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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

‘Girl, boy or ethnic?

‘Girl, boy or ethnic?’ Carrefour faces backlash over baby doll ad

‘Girl, boy or ethnic?’ Carrefour faces backlash over baby doll ad
Carrefour, the world’s second-biggest retailer, became the target of a social-media onslaught in France after customers spotted an interactive baby doll in one of its catalogues, which was available in three options: ‘Girl, boy or ethnic.'
Internet users were enraged over the description of the €5.99 ‘Baby Born’ doll. A tirade of comments on social media branded the advert both sexist and racist, voicing outrage at not only the term “ethnic”, but also the fact that it was being used as an equivalent of gender.
Social media users commented that their “eyes hurt” and that they were “lost for words.”
Thanks to you I will stop living under a delusion. I’ve never been a boy but an ethnic,” another Twitter user said.
The catalogue’s description of the doll boasted an ability to cry, eat, sit, sleep and even go for a pee, among other activities.
The ad promised that the doll, recommended for ages three and over, would help all those interested “become a real mommy.”
Carrefour later apologized, telling Franceinfo that it regretted what it described as a “wrong choice of words.” The French retail giant promised to do “all it takes to correct the online catalogue.”
It did not specify what exactly it intended to do with the catalogues already printed and distributed.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Twitter Blocks picture of murder victim and bans murderer

Twitter bites back: Mosquito killer banned for posting bloody death pic

Twitter bites back: Mosquito killer banned for posting bloody death pic
A man was banned from Twitter for posting the bloody corpse of one of his victims… a mosquito.
Twitter permanently deactivated the Japanese man’s Twitter account after he tweeted about a mosquito he killed, complete with a photo of the dead insect.
The man wrote from his Nemuismywife account: "Where do you get off biting me all over while I'm just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you're already dead)."
Before long, the man received a notification from Twitter to say his account had been frozen and couldn’t be activated.
“Your account has been frozen because it was used to send messages containing threats,” the notification read, SoraNews24 reports“Tweets containing threats are not allowed under our terms of service. This account cannot be reactivated.”
The man then set up another account, DaydreamMatcha, to vent his frustration at the decision.

"My previous account was permanently frozen after I said I killed a mosquito. Is this a violation?" he tweeted at Twitter Japan.
The tweet received over 33,000 retweets, but, unfortunately, his original account hasn’t been reactivated.
The decision to ban someone for tweeting about killing a mosquito was met with ridicule and outrage on the micro-blogging platform.
Twitter announced it had developed algorithms to detect abusive behavior in March, Wired reported. Nemuismywife’s ban may have been implemented by an algorithm set to flag certain words, such as “die.”
Twitter says that it suspends accounts that violate its rules, citing abusive tweets or behavior as an example.
“When content crosses the line into gratuitous images of death, Twitter may ask that you remove the content out of respect for the deceased,” it said. Abusive behavior, including violent threats and promoting violence can also get you suspended.  
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