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‘How sick is that?’ Family outraged after dating website ad on Facebook uses photo of Rehtaeh Parsons
The family of Rehtaeh Parsons expressed outrage on Wednesday after a dating website ad on Facebook used a picture of the 17-year-old bullying victim.
The Nova Scotia girl died after attempting suicide in April.
The ad featured a picture of Parsons under the heading, “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”
Facebook has apologized for featuring the ad, claiming it was a “gross violation” of the company’s policies and has been removed.
“This is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the Internet and using it in their ad campaign,” a spokesperson said in the emailed statement. (Photo: lonechat.com / Facebook)

‘How sick is that?’ Family outraged after dating website ad on Facebook uses photo of Rehtaeh Parsons

The family of Rehtaeh Parsons expressed outrage on Wednesday after a dating website ad on Facebook used a picture of the 17-year-old bullying victim.

The Nova Scotia girl died after attempting suicide in April.

The ad featured a picture of Parsons under the heading, “Find Love in Canada! Meet Canadian girls and women for friendship, dating or relationships.”

Facebook has apologized for featuring the ad, claiming it was a “gross violation” of the company’s policies and has been removed.

“This is an extremely unfortunate example of an advertiser scraping an image from the Internet and using it in their ad campaign,” a spokesperson said in the emailed statement. (Photo: lonechat.com / Facebook)

AT&T pulls smartphone themed 9/11 tweet after mass outrage
One of America’s corporate giants has discovered the hard way that company messages related to the anniversary of the September 11 attacks are probably better left alone — especially when that message goes out on social media.
U.S. communications company AT&T posted a short message and image on its Twitter feed at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The tweet read “Never Forget;” attached was a picture of New York with the “towers of light” where the destroyed World Trade Center used to stand. Inserted over top of the image was a picture of an arm holding a smartphone with the towers of light highlighted on the view screen.
The response to the tweet was immediate and visceral, with many on Twitter calling the move tacky and tasteless, and many more simply coming up with variations of the f-word to throw at the company.

AT&T pulls smartphone themed 9/11 tweet after mass outrage

One of America’s corporate giants has discovered the hard way that company messages related to the anniversary of the September 11 attacks are probably better left alone — especially when that message goes out on social media.

U.S. communications company AT&T posted a short message and image on its Twitter feed at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, the twelfth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The tweet read “Never Forget;” attached was a picture of New York with the “towers of light” where the destroyed World Trade Center used to stand. Inserted over top of the image was a picture of an arm holding a smartphone with the towers of light highlighted on the view screen.

The response to the tweet was immediate and visceral, with many on Twitter calling the move tacky and tasteless, and many more simply coming up with variations of the f-word to throw at the company.

Tagged with:  #news  #9/11  #AT&T  #Twitter  #social media  #advertising
npostlife:

Is Facebook making young adults unhappy?A new U.S. study published this month suggests just that — that the more time a young person spends logging onto and surfing the social media site, the more likely they are to report feelings of unhappiness in the moment and overall. Do you agree? Disagree?[Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images files]

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Is Facebook making young adults unhappy?
A new U.S. study published this month suggests just that — that the more time a young person spends logging onto and surfing the social media site, the more likely they are to report feelings of unhappiness in the moment and overall. Do you agree? Disagree?
[Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images files]

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World renowed pianist storms off stage in protest after fan films concert on phoneOne of the world’s most renowned classical pianists walked out of a concert in anger because an audience member was filming him.When he returned to the stage, Krystian Zimerman explained that he had lost contracts with record labels because audience members had already posted films of his performances on YouTube, the video-sharing website.Zimerman, from Poland, who was performing at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, western Germany, spotted someone filming him from a balcony.He broke off the concert to ask the audience member to stop and then left the stage.

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World renowed pianist storms off stage in protest after fan films concert on phone
One of the world’s most renowned classical pianists walked out of a concert in anger because an audience member was filming him.

When he returned to the stage, Krystian Zimerman explained that he had lost contracts with record labels because audience members had already posted films of his performances on YouTube, the video-sharing website.

Zimerman, from Poland, who was performing at the Ruhr Piano Festival in Essen, western Germany, spotted someone filming him from a balcony.

He broke off the concert to ask the audience member to stop and then left the stage.

We are all Big Brother: Surveillance has become a social media pastime that is both ‘intensive’ and ‘routine’When accused London beheader Michael Adebolajo, now calling himself Mujahid Abu Hamza, justified the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby to an eyewitness, he addressed an entire society via a cellphone camera.“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments,” he said.At the Boston Marathon, the Tsarnaev brothers did not seek such attention, but it found them anyway, in amateur photos as well as security-cameras. And as with Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riots and Toronto’s G20 vandalism, Boston authorities appealed to the public for the surveillance value of their photos.Making sense of this stylistic shift in surveillance, from top-down secret observation by authorities to “lateral surveillance” of the people by the people, requires a refreshed perspective, according to David Lyon, professor of sociology and director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.In a plenary lecture for this week’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria — known as the Learneds — he calls it the shift from “fear” to “fun,” from surveillance as a security tool to a social media pastime. (John Moore/Getty Images)

We are all Big Brother: Surveillance has become a social media pastime that is both ‘intensive’ and ‘routine’
When accused London beheader Michael Adebolajo, now calling himself Mujahid Abu Hamza, justified the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby to an eyewitness, he addressed an entire society via a cellphone camera.

“You people will never be safe. Remove your governments,” he said.

At the Boston Marathon, the Tsarnaev brothers did not seek such attention, but it found them anyway, in amateur photos as well as security-cameras. And as with Vancouver’s Stanley Cup riots and Toronto’s G20 vandalism, Boston authorities appealed to the public for the surveillance value of their photos.

Making sense of this stylistic shift in surveillance, from top-down secret observation by authorities to “lateral surveillance” of the people by the people, requires a refreshed perspective, according to David Lyon, professor of sociology and director of the Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont.

In a plenary lecture for this week’s Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences in Victoria — known as the Learneds — he calls it the shift from “fear” to “fun,” from surveillance as a security tool to a social media pastime. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Twitter ‘menace’ fuelling Turkey protests, prime minister says, as thousands call for his government to resign Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday rejected claims that he is a “dictator,” dismissing protesters as an extremist fringe, even as thousands returned to the landmark Istanbul square that has become the site of the fiercest anti-government outburst in years.Over the past three days, protesters around the country have unleashed pent-up resentment against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who after 10 years in office many Turks see as an uncompromising figure with undue influence in every part of life.A huge, exuberant protest in Taksim Square subsided overnight, but an estimated 10,000 people again streamed into the area on Sunday, many waving flags, chanting “victory, victory, victory” and calling on Erdogan’s government to resign.“There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” (AFP Photo / Gurcan Ozturk)

Twitter ‘menace’ fuelling Turkey protests, prime minister says, as thousands call for his government to resign
 Turkey’s prime minister on Sunday rejected claims that he is a “dictator,” dismissing protesters as an extremist fringe, even as thousands returned to the landmark Istanbul square that has become the site of the fiercest anti-government outburst in years.

Over the past three days, protesters around the country have unleashed pent-up resentment against Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who after 10 years in office many Turks see as an uncompromising figure with undue influence in every part of life.

A huge, exuberant protest in Taksim Square subsided overnight, but an estimated 10,000 people again streamed into the area on Sunday, many waving flags, chanting “victory, victory, victory” and calling on Erdogan’s government to resign.

“There is now a menace which is called Twitter,” Erdogan said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society.” (AFP Photo / Gurcan Ozturk)

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This year’s Sheridan illustration program graduates are part of a new movement. Illustrationism is a collaborative effort that encourages illustrators and admirers to document and share their work through social media. Using the hashtag #illustrationism, illustrations are captured in an ever-growing online platform where the content creates and forms the concept ‘Illustrationism.’ See the grad exhibit for yourself April 19 at 99 Sudbury St. in Toronto. For more, visit illustrationism.com.

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This year’s Sheridan illustration program graduates are part of a new movement. Illustrationism is a collaborative effort that encourages illustrators and admirers to document and share their work through social media. Using the hashtag #illustrationism, illustrations are captured in an ever-growing online platform where the content creates and forms the concept ‘Illustrationism.’ See the grad exhibit for yourself April 19 at 99 Sudbury St. in Toronto. For more, visit illustrationism.com.

Facebook files for US$5-billion IPOFacebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to change the world, conquer Wall Street and usher in a new dawn for Silicon Valley, just don’t expect him to relinquish any control over his company along the way.Wednesday afternoon, the 27-year-old Mr. Zuckerberg laid out in black and white his mission statement for how Facebook will revolutionize human interaction on the Internet, in full public view for the first time, as the Palo Alto, California-based company finally announced plans to hold a US$5-billion initial public offering (IPO).For Mr. Zuckerberg, the filing represents the culmination of a journey that began almost exactly eight years ago when he created a social networking site known as “The Facebook” in his Harvard University dorm room, and has seen him become the target of high profile lawsuits, the subject of a Hollywood biopic and the youngest billionaire on the planet.
If the offering hits the higher end of its range — valuing the company at about US$100-billion — Mr. Zuckerberg would be worth more than $28-billion, making him one of the ten richest people in the world.  Facebook’s IPO also portends to turns thousands of its employees into millionaires, and several into billionaires, and further solidifies the social networking giant as one of the key power brokers in the digital age.With more than 845 million active users each month, Facebook is the default home on the Web for nearly 14% of the world’s population and one of a handful of companies — along with Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. — in a position to shape the future of the social Web and reap the benefits of the billions of advertising dollars flowing onto the Internet each year. (Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg)

Facebook files for US$5-billion IPO
Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg wants to change the world, conquer Wall Street and usher in a new dawn for Silicon Valley, just don’t expect him to relinquish any control over his company along the way.

Wednesday afternoon, the 27-year-old Mr. Zuckerberg laid out in black and white his mission statement for how Facebook will revolutionize human interaction on the Internet, in full public view for the first time, as the Palo Alto, California-based company finally announced plans to hold a US$5-billion initial public offering (IPO).

For Mr. Zuckerberg, the filing represents the culmination of a journey that began almost exactly eight years ago when he created a social networking site known as “The Facebook” in his Harvard University dorm room, and has seen him become the target of high profile lawsuits, the subject of a Hollywood biopic and the youngest billionaire on the planet.

If the offering hits the higher end of its range — valuing the company at about US$100-billion — Mr. Zuckerberg would be worth more than $28-billion, making him one of the ten richest people in the world.  Facebook’s IPO also portends to turns thousands of its employees into millionaires, and several into billionaires, and further solidifies the social networking giant as one of the key power brokers in the digital age.

With more than 845 million active users each month, Facebook is the default home on the Web for nearly 14% of the world’s population and one of a handful of companies — along with Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Twitter Inc. — in a position to shape the future of the social Web and reap the benefits of the billions of advertising dollars flowing onto the Internet each year. (Photo: Scott Eells/Bloomberg)

Twitter to censor content in some countriesTwitter announced Thursday that it would begin restricting Tweets in certain countries, marking a policy shift for the social media platform that helped propel the popular uprisings recently sweeping across the Middle East.“As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression,” Twitter wrote in a blog post published Thursday.Twitter gave as examples of restrictions it might cooperate with “certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.”A Twitter spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the blog.“Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country while keeping it available in the rest of the world,” the Twitter blog said.Twitter’s decision to begin censoring content represents a significant departure from its policy just one year ago, when anti-government protesters in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries coordinated mass demonstrations through on the social network and, in the process, thrust Twitter’s disruptive potential into the global spotlight. (Brett Gundlock/National Post)

Twitter to censor content in some countries
Twitter announced Thursday that it would begin restricting Tweets in certain countries, marking a policy shift for the social media platform that helped propel the popular uprisings recently sweeping across the Middle East.

“As we continue to grow internationally, we will enter countries that have different ideas about the contours of freedom of expression,” Twitter wrote in a blog post published Thursday.

Twitter gave as examples of restrictions it might cooperate with “certain types of content, such as France or Germany, which ban pro-Nazi content.”

A Twitter spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the blog.

“Starting today, we give ourselves the ability to reactively withhold content from users in a specific country while keeping it available in the rest of the world,” the Twitter blog said.

Twitter’s decision to begin censoring content represents a significant departure from its policy just one year ago, when anti-government protesters in Tunisia, Egypt and other Arab countries coordinated mass demonstrations through on the social network and, in the process, thrust Twitter’s disruptive potential into the global spotlight. (Brett Gundlock/National Post)

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Facebook Canada unveils ‘Memology 2011′ reportAccording to Facebook’s “Memology 2011″ report, which was released early Wednesday morning, “Like My Status” or “LMS” was the most discussed item in the status updates of Canada’s 18 million Facebook users this year.Generation Me, indeed.It could be worse. Not only did “LMS” top Facebook’s Memology rankings in the United States, but much to the chagrin of English professors everywhere, “TBH” or “To be Honest” ranked No. 2.Setting aside odd Facebook trends, Canadians devoted more Facebook status updates to the death and memory of the late NDP leader Jack Layton than they did anything else.

Facebook Canada unveils ‘Memology 2011′ report
According to Facebook’s “Memology 2011″ report, which was released early Wednesday morning, “Like My Status” or “LMS” was the most discussed item in the status updates of Canada’s 18 million Facebook users this year.

Generation Me, indeed.

It could be worse. Not only did “LMS” top Facebook’s Memology rankings in the United States, but much to the chagrin of English professors everywhere, “TBH” or “To be Honest” ranked No. 2.

Setting aside odd Facebook trends, Canadians devoted more Facebook status updates to the death and memory of the late NDP leader Jack Layton than they did anything else.

Graphic: Follow the tweets of the Occupy movement The Occupy movement began with a single tweet from Adbusters and has grown to more than 550,000 Twitter posts from around the world. Take a look to see where the hotspots are.

Graphic: Follow the tweets of the Occupy movement
The Occupy movement began with a single tweet from Adbusters and has grown to more than 550,000 Twitter posts from around the world. Take a look to see where the hotspots are.

Graphic: Voters care little about platforms, controversies in Ontario election, Twitter showsIf the war of the words online is any predictor of the upcoming Ontario election, this campaign will likely come down to which leader seems most trustworthy, with the party platforms and political missteps virtually ignored by voters.Words like “lie” and “tax” have stuck to both Liberal Dalton McGuinty and Conservative Tim Hudak throughout the campaign thanks to the parties’ aggressive online attacks, an analysis by the National Post of nearly 200,000 tweets about the Ontario election has found.

Graphic: Voters care little about platforms, controversies in Ontario election, Twitter shows
If the war of the words online is any predictor of the upcoming Ontario election, this campaign will likely come down to which leader seems most trustworthy, with the party platforms and political missteps virtually ignored by voters.

Words like “lie” and “tax” have stuck to both Liberal Dalton McGuinty and Conservative Tim Hudak throughout the campaign thanks to the parties’ aggressive online attacks, an analysis by the National Post of nearly 200,000 tweets about the Ontario election has found.

Zetas drug cartel targets Mexican social networks with executionOn Saturday, the body of Marisol Macias Castaneda, newsroom manager for a local newspaper in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mex., was found in a park.The 39-year-old, who frequently contributed to local social networking sites under the nickname “Laredo Girl,” had been battered, butchered and decapitated.Her head was placed on a nearby decorative cement pillar next to a hand-written poster as a warning to others who dare to discuss the crimes of the drug cartels online.“Nuevo Laredo Live and [other] social networking sites, I’m the ‘Laredo Girl’ and I’m here because of my reports, and yours,” it said.“For those who don’t want to believe, this happened to me because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy.”It was signed: “Thank you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl … ZZZZ.”The Zs are a signature of the dreaded Zetas drug cartel, a gang founded by military deserters who have become infamous for mass murders and gruesome executions.

Zetas drug cartel targets Mexican social networks with execution
On Saturday, the body of Marisol Macias Castaneda, newsroom manager for a local newspaper in the border town of Nuevo Laredo, Mex., was found in a park.

The 39-year-old, who frequently contributed to local social networking sites under the nickname “Laredo Girl,” had been battered, butchered and decapitated.

Her head was placed on a nearby decorative cement pillar next to a hand-written poster as a warning to others who dare to discuss the crimes of the drug cartels online.

“Nuevo Laredo Live and [other] social networking sites, I’m the ‘Laredo Girl’ and I’m here because of my reports, and yours,” it said.

“For those who don’t want to believe, this happened to me because of my actions, for believing in the army and the navy.”

It was signed: “Thank you for your attention, respectfully, Laredo Girl … ZZZZ.”

The Zs are a signature of the dreaded Zetas drug cartel, a gang founded by military deserters who have become infamous for mass murders and gruesome executions.