As firefighters worked to contain the fire that ravaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Monday, Twitter and YouTube struggled to take down conspiracy theories being pushed by both anonymous accounts and verified white nationalists who spread Islamophobic theories about the disaster. French officialsinvestigating the fire have ruled out arson and terrorism, saying the fire that led to a roof collapse may have been tied to ongoing repairs at the cathedral. Images and videos of the flaming cathedral spread quickly across social media and were quickly seized upon to push Islamophobic narratives that have flourished in far-right politics around the world in recent years. Those sentiments then made their way to more mainstream conservative pundits, who questioned whether the fire had been set on purpose. Some anonymous users used editing software to push conspiracy theories on YouTube and Twitter, and their accounts remained active on the platforms -- despite repeated debunkings and … [Read more...] about Notre Dame Cathedral fire sparks Islamophobic theories on social media
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Business Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Business | In China, Dolce & Gabbana Draws Fire and Accusations of Racism on Social Media Supported by The Italian luxury brand said its Instagram accounts had been hacked after racist messages purportedly from one of its designers were made public. But some in China aren’t buying that. BySui-Lee Wee Nov. 21, 2018 Instagram may be blocked in China, but it can still make waves there. Dolce & Gabbana, the Italian luxury brand, found that out on Wednesday with stunning swiftness. It abruptly canceled a Shanghai fashion show it had been planning to hold that night as waves of online Chinese users accused Stefano Gabbana, one of the two designers of the fashion line, of being racist. They pointed to private Instagram messages from Mr. Gabbana’s account that the recipient posted publicly. Zhang … [Read more...] about In China, Dolce & Gabbana Draws Fire and Accusations of Racism on Social Media
Are Pinoys more racist on social media?On our recent trip to El Nido last July, our tour guide, Kuya Ryan, told us a story about a Chinese tourist he encountered a while back. One time, he said, he overheard the Chinese man brazenly asking another tour guide: “Where are the islands owned by China?” as the tourist proceeded to point to the many rocky islands in the famous tourist spot. The thing is, the guy wasn’t joking at all. In fact, his face was serious when he asked the tour guide to take them there. “Is it far from here? I want to see our islands,” the guy demanded.At this point, our “kuya” has had it and couldn’t stand what he had heard any longer. He went over and gave the tourist a verbal beatdown. In his broken English, he furiously yet clearly told him no island in Palawan belongs to the Chinese. He also demanded an apology. “Hey you!” he said to the tourist, “If you want to see Chinese islands, go back to … [Read more...] about Are Pinoys more racist on social media?
Oct 08, 1:07 AM EDT Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury National By Vaishnavi Vaidyanathan 10/08/18 AT 12:00 AM Pop superstar Taylor Swift who has been reluctant to speak about politics came out in support of the Democratic candidates contesting for Senate and House of Representatives from Tennessee. Taylor on Sunday put out a statement on Instagram revealing that she would be voting for Democrats Phil Bredesen and Jim Cooper in the 2018 midterms."I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent,” she wrote.In the post, she went against Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn … [Read more...] about Taylor Swift Endorses Democrats Phil Bredesen, Jim Cooper, Social Media Erupts
MAGA hat in tow, the rapper reiterated his support for the president Drew Costley Published 12:36 am PDT, Sunday, September 30, 2018 Kanye West was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" for the show's season premiere and went on a pro-Trump rant, with his MAGA hat in tow, at the end of one of his performances. Many viewers of the show were displeased with the rant. Click through to see how people reacted to West's pro-Trump rant. >>> less Kanye West was the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" for the show's season premiere and went on a pro-Trump rant, with his MAGA hat in tow, at the end of one of his performances. Many viewers of the show ... more Photo: Screengrab Via Twitter Viewers of "Saturday Night Live" took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Kanye West's pro-Trump rant on the show. Viewers of "Saturday Night Live" took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Kanye West's pro-Trump … [Read more...] about Kanye West goes on Trump rant on SNL, social media roasts him for it