All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Controversy’

Paula Deen Loses Smithfield Endorsement

Paula Deen has lost her endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods, well-known makers of Smithfield Hams. The trouble started when Deen was named a defendant in a lawsuit brought by Lisa Jackson, a former employee who alleged that employment at Deen’s restaurant was tainted by both sexual and racial improprieties. In a deposition in that matter, Deen admitted using the “N …

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Twitter Loses French Appeal, Told to Give Up Anti-Semitic Users

Twitter has lost its latest appeal in a racist tweet controversy that’s persisted for nearly 8 months. According to a French court, following French law is not optional for U.S.-based Twitter, and they will be compelled to turn over the identities of users deemed in violation of French anti-discrimination laws. It’s a long story, but here’s the quick version. Back …

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NYC Ghetto Tours Stopped Due to Public Backlash

Earlier this month, the New York Post published a story on a New York City tour company called Real Bronx Tours. One of the tours offered by the company took tourists on a trip through the poorer areas of the city, showing them housing projects, food banks, and dangerous parks. The so-called ghetto tours have now provoked a backlash from …

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Islamophobic Facebook Post Lands County Commish in Hot Water

Over the weekend, Coffee County, Tennessee Commissioner Barry West posted a photo on his public Facebook profile that has many in the area and across the country up in arms (no pun intended). The image, which is being called a “hate filled post targeted at Muslims,” features an older man in a cowboy hat aiming down the sights of a …

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Accidental Racist: Twitter And YouTube React To Brad Paisley, LL Cool J Song

Brad Paisley, as you probably know by now, has a new song called “Accidental Racist,” which features LL Cool J. It’s getting a lot of media attention, and generating a lot of discussion in social media. Good luck trying to find it on YouTube. You can find it on Spotify, if you’re so inclined. Here’s what some are saying about …

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Twitter Sued for $50M in France for Withholding the Identities of Anti-Semitic Users

Twitter is being sued in France for failing to disclose the identities of users wrapped up in an anti-Semitic hashtag controversy that has spanned five months. Here’s my attempt to make a long story short: Back in October of 2012, a hashtag emerged on Twitter that many users found exceedingly offensive. The hashtag, #unbonjuif, roughly translates to “a good jew.” …

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John McCain Jokes About Ahmadinejad, Monkeys, and Iran’s Space Program on Twitter, Tells Everyone to Lighten Up

Arizona Senator and former Republican candidate for President John McCain thinks Twitter needs to lighten up and take a joke. After reports emerged that Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is prepared to be the first human sent into space by Iranian scientists, Senator McCain took to Twitter and made the following jab: “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space …

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Twitter Must Give Up Anti-Semitic Users, Says French Court

Twitter is once again going to be forced to make a decision on how far they will go to protect the privacy rights of its users, thanks to a ruling made today by a French court. The court ruled that Twitter must turn over the identities of users behind a specific set of tweets, after they had been deemed to …

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Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work

Facebook is (once again) in the middle of a content removal drama – except this time is doesn’t have anything to do with breastfeeding, racy cartoons, art, exposed nipples, or racially charged posts. This time, the drama centers around a marriage equality activist and his popular page. As the story goes, Murray Lip, activist and founder of advocacy group Gay …

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Facebook Must Remove Page Outing Sex Offenders, Says UK Judge

According to a UK High Court, Facebook is not allowed to host a page that publicly outs convicted sex offenders. A Judge has given Facebook 72 hours to remove a page called Keeping our kids safe from predators, which routinely posts personal information and photos of child predators in Northern Ireland. The decree stems from a suit brought by a …

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#Unbonjuif: French Group Wants Twitter to Give Up Identities of Anti-Semitic Users

A French anti-discrimination group is holding Twitter’s feet to the fire, demanding that the social media site reveal the identities of a handful of users who posted anti-Semitic tweets during the lifespan of a racial-charged trending hashtag back in October. The French Jewish Students Union (UEJF) has filed a summons against Twitter, hoping that the company will give up the …

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This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook

In the past, we’ve been pretty critical of Facebook’s breast phobia (and its policies relating to nudity and content removal in general). As you may know, Facebook mostly outsources its policing of content. This, coupled with the sheer volume of content being uploaded to the site on a daily basis, makes for a flawed process that leads to plenty of …

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