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Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Receives Death Threats from ISIS for Deleting Accounts (The Next Web)
A post purportedly written by ISIS supporters is threatening Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey as well as company employees because the terrorist organization’s accounts are frequently deleted from the microblogging service, reports BuzzFeed. The post was uploaded on JustPaste, and features an image of Dorsey with the cross-hairs of a gun superimposed on it. It reads, “Your virtual war on us will cause a real war on you.” Business Insider The post is written in Arabic, though Google translate (not entirely accurate) paints a basic picture of what it says. One extract reads: “Jack helpless when their necks officially become a target for the soldiers of the Caliphate and supporters scattered among your midst.” The word Caliphate has both religious and political connotations and describes a strict Muslim government led by a Caliph, a successor to the prophet Muhammed. BuzzFeed Twitter, like YouTube, often moves quickly to delete posts and suspend accounts that disseminate ISIS videos showing the gruesome executions of hostages. Twitter’s terms of service bar users from posting or publishing “direct, specific threats of violence against others.” NBC News In a statement late Sunday to CNBC, Twitter said only: “Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials.” Dorsey was tweeting to his almost 2.9 million followers Sunday night but had not noted the alleged threat.
10 Ways Businesses Can Earn Their First 100 Twitter Followers (SocialTimes)
Starting a new Twitter account can be a daunting task. Here are 10 ways to grow your first 100 Twitter followers, so your tweets won’t fall on deaf ears.
Shakeup at Google! Bradley Horowitz Reportedly Now Running Google+ (VentureBeat)
Bradley Horowitz, the vice president of product for Google+ since 2008, has reportedly been named the head of Google’s social network. According to TechCrunch, Horowitz has replaced David Besbris, who has been in charge of Google+ for less than a year.
14-Year-Old Girl Killed After Facebook Spat, Planned Videotaped Fight (CNN)
The fatal feud started with a squabble on Facebook, devolved into a planned brawl at a park, and ended with a 14-year-old girl dead. Police in Alabama say a group of girls who quarreled on Facebook decided to take their grievances to a Birmingham park, where their fight was going to be videotaped and then posted online, CNN affiliate WBRC reported.
Cute or Not: BuzzFeed Launches Animal Photo-Sharing App on iOS (SocialTimes)
BuzzFeed has announced the launch of its second app, Cute or Not, on iOS devices. The app allows users to swipe left or right on pictures of animals to rate them as cute or “not,” all with the goal of discovering the cutest animals on the Internet.
Cake Decorating Brand Bakes Up a Partnership With YouTube Star Rosanna Pansino (Adweek)
The cake decorating company Wilton has always been about creators, inspiring everyday bakers with TV programs and in-store lessons. Now, the 85-year-old cake decorating brand is using online influencers to reach a new generation.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Social Team is Super Mean, and Fans Love It (LostRemote)
MTV and Logo get it. They’ve been taunting “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fans all winter preparation for the premiere of its seventh season today. The marketing team held a Snapchat scavenger hunt in December, leaking the identity of the new season’s queens hint by hint. Die-hard fans flocked to their account, increasing their base by 300,000 percent. If you aren’t using Snapchat, you should start getting used to it now.
Meerkat is the Livestreaming App Twitter Should Have Built (TechCrunch)
Meerkat is a livestreaming video app that piggybacks on Twitter’s identity, distribution and communication systems. At any moment, you can start a broadcast of yourself on Meerkat, which trigger’s a tweet of the link to your stream and a notification to any of your Twitter followers who use its app.
Millennials Love Snapchat Because it’s Not Facebook (SocialTimes)
One of the big appeals for Snapchat users is the way the app deletes content. One user said, “I was drawn to the social engagement loop and ephemeral appeal of the network. I like a social network that treats content as disposable. Snapchat is in the head space of our generation.”