Social Media Matters: Facebook shuts down Taliban page

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By Brian Cormier
Moncton Times & Transcript
Friday, Dec. 14, 2012
Metro section

Facebook shuts down Taliban page

If it isn’t bad enough that your boss and mother want to be your friend on Facebook, now you have the Taliban out there, too.

Facebook recently shut down a page belonging to TTP, short for Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan. According to a Dec. 10 article in The Washington Post, “the TTP page was recruiting contributors for a new quarterly magazine called Ahyah-e-Khilafat, or Sign of the Caliphate.”

Before it was shut down, the page managed to accumulate a few hundred “likes”. While it’s probable that some of the likes were mistakes or carelessness on users’ parts, many of them were surely legitimate. Unfortunately for everyone, though, the likes were most certainly recorded by authorities monitoring online terrorist activity and anyone who associated themselves with the page by clicking like didn’t do themselves any favours.

I can only imagine some poor unsuspecting North American freelance writer who was just looking for a writing gig answering the door to find CSIS or the FBI there. For those who clicked like on the page by mistake, the moral of the story is to be very careful when liking any page set up by obscure organizations.

2012 Twitter highlights

Obama Twitter picUnless something remarkable happens between now and Dec. 31, the most retweeted post of the year is one by U.S. President Barack Obama, who posted “Four more years” along with a photo of he and his wife Michelle hugging on the night of his re-election in November. According to a Dec. 11 article, the post has been retweeted more than 816,000 times.

The second most popular retweet according to the article? This one belongs to a Canadian — Justin Bieber. After his beloved six-year-old fan Avalanna Routh passed away from brain cancer in September, his loyal fans retweeted his message of condolence in droves: “RIP Avalanna. i love you”.

The most tweets per minute during 2012 occurred on Nov. 6, the day of the U.S. presidential election, when tweets peaked at 327,452 per minute. Other popular tweet-inducing events occurred during the Summer Olympics in London when Jamaican Usain Bolt won the gold medal in the 200-metre sprint (80,000 tweets per minute) and upon the news of the death of singer Whitney Houston (more than 73,000 tweets per minute).

NFL player suspended for social media activity

Brandon Jacobs Twitter profile pic
Brandon Jacobs’ Twitter profile photo

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Jacobs has been suspended by the professional football team for the final three weeks of the season for complaining about the team online. Jacobs was unhappy with the way he was being treated.

According to an article by Matthew Barrows in the Dec. 11 edition of the Sacramento Bee, Jacobs used photo-sharing service Instagram to post photos of himself wearing his former team’s jersey — the New York Giants. Jacobs, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants, wrote (of the 49ers), “I am on this team rotting away so why would I wanna put any pics up of anything that say niners. This is by far the worst year I ever had, I’ll tell you like I told plenty others.”

This infuriated fans and management, causing Jacobs to be disciplined. He’s also taken to Twitter to thank his fans for their support and told them that he’d be back. It doesn’t matter how low profile or high profile you are, if you complain about your job publicly online, there will be consequences.

This week’s featured YouTube channels

Every week, I feature YouTube channels for you to check out. Statistics are current to Dec. 11. Have a favourite YouTube channel? Let me know and I may feature it here.

NBA logo1) NBA (1,090,389 subscribers): Americans love many sports, especially football, baseball and basketball. In fact, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced this week that its seven-year-old YouTube channel reached an incredible landmark: one billion total views!

The professional basketball league is celebrating the achievement in grand style by generating some excellent publicity for the sport. Playlists on the popular channel include Celebrating 1 Billion! (an entire playlist dedicated to the landmark), NBA Top 10’s of 2012, Player Profiles and 2012 NBA Playoff Favorites. (Most popular video: Shaq, LeBron, Dwight Howard All-Star Dance-Off – 18,881,996 views.)

2) DukieAjah ( (8,597 subscribers): Blogger and entrepreneur Dukie Ajah has started a very interesting YouTube experiment where he will vlog for the next 100 days about being rejected. In his video series (there are still about 75 more videos to go until he hits day 100), he’s trying to thicken his skin against rejection in what he calls “rejection therapy.”

He takes his camera and records himself making unreasonable requests and getting rejected. He believes that being rejected often will toughen himself against the fear of rejection in the future. Plans don’t always go his way, though, because the most popular video on his channel is from day three of the series when a doughnut shop worker went out of her way to get him what he’d asked for. The video then went viral, giving him more publicity than he could have ever hoped for! (Most popular video: Rejection Therapy Day 3 – Ask for Olympic Symbol Doughnuts. Jackie at Krispy Kreme – 5,072,636 views.)

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