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Turkey to Facebook: Block Pages That Insult Prophet Mohammad (SocialTimes)
A court in Turkey ordered Facebook to block several pages that it deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammad, threatening to block access to the social network if it does not comply, Reuters reported. According to Reuters, via state broadcaster TRT, the court order followed a request by a prosecutor. The Next Web The decision follows another court ruling earlier this month which ordered news sites that published the cover of Charlie Hebdo featuring a cartoon of Mohammed to be blocked. The BBC reports that Facebook has complied with the order to block a page considered insulting to the Prophet Mohammad. BBC Facebook declined to comment, but it does have a policy of blocking access to content within a country if it breaks local law. Facebook publishes a report of requests from governments around the world for user data. The latest report, which covers the period January — June 2014, shows that 1,893 “content restrictions” were made inside Turkey during that time. The New York Times The court order was issued late Sunday at the request of a local prosecutor in Ankara, the capital. Turkey’s Islamist government has not hesitated to temporarily cut off access to services like Twitter and YouTube for various political reasons, and it often intervenes to restrict content it finds objectionable, despite strong criticism from the West on freedom-of-speech grounds. Daily Mail Earlier this month, Turkey’s president began to press for new legislation which would allow ministers to temporarily ban websites, such as Facebook, and force Twitter to block an anonymous whistleblower. Last year Turkey came under international criticism for temporary bans on Facebook and Twitter as a corruption scandal unfolded.
NFL Brings the Gridiron to YouTube (CNET)
The National Football League has officially come to YouTube. The league announced Monday that it’s finally created its own channel on the world’s biggest online video network, as part of a broader partnership with YouTube’s parent Google, which includes NFL videos, news and other information available directly in Google searches.
Vine Celebrates Second Year, 1.5 Billion Daily Loops (SocialTimes)
Vine’s Jason Toff, head of product, celebrated the video app’s second anniversary on Saturday with a congratulatory tweet: “Having just celebrated our 2nd birthday, I’m thrilled to share that we’re now seeing more than 1.5 billion loops per day on @Vine.”
Social Media Reacts to N.J. Blizzard with Photos and Jokes (NJ.com)
As our state’s fluffy white fate rains down upon us, social media has lit up with commentary on the winter storm enveloping the region. New Jersey tweets and other social shares are bursting with photos, jokes and other meditations on the blizzard of January 2015, or #Snowmageddon2015, if you like. Here’s a roundup of what we’re seeing on Twitter and elsewhere on the social web.
Certain Words Trigger Facebook Prompts to Page Admins, Urging Them to Create Ads (SocialTimes)
Facebook page administrators who use words like “discount” in posts for their pages may be prompted to create ads. Reader Veronica Gentili shared a screenshot (in Italian, as she is based in Italy), in which she was prompted to create an ad by Facebook after using the Italian word for “discount” in her post.
Facebook Quietly Rolled Out a Bare-Bones App in Emerging Markets (Mashable)
While 1.6 billion people around the world take the latest and greatest smartphones for granted, many in emerging markets remain tethered to older devices. That’s likely why Facebook quietly rolled out Facebook Lite, a lightweight Android version of the full app, to eight countries last week.
Twitter is Troubled By, Thrilled with ‘Miss Universe’ (LostRemote)
The “Miss Universe” Pageant was a winner on Twitter this weekend, according to Nielsen Social. The controversial pageant ended up with 665,000 tweets by 6,317,000 unique authors.
Twitter Plans Atlanta Expansion, Picks Ponce City Market (11 Alive)
Twitter is taking flight in Atlanta, with expansion plans that include new offices in a high-profile technology hub. The San Francisco-based social networking company will lease about 8,000 square feet at Ponce City Market in Old Fourth Ward.
Report: Healthcare.gov Sharing User Data with Advertisers (SocialTimes)
Healthcare.gov has been plagued with allegations of data insecurity that began before it even went live. Now, the Associated Press has found that personal data, like age, marital status, zip code and parental status is being sent out to third-party services, some of which are commercial enterprises.