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ISIS jihadis’ use of social media and ‘the mask’ reveals a new grammar of violence

By Kevin McDonald, Middlesex University This week Twitter began suspending accounts related to ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham). This follows an ISIS fighter reportedly posting the photo of the head of a decapitated Iraqi police major to #WorldCup, accompanied by the message “This is our ball. It is…

Stephen Colbert: ISIS isn’t just invading Iraq — it wants to radicalize your hashtags

Tuesday night on The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert warned viewers of the danger the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) poses to social media. Colbert began by playing a clip of a Fox News analyst who declared that, “it’s clear that among the social media competition among terrorists, [ISIS]…

Transgender women attacked on Atlanta train as onlookers cheer, record video

Two transgender women say they were attacked last week by several men on an Atlanta transit line as onlookers recorded video but did not intervene. Video of the attack was shared on social media, showing the men as they verbally harassed the pair May 20 about their gender identity and…

Alleged sex assault near Ohio campus filmed by passerby and posted on social media

Police in southeast Ohio are investigating a rape that was apparently filmed by passersby and posted on social media. An Ohio University student told police Sunday that she’d been sexually assaulted after she had been drinking the previous night sometime between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. She filed the complaint…

Women use social media more, but men are gaining: Pew

According to a new study from Pew, women have been on average about 10 percent more likely to use social media sites than men, though the most recent reports from May show that men are now only 4 percent behind. The study also breaks…  …

First papal ‘selfie’ goes viral on social media

Pope Francis has broken protocol once again, appearing with a puzzled look on his face in a “selfie” photo taken with a group of teenagers visiting the Vatican. The picture appeared on the Facebook page of one of the youngsters, who used it as his profile picture, and was going…

Data analytics firm Spotter launches social media ‘sarcasm detector’

French tech firm Spotter has apparently devised an analytics platform capable of identifying sarcastic comments, according to the BBC. Spotter’s platform scans social media and other sources to create reputation reports for clients such as the EU…   [Finger caught with a mousetrap on a white background via Shutterstock.com.]…

New mobile devices spur greater news reading

Roy Greenslade, guardian.co.uk A mounting body of evidence finds that the spread of mobile technology is adding to news consumption in the United States. Its effects, however, are mixed. While it enhances the appeal of traditional news brands, and even boosts the reading of long-form journalism, it also shows that…

Social media used to sell pharma drugs to youth, report says

VIENNA (Reuters) – Illegal “Internet pharmacies” are using social media to market drugs to young people, an international report said on Tuesday. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), which monitors the implementation of U.N. drug control conventions, said illicit drugs as well as prescription medicines were being ordered online from…

Secret documents reveal DHS lied about tracking Americans on social media

One of the nation’s leading electronic privacy groups claimed this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) misled members of Congress during a recent hearing on whether the Department is paying a defense contractor $11.4 million to keep tabs on protected free speech and dissent against government policies on…

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