share vaccination updates, information about seismic activity or material from public museums.
#AceSocialDesk says that Twitter is to label ‘good’ bot accounts and said the update was based on research that found that people wanted more context about non-human accounts…
A study by Carnegie Mellon University last year found that nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic were likely automated accounts.
The move will not be mandatory.
The company will continue to remove inauthentic accounts it deems to break the company’s platform rules.
Example of Twitter’s new label
Bots are often associated with misinformation on social media platforms – and have caused a major headache for the company.
Twitter has removed tens of millions of suspected bot accounts in recent years.
Yet some automated accounts are seen by Twitter as having a positive impact on the platform.
One account Twitter highlighted as a “good bot” live tweets every time there is an earthquake in San Francisco.
Another tweets public domain works from the Drawings & Prints department at New York’s Metropolitan Museum.
Twitter had previewed the system in May, in an attempt to give people more information to differentiate automated from human-run accounts.
The company believes the labels will increase the legitimacy of such accounts and build trust and transparency with their audiences.
Twitter said they were launching it to a small number of developer accounts, and was planning to roll it out all developers by the end of the year.
However it’s not clear how many automated accounts will take up the offer, or whether the owners of many of these accounts would want to advertise that they are not run by humans.
#AceNewsReport – Aug.13: The hacker then posted messages pledging to return funds, claiming to be “not very interested in money”.On Wednesday, Poly Network said it had received $260m back…
#AceDailyNews says that a Cryptocurrency heist hacker returns $260m in funds on Tuesday, the firm affected, Poly Network wrote a letter on Twitter, asking the individual to get in touch “to work out a solution”.
By Mary-Ann Russon Business reporter, BBC News
The company, a blockchain platform which lets users swap different types of digital tokens, posted on Twitter that it had been sent back three cryptocurrencies, including $3.3m worth of Ethereum, $256m worth of Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and $1m worth of Polygon.
A total of $269m in Ethereum tokens and $84m in Polygon tokens has yet to be recovered.
A blockchain is a ledger, or log, of every single transaction made of a cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin.
The ledger is distributed to all the users in the network to verify all new transactions when they occur, instead of being held by any one single authority.
The hacker published a three-page-long Q&A session on one of the blockchains essentially in the form of a self-interview, according to Tom Robinson, co-founder of Elliptic, a London-based blockchain analytics and compliance firm.
The hacker claimed to have always planned to return the tokens and said the heist was carried out to highlight vulnerabilities in Poly Network software.
“I know it hurts when people are attacked, but shouldn’t they learn something from those hacks?” the hacker wrote in the notes embedded on the Ethereum blockchain.
Getty ImagesThe technology underpining all crypto-currencies is blockchain – a distributed log of every single transaction made of a digital currency, that is sent to all users on the network
The hacker claimed to have spent all night looking for a vulnerability to exploit. They said they were worried that Poly Network would patch the security flaw quietly without telling anyone, so they decided to take millions of dollars in cryptocurrency tokens to make a point.
But they stressed that they did not want to cause a “real panic [in] the crypto-world”, so they only took “important coins”, leaving behind Dogecoin, the cryptocurrency that started off as a joke.
“Either they just intended to commit theft and steal the assets, or they were acting like a white hat hacker to expose a bug, to help Poly Network make themselves more strong and secure,” Mr Robinson, who routinely advises governments and law enforcement agencies about crypto-related crimes, told the BBC.
He added that the nature of blockchain technology makes it hard for cyber-criminals to profit from stealing digital currencies, because everyone can see the money being moved across the network into the hackers’ wallets.
“I wonder whether this hacker stole the funds, realised how much publicity and attention they were getting, realised wherever they moved the funds they would be watched, and decided to give it back,” said Mr Robinson.
“The blockchain itself has operated here flawlessly, but the problem is on blockchains like Ethereum, you can write your own smart contracts. Various services have started offering this, including Poly Network.
“So whenever a human being writes code, there’s a chance they will make a mistake.”
How it works
Getty ImagesDespite the volatility in prices and frequent news of crypto-currency heists, more and more young people are buying and selling crypto-currencies online
Poly Network’s platform works by facilitating movement between several blockchains when people trade one cryptocurrency for another, such as trading BSC for Ethereum.
“The Poly Network is the thing that facilitates the movement between these chains – ultimately, it’s software, it’s code, and code always has imperfections and defects in it,” James Chappell, co-founder of London-based cyber-security firm Digital Shadows, told the BBC.
“And that’s true of banks, or any financial system. Unfortunately, what seems to have happened here is a party has spotted a weakness in the implementation and exploited it to fool the network into transferring these tokens incorrectly.”
Similar attacks have happened to several other services in the last 12 months. These include:
Yearn Finance, which had $11m stolen by hackers in February;
Alpha Finance, which had $37m stolen in the same month;
and Meerkat Finance, which was drained of $32m by hackers in March.
After a rollercoaster 24 hours for the crypto community, it seems the hacker intends to return all or most of the stolen money. As the criminal posted online: “The pain suffered is temporary, but memorable.”The claim that it was all an elaborate way to force Poly Network to fix security failings is being treated with scepticism.
Why the taunting and boasting online if the motive was honourable? There’s some suggestion that the net may have been closing in, as one cyber-security company says it was close to working out the identity of a suspect. It might have been the case that the hacker bit off way more than they could chew and got scared, so returned the money.
Regardless, the authorities will still no doubt be working hard to find them.But what this story mostly points to is just how powerful hackers can be and how powerless the unregulated, decentralised cryptocurrency world is when someone swipes a large fortune from under its nose.
#AceWeatherReport – July.24: The Met Office issued a yellow warning for Saturday – with heavy rain likely to cause some disruption across the southern half of England and Wales…
#AceWeatherDesk says the Met Office ‘Storm Warning’ for storm England & Wales for campsites and caravans who as Holidaymakers travelling this weekend have been warned to expect flooding, thunderstorms and 55mph gusts of wind.
⚠️ Yellow weather warning updated ⚠️ Thunderstorms across southern parts of England and Wales Sunday 0500 – 2359 Latest info 👉 https://t.co/QwDLMfRBfs Stay #WeatherAware⚠️ https://t.co/qx3FYbhxSa http://twitter.com/metoffice/status/1418890443149004802 July 24, 2021 at 12:06PM
Thunderstorms were forecast to move into southern England overnight, reaching south Wales and the Midlands early on Saturday.
Frequent lightning and the possibility of large hailstones falling as well as torrential rainfall were likely, the Met Office said.
Firefighters were called to a house in Andover, in Hampshire, on Friday night after it was struck by lightning and its roof was partially destroyed.
Forecasters warned of a chance of flooding and power cuts – with up to 35mm of rain predicted to fall within in an hour in southern counties of England, and further slow-moving thunderstorms forecast to develop on Saturday afternoon.
Getty ImagesLatitude Festival-goers in Suffolk could be at risk from thunderstorms and heavy rain on Sunday
Further heavy showers and thunderstorms are expected on Sunday across southern and eastern England, with the yellow warning stretching into East Anglia, possibly affecting Latitude Festival in Suffolk.
Up to 80 or 100mm of rainfall could build up in some locations over the course of the day, the Met Office says.
Lightning destroys roofs as storms end heatwave in southern England and Wales
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue ServiceTwo houses in Andover were hit by lightning on Saturday morning
Lightning has damaged homes in Hampshire and severe weather warnings are in place as the heatwave gives way to thunderstorms and torrential rain.
A 70-year-old woman escaped unharmed after two houses in Andover were partially destroyed in the early hours.
The Met Office issued a yellow alert for storms, and warned of flooding, hail and 55mph gusts of wind in southern England and Wales.
It comes after days of extreme heat – and as many set off on summer holidays.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service tweeted a picture of two semi-detached houses struck by lightning in Andover’s Mercia Avenue. The woman was assessed by paramedics but did not require hospital treatment.
A spokesman said the roof was severely damaged.
Neighbour Barrie Austen said the roof was “completely ablaze”. “The side that supports the roof, that collapsed as well and then the flames spread into next door,” he told the PA news agency.
#AceNewsReport – June.14: Mohsen Rezaei, a conservative candidate for the Iranian Presidency, said in a recent interview that his plan to boost the country’s ailing economy was to kidnap 1,000 Americans and demand several million dollars in ransom per hostage:
Iranian presidential candidate: Fix economy by taking 1,000 Americans hostage,” by Dan Verbin, Arutz Sheva, June 11, 2021: Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad posted a video of Rezaei’s statement to Twitter.
“This is surreal. Mohsen Rezaei candidate for Iran presidential elections said he’d take 1000 more American hostages to boost iran’s economy. For every hostage he’d ask several (million dollars) as a solution to Iran’s failing economy,” she tweeted along with the hashtags #IraniansBoycottElections and #NotVotingForIR.
In the video, an anchor said in Farsi, “So he’d take hostages to extort money.”
The video cuts to a clip Rezaei who said, “We’ll take 1,000 Americans hostage. America will have to pay several billions to get every single one freed.”
“This is how we can solve our economic problems,” he added.
Rezaei was described by Saeid Jafari writing for the Atlantic Council as a “perpetual candidate” for the presidency.
He first ran for president in 2005. He also ran in 2009 and 2013.
Reza [sic] was the Iranian Republican Guard Corps commander-in-chief for 17 years….
#AceNewsReport – June.05: By Saturday morning, BBC reporters in Lagos and Abuja said they were unable to connect to Twitter through two of the countries largest phone networks: MTN and Airtel. Others have also been affected:
Twitter Nigeria: Users struggle to access site after government suspension after and the ban was due to “the persistent use of the platform for activities… capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence”, a statement said after Twitter deletes Nigerian leader’s ‘civil war’ post
It is still accessible on some wi-fi networks.
This comes after the government said it was suspending Twitter operations in the country “indefinitely”.
Twitter said Friday’s announcement from Information Minister Lai Mohammed was “deeply concerning”.
Access was still possible through some wi-fi providers, but this is not a common way to connect to the internet in Nigeria.
Search terms such as “VPN” were popular overnight, according to the search tracking site Trendsmap.
A VPN – or Virtual Private Network – connection makes it appear as if the user is accessing the internet from another country, and has been a way to get round similar bans in other countries.
Removal of Buhari tweet
The move by the government came just days after a tweet by President Muhammadu Buhari was removed for breaching the site’s rules, though no mention of this was made in its statement.
Mr Mohammed has previously criticised the US social media giant’s decision to take it down, calling it “double standards”.
The tweet sent by Mr Buhari on 1 June referred to the 1967-70 Nigerian Civil War and to treating “those misbehaving today” in “the language they will understand”.
A Twitter spokesperson said at the time that the post “was in violation of the Twitter Rules”.
And in a statement on Friday, the company – which in April announced its new African headquarters would be based in neighbouring Ghana – said it was “investigating and will provide updates when we know more” about the Nigerian ban.
The government gave no details on how the ban would work in practice, or any explanation of how Twitter had undermined Nigeria’s corporate existence.
Call for reversal
Its statement, which was released on Twitter, also revealed that the national broadcasting regulator, NBC, has been told to start “the process of licensing all OTT [internet streaming services] and social media operations in Nigeria”.
Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International Nigeria, condemned the announcement.
“This action is clearly inconsistent and incompatible with Nigeria’s international obligations. We are calling on the Nigerian authorities to immediately reverse the unlawful suspension and other plans to gag the media, repress civic space, and undermine Nigerians’ human rights.”
A long time coming
Analysis by Nduka Orjinmo, BBC News, Abuja
The Nigerian government has toyed with the idea of regulating social media in the country, and this administration has been obsessed with the idea since it came into office in 2015. Deleting the president’s tweet, however, was seen as the final straw.
But it was the role Twitter played in the #EndSars anti-police brutality protests which shook Nigeria last year that truly sealed its fate.Kiki, a student from Lagos, Nigeria can’t wait for 2020 to be over
The demonstrations were mostly organised on the platform and the company’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, made donations to one of the leading groups of organisers. A special emoji was also created for the protests.
Twitter helped give Nigeria’s many youths a voice. But in the eyes of the government, the company’s role in galvanising the country’s young population was a line crossed.
Yet the government appears not to have reckoned with the ingenuity of #EndSars protesters. People are already downloading VPNs to bypass the block when it happens.
#AceNewsReport – May.05: Included in these records were emails from Iowa state officials to representatives of Big Tech pressuring these companies to remove Judicial Watch’s posts:
(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch announced today that it received 624 pages of records from the office of the Secretary of State of Iowa, revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter and Facebook) to censor posts about the 2020 election: Records Show Iowa State Officials Coordinated with Big Tech to Censor Election Posts & the records show communications between the Secretary of State’s office and representatives of Facebook and Twitter to Target Judicial Watch Posts.
Judicial Watch received the records as a result of a June 2020 Iowa Open Records lawsuit that was filed after the Iowa Secretary of State failed to comply with a February 2020 request for records and communications about a Judicial Watch report regarding the accuracy of the state’s voter registration rolls (Judicial Watch v. Iowa Secretary of State(No. 05771 EQCE085973)). Judicial Watch was represented by Iowa lawyer Alan R. Ostergren of Des Moines, Iowa.
The records show that officials in the Iowa Secretary of State office on multiple occasions contacted officials from Facebook and Twitter to try to have these companies remove Judicial Watch posts that raised concernsabout Iowa’s failure to maintain accurate election rolls.
On February 3, 2020, at 5:19 p.m., Kevin Hall, the communications director for the Iowa Secretary of State, wrote in a February 3, 2020, email to Facebook official Rachel Holland:
Circling back with an update regarding the content posted by Judicial Watch. Our third-party fact checkers have rated this content false, and we have applied a filter over the content warning users before they click to see it that the content has been rated false by independent fact checkers.
Please continue to report violating content to us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, and copying me (RachelHolland@fb.com), as I will be on an airplane for the next couple hours. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns regarding this or any other matters.
A couple of hours later, Hall followed up, “Thank you! They have new posts up, doubling down on the false claims.”
And Holland responded, “Thanks for flagging- we’ve got a full team with eyes on this now and are applying the false filter to similar articles as well. I’ll send you an additional update shortly!”
That same day, Hall and Maria Benson, the director of communications at the National Association of Secretaries of State, both tried to convince Twitter to censor Judicial Watch’s posts but were ultimately unsuccessful.
Hall filed a report with Twitter, and Benson escalated it by looping in Kevin Kane from Twitter. On February 3, 2020, Benson wrote, “Iowa Secretary of State has reported the below election misinformation, but Twitter has declined to take it down. As you can see from facts the tweets are clearly wrong. I wanted to bring this to your attention to hopefully remedy the situation. I’ve cc’d Kevin Hall, their Communicators Director.”
Kane responded rejecting the request saying, “Thanks Maria – This was reviewed by our team and is not in violation of our election integrity policy as it does not suppress voter turnout or mislead people about when. where. or how to vote. I understand this is not the outcome you are seeking and appreciate you continuing to report Tweets to our team.”
In an email the next day, Hall wrote to Kane saying, “Facebook, thankfully, was helpful. I would suggest perhaps reviewing your policies at Twitter and putting them more in line with what Facebook is doing to counter election misinformation.”
After being rejected by Twitter, Benson emailed Brian Scully, an official at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, writing on February 3, 2020:
Can you report this as well? Hannity is now retweeting and Twitter isn’t playing ball with us. I’ve cc’d Kevin Hall who you met Saturday. He’s IA SOS’s Communications Director. He’s been reporting and playing wack a mole by trying to reply to misleading tweets.
Scully responded promising to contact Twitter. “Sorry … been out of pocket a bit. Will reach out to Twitter. Let me know if you get something.”
“These records are yet another example of state officials conspiring with Big Tech to deny Americans their First Amendment rights,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These records further show that Big Tech censorship is a government scandal: Iowa government officials worked with Facebook to remove posts they didn’t like, and Facebook bowed to this political pressure immediately. It should be disturbing to all Americans that government officials are working to censor speech they disagree with and that these behemoth companies often seem willing to roll over and censor free speech.”
Judicial Watch last week released records from the office of the Secretary of State of California revealing how state officials pressured social media companies (Twitter, Facebook, Google (YouTube)) to censor posts about the 2020 election. Included in these records were “misinformation briefings” emails that were compiled by communications firm SKDK, that lists Biden for President as their top client of 2020. The records show how the state agency successfully pressured YouTube to censor a Judicial Watch video concerning the vote by mail and a Judicial Watch lawsuit settlement about California voter roll clean up.
#AceNewsReport – Apr.05: To find the Twitter entity guilty of an administrative offense and to impose an administrative fine of 2.4 million rubles [over $31,000] as a penalty,” the justice of the peace said.
“Twitter fined 2.4-million rubles ($31,000) by justice of the peace on Friday for failure to remove minors in unsanctioned protests”
Earlier on Friday, the court found Twitter guilty of committing two similar administrative offenses on January 23 and January 24 and imposed fines of 3.2 million and 3.3 million rubles, respectively. Hence, the overall amount of fines imposed on Twitter by the court over failure to remove prohibited content has reached 8.9 million rubles (over $116,000).
The ruling says that the fines must be paid within 60 days of the date of the ruling’s entry into force. Hence, Twitter must pay the fines by mid-June unless the rulings are challenged.
Popular online platforms visited by hundreds of thousands of Russians each day bear great social responsibility, the press service for Russian telecoms regulator Roskomnadzor said, commenting on the rulings. “Not restricting access to unlawful information endangers the lives and health of users, especially children and adolescents,” it said.
“Care for user safety, the prompt removal of prohibited content, timely moderation of calls for socially dangerous and unlawful actions must, in the opinion of Roskomnadzor, be of the highest priority for the administrations of every Internet platform,” the press service said.
The court postponed until May 4 hearing three similar protocols regarding Facebook and Google LLC, in order to allow them to review their case files.
#AceNewsReport – Mar.24: In his post on Twitter the 68-year-old wrote about why he wants federal district Washington DC to become a state and noted that Puerto Rico and Cuba too should be part of the United States:
‘Are You on Drugs?’: US Political Analyst Causes Twitterstorm After Saying US Should Annex Cuba: ‘A US political analyst Bill Kristol has set social media ablaze after he suggested that the United States annex Cuba’
One reason I’m for DC statehood: The growth in size of the republic–and our distinctive manner of growth, admitting states with equal status–has always been a sign of our vigor. 60 years at 50 states is enough. Time for DC, Puerto Rico, Cuba (as soon as it’s free), 1 or 2 more?— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) March 22, 2021
His remark about annexation of Cuba caused a torrent of comments with users criticising the analyst for what they described as an “idiotic” idea.
America is already over, but this would do a nice job of speeding it up.— CharlesK (@CSax23) March 23, 2021
Despite the overall criticism Kristol’s post received 26,000 likes and some users even backed the analyst’s proposal.
Then let’s get it done!— Rogue Karma 🇺🇸 (@KarmicEraser) March 23, 2021
Maybe you could get Mexico too.— Jo Anne (@JoAuntdodo789) March 23, 2021
This is not the first time that Kristol has said something which has caused astonishment: he was a strong advocate for the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and argued for an increase in the number of US troops in the country when the situation began to deteriorate. He supported the 2006 Lebanon War, claiming it was the US “war too”.
The United States won Cuba, Puerto Rico and other territories from Spain after a brief war in 1898. Cuba gained independence from the US in 1902 but the authorities then in power were regarded as client states of Washington. Under Cuba’s first constitution, the United States retained the right to intervene in Cuban affairs to supervise economy and foreign relations. Relations between the two states drastically deteriorated after the Cuban revolution, when Fidel Castro came to power.
Puerto Rico is unincorporated territory of the United States. Since 1917 all residents born on the island have become US citizens. However, Puerto Ricans are not allowed to vote in US presidential elections or elect their own senators and representatives to the US congress. In November 2020 the island held a statehood referendum during which 52 percent of voters voiced to be admitted into the Union as a state. The referendum was non-binding.
#AceNewsReport – March 10. /TASS/. “ Starting today, Roskomnadzor (Russian media watchdog – TASS) has taken measures of a centralized response, namely, decelerated the service’s loading speed. The slowdown will cover 100% of mobile traffic and 50% of fixed traffic,” he said:
Restrictions on Twitter to apply only to transfer of photos and videos: ‘According to the watchdog’s deputy head, users will be able to exchange messages smoothly’ full update here: But on Thursday they were still not removed
“It involves slowing down the transmission of photo and video content, without limiting transmission of text messages. Thus, users will be able to smoothly exchange messages,” he added.
Subbotin stressed that, when choosing an enforcement measure for Twitter, the federal agency proceeded from the goal that inconvenience for users of the social network should be minimal.
According to the official, restrictions on Twitter will remain in effect until all prohibited information is removed.
“Roskomnadzor’s actions are aimed at forcing Twitter to comply with Russian legislation in order to protect users, including children, from prohibited content posted on the Twitter platform – until it is completely removed,” Subbotin said.
He also stressed that the watchdog has every reason to completely block Twitter, but hopes for a constructive position of the company: The official recalled that his agency had repeatedly warned the company about the need to comply with the legislation of the Russian Federation, but the company ignored the requirements: Earlier the regulator specified that as of March 10, the social network had not removed 3,168 pieces of content containing proscribed information:
“This includes incitements to commit suicide on March 3 of this year: As you know, on that day there were attempts among minors to commit suicide, which, fortunately, were prevented in a timely manner,” Subbotin stressed: Calls to remove this information were also ignored, he added: Twitter has not deleted information about the use and making of narcotic substances, psychotropic substances and precursors. There are tweets containing direct links to online drug stores.
“Almost no other social network allows itself to ignore the requirement to remove pieces of content of these categories: At the moment, Twitter does not respond to the demands of the Russian authorities regarding the removal of clearly prohibited information. Based on the current legislation, Roskomnadzor has included the dissemination information on Twitter in the list of threats,” he said:
#AceNewsReport – CAIRO:July.19: A group that proclaims itself as the Revolutionary Punishment announced on affiliated Twitter accounts it “executed” a man from Sharkia governorate due to his alleged cooperation with security bodies.
The statement said that Ateya el-Harouny filed around 40 police reports against Muslim Brotherhood activists and supporters, whom the statement referred to by “revolutionaries.”
The group said they shot Harouny July 7, leaving him badly injured and leading to his death July 14.
Giza Popular Resistance, one of several armed groups that appeared a few months after the 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, previously posted pictures of an injured man, claiming they shot him for reporting “revolutionaries.”
Meanwhile in North Sinai, the most dangerous militant group in the country has repeatedly beheaded Bedouins for their alleged cooperation with the military.
On May 5, Four alleged members of the Revolutionary Punishment were arrested; three Al-Azhar University students were injured manufacturing a bomb and they led to their “funder,” a security source told Youm7.
Preliminary investigations said that the four men belong to Revolutionary Punishment; they mainly claim responsibility for explosive devices that have killed dozens of policemen, as well as civilians.
In a March statement, the Ministry of Interior claimed the Muslim Brotherhood creates “terrorist cells” and gives them names, such as the Revolutionary Punishment and the Popular Resistance, to claim responsibility for attacks, repelling accusation of terrorism against the Brotherhood itself.
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AceNewsServices – Featured Post:FRANCE:Jan.08: As anyone who knows me well and reads my news regularly, l always like to give both sides to every story. In this case l have been asked by the writer would l feature this post, l have agreed and here it is:
Hello fellow humans, Muslims and Non Muslims, once again we stand divided and divisive on world matters.
What happened yesterday in France is just so terrible, I seriously have no right words to express my horror, my sadness at this nightmare that left twelve people dead in the Charlie Hebdo attack, as a journalist I am greatly grieved and angered for the death of eight fellow journalists, followed by two police officers, a maintenance worker and a visitor.
In recent years, space for journalists seems to be shrinking for varied reasons and these attacks are a tip of the iceberg of what will follow. Now coming to the point, as I watched international news of the event unfold with headlines and bold boxes with Ces musulmans, questi pazzi terroristi musulmani, those terrorist Muslims etc and etc, I was again back into my numb state.
At work with some western colleagues I passed through repetitive cycle of apology that was demanded for this latest act done by us Muslims. As a Muslim, I understood that in 21 century we will need to apologize all the time, because Islam and Muslims ARE always on trial.
Such people would not believe the emotions that run in our hearts every-time a terrorist attacks happens anywhere in the world by alleged Islamist militant groups. Despite showing solidarity and expressing my condolences, most spent the day was spent being recipient of countless emails, demanding this, that when all in all they probably wanted my blood. Sighs, another regular day in the life of a Pakistani Muslim…
Some hours later my computer screen got lambasted with the image, news of a twitter hashtag that kinda made me think, am having a bad dream and going to wake up any moment. While its sad to see that in name of freedom of expression such things are actually thriving on social media like Twitter with its trending hashtag #KillAllMuslims.
Now just to make it clear,this is not a defense of Islam, nor is this a defense of 1.6 Millions of normal regular going Muslims that are under fire for the actions of a minority group.But what strikes most is that all sort of expressions that are full of hatred, toxicity and negativity against Muslims and Islam are allowed to thrive. Since going viral, the hashtag is trending very interesting reactions and I will share some of them here.
Since 2013, the hastag was circulating at a low-level, but it’s getting boosted by the attacks and also thanks to a Twitter user based in the US that had posted provocative material related to Islam.
As France, struggles to cope with the aftermath of nightmarish Charlie Hedbo attack, that global community is criticizing the negative sentiments of the offensively provocative hashtag #KillAllMuslims.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW:Dec.8 – Twitter’s Vice President Colin Crowell has discussed sharing data with Russian authorities with Alexander Zharov, director of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media, the authority said in a statement Monday./TASS/. reported.
‘ Twitter’s Vice President Colin Crowell and Alexander Zharov, director of the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, discussed Twitter’s compliance with Russian laws -Screenshot from 2014-12-08 20:02:45 ‘
“The meeting participants have discussed issues of law implementation, in particular, concerning Twitter’s compliance with Russian laws.
The participants have agreed to create a special communications channel on demands by the Russian oversight authority,” it said.
The Twitter executive visited Russia before to discuss new laws on protecting children from harmful information, data protection and blogger’s as mass media representatives.
#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 14 – A US photojournalist who was sickened with Ebola in Liberia and evacuated to Nebraska for treatment emerged on Twitter Monday saying he was feeling better and planned to blog about the experience.
US Ebola patient re-emerges on Twitter
Ashoka Mukpo, 33, was working as a freelance cameraman for NBC News in Monrovia when he fell ill with the virus that has killed more than 4,000 people in West Africa.
He arrived at Nebraska Medical Center on October 6, and his symptoms were “not extreme,” his mother said at the time.
“Back on Twitter, feeling like I’m on the road to good health,” he wrote on the popular microblogging site, under the Twitter handle @unkyoka.
“Will be posting some thoughts this week. Endless gratitude for the good vibes.”
He said he was working on a blog called the “Ebola Diaries” that would “compile material from long-term reporter residents of Liberia.”
Officials at the Nebraska Medical Center said Sunday that Mukpo’s health was improving.
He has received an experimental drug as a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor Kent Brantly, a US missionary doctor who also fell ill in Liberia.
“Now that I’ve had first hand experience with this scourge of a disease, I’m even more pained at how little care sick west Africans are receiving,” Mukpo wrote.
Mukpo is the fifth American evacuated from West Africa with the help of the US State Department since the world’s largest outbreak began earlier this year.
#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – October 05 – With the holiday season quickly approaching, the world’s social media heavyweights have unveiled plans that would allow users to go shopping on their sites, opening up a lucrative and largely-untapped form of e-commerce.
While most Facebook and Twitter users regularly click on options such as ‘like’ or ‘share’ from their friends’ accounts, another option is coming down the social media pipe that will give users an ability to ‘buy’ products as well. However, given the recent controversy that Facebook created after it was revealed to be conducting secret experiments on its users, some people may be wary of the social media network venturing into on-line retail shopping.
Social media sites exploded over the weekend after it was revealed that Facebook, no stranger to controversy of late, secretly manipulated posts being seen by nearly 700,000 users in 2012 in order to allow researchers to study how emotional states are transmitted over the platform.
Results of the week-long study conducted by researchers at Facebook, Cornell University, and the University of California appeared in the June edition of the journal ‘Proceedings of the National Academy of Scientists’ (PNAS) under the rather insidious title, ‘Experimental evidence of massive-scale emotional contagion through social networks’.
Facebook altered the content that showed up on certain users’ news feeds to control the number of posts that contained words with positively or negatively charged emotions.
The team concluded its federally funded study by saying that “emotions spread via contagion through a network.”
When word hit the internet that Facebook was essentially conducting Orwellian thought policing, an electronic outpouring of condemnation greeted the company that Mark Zuckerberg built. One of the study’s authors, Adam Kramer, took to his own Facebook account to offer more of an explanation than an apology for the secret study.
“We felt that it was important to investigate the common worry that seeing friends post positive content leads to people feeling negative or left out,” Kramer said. “At the same time, we were concerned that exposure to friends’ negativity might lead people to avoid visiting Facebook. We didn’t clearly state our motivations in the paper.”
The Pentagon-funded Minerva program provides cash awards to everyone from “single investigators to large multi-university consortia,” according to its website and includes “researchers from 32 academic institutions, including six non-US universities and four industry or non-profit organizations.”
The program will disperse around six million dollars in 2014 and $17 million over the next three years.
Hancock’s description page at Cornell University cites “psychological and interpersonal dynamics of social media, deception, and language” as his research and academic interests.
Hancock’s study appeared in 2009, one year before the US Army War College’s Strategic Institute warned in a different study, and in the wake of the global financial meltdown, that the United States could experience massive civil unrest from a series of crises it termed “strategic shock.”
The report, which carried the Rumsfeldian title, ‘Known Unknowns: Unconventional Strategic Shocks in Defense Strategy Development’, suggested that the military may have to be called in to restore domestic order in the event of a massive social breakdown.
“Widespread civil violence inside the United States would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security,” the report, authored by [Ret.] Lt. Col. Nathan Freir, states.
Meanwhile, Cornell University participated in another study under the Minerva Research Initiative (and supervised by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research) that looks to predict “the dynamics of social movement mobilization and contagions.”
The project hopes to foresee “the critical mass [tipping point]” of social unrest and upheaval by studying their “digital traces” from a number of recent events, including the 2011 Egyptian revolution and the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Turkey.
At the same time, Twitter feeds and conversations will be examined “to identify individuals mobilized in a social contagion and when they become mobilized.”
Coming so soon after the Snowden leaks, the idea of a researcher closely affiliated with a Pentagon study now secretly examining the behavior of Facebook users under ‘controlled conditions’ is certainly cause for alarm.
This latest scandal also speaks volumes about the disturbing frequency of US educational facilities cooperating so directly with military programs that do not appear to have the best interests of the civil society at the core of their actions.
#AceWorldNews – GAZA CITY – July 26 – As part of Israel’sPR efforts during operation Cast Lead (2009), the IDF has established a Youtube channel to tell Israel’s side. As seen on Arutz Sheva. and supplied by israelnationalnews.com at the time it purported to have 7,000 followers and today as the screenshot shows it is down to 1,981.
Five years later, the involvement of the army in the documentation and dissemination of propaganda has increased, through YouTube videos and official accounts on Facebook and Twitter, which show a constant flow of messages.
Screenshot from 2014-07-26 14:31:51
Today’s media strategy includes dozens of infographics and visualizations that attempt to depict Israel’s rationale in a graphic and simple manner similar to that employed by the award-winning Visualizing Palestine project, which focused on visualizing the effects of occupation for Palestinians in Gaza.
One of the most viral visualizations shows how a house in Gaza becomes a target. “When is a house a home and when does it become a military target?”, the image reads, in response to accusations that Israel indiscriminately bombs houses in Gaza.
Another one compares “what Israel does to protect civilians” vs. “what Hamas does to endanger its civilians.”
An online struggle for “hearts and minds”
Israeli military operations are always accompanied by robust media reports that seem intended to mitigate their impact on international public opinion. From the sensorial “Cast Lead” in 2009 to the self-explanatory “Protective Edge” in 2014, several fronts of “hasbara” (pro-Israeli propaganda, in Hebrew) have been developed to show the world Israel’s rationale.
In 2008, just before attacks on Gaza began, the Israeli administration decided to replace traditional press conferences of war time with a wide array of initiatives based on social media. Guidelines for the campaign were developed by former army officer Yarden Vatikai, in coordination with the Ministry of Defense and the Jewish Agency.
#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – July 18 – CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.”
Diana Magnay (Image from twitter.com/dimagnayCNN)
Magnay was “threatened and harassed” before and during her report, a CNN spokeswoman told The Huffington Post, leading to the reporter’s reaction on Twitter.
“She deeply regrets the language used, which was aimed directly at those who had been targeting our crew,” the spokeswoman added. “She certainly meant no offense to anyone beyond that group, and she and CNN apologize for any offense that may have been taken.”
Israelis could be heard cheering missiles heading for Gaza on Thursday during a live Magnay report from a hill overlooking the Israel-Gaza border.
“I think you can probably see there are lots of Israelis gathered around who are cheering when they see these kinds of Israeli strikes,” Magnay said during the report.
Following the shot, Magnay tweeted, “Israelis on hill above Sderot cheer as bombs land on #gaza; threaten to ‘destroy our car if I say a word wrong’. Scum.”
#AceBreakingNews – UKRAINE – July 17 – (Reuters) – A Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine by militants on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard, a Ukrainian interior ministry official was quoted as saying by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.