Showing posts with label Tweets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tweets. Show all posts

June 3, 2020

Twitter Suspends Hundreds of Accounts Trying to Incite Violence With Untrue Tweets


                      

BBC            
 The man that says he has nothing to ask god to forgive.."because through their words you will know them and know they are fake"(st james bible)
Twitter has suspended hundreds of accounts for spreading claims about a Washington DC "blackout" which never happened.
Amid widespread civil unrest in the US, thousands to tweets using the #DCBlackout hashtag claimed that communications had been blocked in the capital to cripple protests.
But there was no evidence of this.
Twitter also said it had banned an account for inciting violence while impersonating a protest group.
The #DCBlackout hashtag trended on Twitter on Monday, with millions of tweets and retweets claiming that internet and phone communications were cut late in the night as the protests continued.
But reporters covering the protests had no such problems, and Twitter collated several of their tweets into a prominent link in Twitter's main website sidebar. An internet monitoring service also said there was no indication of any widespread disruption.
A Twitter spokesperson said the social media site had "suspended hundreds of spammy accounts" that used the #DCBlackout hashtag, citing the company's platform manipulation and spam policies. Straight from the disinformation playbook
By Shayan Sardarizadeh & Olga Robinson, BBC News
The DC blackout hoax is a classic example of an internet rumour spiralling out of control.
The hashtag first started going viral on Twitter in the early hours of Monday. Panicky messages about a blackout also spread on Facebook, Reddit and later on Instagram too.
Some of the most shared posts were sent by users who were not based in Washington DC or even in the US.
Despite the lack of evidence of a blackout, the hashtag garnered more than 500,000 tweets from 35,000 unique accounts in a matter of hours and became a global trend.
Concerned residents in and around Washington DC then saw the trend on their social media feeds and began posting about it to find out what was going on.
So by the time Twitter removed it from its "trending topics" list, the claim may have been seen by millions worldwide.
This is a playbook we have seen over and over again. 
When a major event is developing, rumours and claims about an emotional topic can go viral without any evidence to support them.
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Twitter also suspended another account which claimed to represent the left-wing Antifa group, calling for violence.
But the antifa_us account turned out to be operated by a known white nationalist group operating under an assumed name, Twitter told US media.
Before it was suspended, it tweeted messages including: "Tonight ... we move into the residential areas ... the white hoods ... and we take what's ours".
A suspended Twitter account with the handle @antifa_us is seen in this screenshotImage copyrightTWITTER
"Antifa", a contraction of anti-fascist, refers to the loosely-organised far-left protest group that gained fresh prominence in the US after the controversial white supremacist rally in Charlottesville in 2017. Anti-fascists routinely organised counter-demonstrations at far-right events in the months afterwards - sometimes resulting in violent clashes.
The use of the label is controversial because, as the Anti-Defamation League writes, it is sometimes used "to include all counter-protesters, rather than limiting it to those who proactively seek physical confrontations with their perceived fascist adversaries".
Since the outbreak of violent civil unrest, President Trump has blamed Antifa for riots, and declared he would designate it a terrorist group - though it is not not clear he has the power to do so.
A Twitter spokesperson said the company noticed the account after it sent tweets inciting violence, and that it was eventually suspended for violating policies on fake accounts.
Prof Philip Howard from the Oxford Internet Institute said that while Twitter was taking action, conspiracy theories and polarising stories keep returning.
"It is difficult to know how much impact misinformation on any particular topic has. But people do still circulate it," he said.
"The platforms are doing more and more to keep fake news in check. But each platform is different, and a large number of junk news stories come back in new forms, with new links and on new channels, very soon after it gets taken down."

October 30, 2018

Campbell Soup Exec Kelly Johnson Proved Trump is not The only Exec Who Tweets Crazy Stuff


What's in the water these men drink??????????????


               
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Campbell’s Soup Exec Out After Conspiracy Tweet

Kelly Johnston, the company’s vice president of government affairs, drew fire last week for tweeting that billionaire philanthropist George Soros’ Open Society Foundation “planned and is executing” the Central American migrant caravan heading toward the U.S. border. OSF denied the claim in a tweet the next day. After disavowing Johnston’s comments, Campbell’s — which said in a letter to OSF that it “believes in truth and transparency” — decided to “accelerate” his departure, which had been planned for early November. Johnston’s last day was Thursday.

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The Campbell Soup lobbyist who said George Soros' foundation was assisting a caravan of migrants bound for the United States is no longer with the company.
Kelly Johnston, formerly Campbell's vice president of government affairs, tweeted on Monday that the Open Society Foundations arranged for "troop carriers" and "rail cars" to support the caravan, which formed earlier this month in Central America. Johnston has since deleted his Twitter account.
Campbell and Johnston had discussed his leaving over the summer, the company said on Saturday. Johnston was scheduled to leave in November, but the tweet sped up his exit.
"In the last few days, the company and Mr. Johnston have agreed that under the current circumstances it would be best to accelerate the timing of his departure," a company spokesperson told CNN Business. Thursday was his last day.
Johnston did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN Business.
Campbell disavowed Johnston's tweet, saying on Tuesday that "the opinions Mr. Johnston expresses on Twitter are his individual views and do not represent the position of Campbell Soup Company."
The Open Society Foundations, which seeks to promote democracy around the globe, dismissed the tweet as false.
"Neither Mr. Soros nor Open Society is funding this effort," Open Society tweeted on Tuesday. "We are surprised to see a Campbell Soup executive spreading false stories."
The soup company's interim president and CEO Keith McLoughlin sent a letter to Open Society president Patrick Gaspard on Tuesday after Gaspard demanded the company take action on Johnston.
"We expect our leaders to present facts, to deal with objective truths and to exercise impeccable judgment," he wrote. " Mr. Johnston's remarks do not represent the position of Campbell and are inconsistent with how Campbell approaches the public debate."
McLoughlin added that Johnston had represented the company "ably for many years," and said that he would leave the company in November, as planned.
New York Times reporter Kenneth Vogel posted a screen grab of Johnston's tweet on Tuesday before Johnston deleted his account.
caravan of migrants who say they are fleeing poverty and violence are making their way through Mexico to the US border.
    The movement of the caravan has become a lightning rod in the immigration debate ahead of the midterm elections.
    Some other public figures and politicians have suggested, without evidence, that Soros is funding the caravan. President Donald Trump has seized on the caravan as a political issue and has accused Democrats of pushing for overrun borders.

      November 17, 2017

      Brand New Editor for Gay times Josh River Apologized-- Not Enough For His Offensive Tweets, He Was Fired




       Josh Rivers




      The editor of the Gay Times has been fired just weeks after taking up the role after anti-Semitic and misogynistic tweets were uncovered. 
      Josh Rivers sent a series of tweets between 2010 and 2015 which made offensive comments about women, Jewish people, Chinese people, lesbians, transgender people, and people he thought were overweight or ugly. 
      The magazine said that all of his articles have now been removed from the website and he has been dismissed from his post.  
      Among the offensive messages was one which said an actor cast as a Jewish person had a "f------- ridiculously larger honker of a nose" and another which tweeted approvingly a quote from US animation Family Guy:  “Jews are gross. It’s the only religion with ‘ew’ in it."Another said: "I’ve just seen a girl in the tightest white tank & lord help me if she’s not pregnant, she should be killed. #gross”
      Another message read: "I hope that piece of machinery that asshole lesbian next door has been using since 8am cuts off her goddamn hand. 
      Yet another message read:" I'm thankful for TFL (Transport for London) andrising bus fares. Let's keep homeless people on the streets  and off our buses" 

      Mr. Rivers was appointed the editor of the magazine last month and would have been the UK's first non-white editor of a gay men's magazine. 
      Announcing his appointment at the end of last month the magazine said choosing Mr. Rivers, a former marketing manager, was a “strategic move to best serve the magazine’s diverse and culturally inquisitive audience”.
      The tweets were discovered by Buzzfeed News, which put them to Mr. Rivers in an interview to mark his appointment. 
      In response, he apologized and said they showed "self-loathing, a complete unawareness of the world around me and a disregard for others that I find deeply upsetting". 
      Mr. Rivers later posted a statement on the social network calling the tweets "abhorrent", "ugly" and "hateful". 
      "I hope we can use this as an opportunity for growth, for healing, for moving forward," he added.

      Gay Times announced on Wednesday that he had been suspended. In a statement, it said: "Josh Rivers' past tweets do not align with the values of Gay Times, or any of our employees, in any capacity. 
      "Josh has been suspended with immediate effect while we investigate the facts. Appropriate action will be taken in due course."
      On Thursday morning it said that "his employment has been suspended with immediate effect". 
      "We sincerely apologize for the offense that has been caused, particularly to those members of our wider community to whom such inappropriate and unacceptable commentary was the focus," a spokesman said.
      {Telegraph UK}

      February 12, 2017

      Pocket Books Open After a Trump Tweet on Business’





      Before Donald Trump was president, he was a brand — from his TV show to his clothing line to his steaks. Now after surprising many by winning the White House, the Trump brand may have even more power, but it is also deeply connected to the divisive world of American politics. 
      That means what Trump says and does and what others say about him has impacts that go far beyond policy and politics into the world of everyday Americans' lives — where they shop and eat and what they watch on TV. 
      On Wednesday, Trump tweeted that his daughter had been "treated so unfairly" by Nordstrom after the store stopped carrying her clothing line. "Terrible!" Trump added. 
      The impact? Nordstrom's website saw a big jump in traffic Wednesday, according to data from Connexity, an ecommerce marketing firm. There were about 908,000 visits to the site, compared to 709,000 the previous Wednesday, a 28 precent increase. 
      And that makes sense considering Nordstrom's customer base, which skews politically liberal according to Connexity. People who describe themselves as "very liberal" are 40 percent more likely to visit Nordstrom.com than the average person. People who describe themselves as "very conservative" are 23 percent less likely to go to the site. The top 14 states for web traffic to the site all voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. 
      Data from Simmons Research show Nordstrom shoppers are among the most politically liberal in the country. Among the top 10 retailers for self-described liberals, Nordstrom is No. 6 and Nordstrom Rack is No. 9. 
      By the end of the Wednesday, the store's stock closed up 4.1%. In other words, Trump's bad-mouthing of Nordstorm likely only helped the retailer. 
      The week before brought another example when Starbucks announced they would hire 10,000 refugees in their stores. The announcement came after Trump's executive order temporarily suspended refugees from entering the United States and temporarily blocked people traveling to the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 
      The response? A group of Trump supporters have called for a boycott of the coffee chain and #BoycottStarbucks became a trending hashtag on Twitter. 
      But there are questions about how effective that boycott might be. Starbucks' customer base also skews politically liberal and an analysis from Simmons Research shows people in counties that voted heavily for Clinton were much more frequent Starbucks patrons than those who lived in Trump's best counties. 







      The boycott could end up having a boomerang effect if blue-leaning Starbucks drinkers turnout in greater numbers to support the company's refugee proposal. But the larger point of blurring consumer/political lines around the Trump brand is apparent even in the call for a boycott — and there is more evidence. 
      On Jan. 12, Trump urged his supporters on Twitter to "buy L.L.Bean" as a way of thanking company heiress Linda Bean for a big contribution to a pro-Trump PAC. Consumers seemed to notice and react. 
      After the tweet, traffic to the L.L. Bean website declined from the politically blue New England states, all of which voted for Hillary Clinton, according to data from Connexity. Meanwhile some of the biggest jumps in L.L. Bean traffic came from Texas, Florida, Mississippi and Arizona, states with populations that visit the retailer much less frequently and that voted for Trump in November. 
      The consumer core for Maine-based L.L. Bean has long had more of a Democratic cast because of its home. Purchasing a Rugged Ridge Parka (good to -40 degrees) is not a political act, but it's something more logically suited to blue states such as Vermont and Massachusetts than red states such as Texas and Arizona. 
      That's why the numbers from that week are so eye-catching. 
      Consider the decline in L.L. Bean website visits from the seven states that produce the most traffic to the online retailer — all cold-weather, New England states and neighboring New York. 
      Only Rhode Island, which voted for Clinton, saw an uptick in traffic to the site. The other states, all of which voted for Clinton, saw declines, many of them sizable. 







      You can see that drop in a broader tally as well. Of the 21 entities that gave their electoral votes to Clinton (20 states and the District of Columbia), 15 saw their traffic to L.L.Bean decline. 
      Now consider the increases in website visits that week from the seven states that generated the least traffic to the L.L.Bean site before Trump's tweet. 







      All those states saw an increase, except Hawaii, which voted for Clinton and saw a decline The only outlier in the group is Nevada, which voted for Clinton and saw an uptick in web traffic to the site. What's more, all those states, except South Dakota, are warm weather states. 
      To be clear, the numbers show L.L.Bean was still drawing heavily off of its blue New England base. Even with the declines, the six New England states provided more traffic to Maine retailer than any others. And the changes in L.L.Bean's traffic also seem to have been temporary. Many of those trends had reversed themselves the next week. 
      Regardless, the numbers show the depth of the divides running through the country under Trump. Much has been made of how the Trump administration’s plans to upend Washington have left businesses unsure of how to plan for the future, but for many retailers, just dealing with the Trump brand holds a complicated set of challenges.

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