PUTRAJAYA: The government is looking into the possibility to authorise the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to remove fake news and racist posts from social media, Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said. He said it was among the measures discussed in line with the government’s intention to enact legislation addressing the abuse of social media, which has been rampant of late. The minister said the matter was still being discussed with the relevant parties and the new legislation was expected to be tabled at Parliament by July at the latest. “The government is still studying the possibility and making amendments to the existing law so that it will be more effective in addressing issues of racism, religious hate crime and offensive messages on the monarchy institution. These are among the aspects we are looking into now. “We are looking at how we can give the MCMC the power. I hope the new legislation can be tabled at the … [Read more...] about Govt mulls authorising MCMC to remove fake news, racist posts from social media
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Gucci has been receiving a lot of criticism for one of the products that has been seen as a product of racism rather than of a fashion. The product - a 'balaclava jumper' to be precise - has received a lot of flak on Twitter. Users have complained that the jumper tries to show a black face. The design has also been done in a manner that makes you look like those in cartoons, that used to demean black people, with big red lips. Ever since the spark of outrage, Gucci has apologised for the product. They have stressed on the point that they support diversity. "We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make." The 890 dollars jumper has been removed from Gucci's website. If went to the archive section, it can be found that the item was last on the shelf in January. The jumper is still available on Spring. The jumper was from the Fall Winter 2018 season. On Spring website, the collection has been described as … [Read more...] about Gucci’s ‘blackface’ jumper leads to controversy; slammed on social media for racism
Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections NEW YORK — The latest efforts to disrupt the US midterm elections through Facebook manipulation seem to be following a persuasion playbook refined by legitimate companies and organizations — but with a twist. The aim of these possibly Russia-linked perpetrators appears to be to draw in as many people as possible with emotional appeals and then spur them to action. In this case, though, the action is public protest rather than affinity marketing, and the goal is to sow dissension rather than to build brand awareness. "They're almost functioning like social media editors, figuring out what the trending topics are in the US and figuring out where they can insert themselves," said Jennifer Grygiel, a communications professor at Syracuse University. The idea, experts say, is to widen the rifts in the US population via propaganda that is less about winning hearts and minds and much more about … [Read more...] about Using common social media tactics to subvert US elections
source FOX ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ has been renewed for a sixth 13-episode season. Cast and writers thanked fans on social media for causing such an uproar when Fox cancelled the show. The show will now be broadcast on NBC. Fans were completely devastated when Fox announced the New York detective comedy ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ wasn’t going to be renewed. Although some say it was the fans themselves at fault for not watching the show. Twitter was covered in dedications to the show, and pleads with streaming services Hulu and Netflix to pick it up. But it was NBC to the rescue, commissioning the show for a 13-episode sixth season. We got your SIX! #Brooklyn99 is officially coming to NBC! pic.twitter.com/NNQw2OZquH — NBC Entertainment (@nbc) May 12, 2018 Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s cocreator Dan Goor announced the news on twitter, saying it was in no small part thanks to “the … [Read more...] about NBC has saved ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ after a social media uproar from fans
By Rosie DiManno Star Columnist Wed., Feb. 21, 2018 PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—If Lindsey Vonn had a lick of spite in her — she doesn’t — she’d take that bronze medal hard-earned Wednesday and ram it down the troll-mob’s bilious throat. Somehow, because she happens to have a bit of a brain, you know, and a tad ‘o candour, one of the greatest female skiers ever had been suddenly transformed into Vonn-cum-Villainess. Or Valkyrie of the bimbo-pinko left. Un-American. Which had a whole bunch of righteous red-meat Americans, the Trumpisti hordes, frothing and foaming over some rather mildly critical comments Vonn made about the U.S. president. A question asked of her and answered by CNN on Dec. 7 that clearly got up some right-twitch nostrils and wedged there. Article Continued Below Scooped out, like snot, last week when Vonn failed to medal in her Super-G race, a wide turn toward the end of the course dropping the … [Read more...] about One of the greatest female skiers in history said she hoped to represent her fellow Americans at the Olympics, not the president. So her fellow Americans turned on her.