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  • Islamic State supporters hail deadly Munich shooting on social media

    1 week ago

    Supporters of the Islamic State militant group celebrated on social media a shooting rampage in a shopping mall in the southern German city of Munich on Friday that killed and wounded many people.

    "Thank God, may God bring prosperity to our Islamic State men," read one tweet in...

  • Israel’s justice minister: 70 percent of harmful content being removed from social media

    June 7, 2016 | 1:29 pm

    Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said in Budapest that Facebook, Twitter and Google are removing some 70 percent of harmful content from social media in Israel.

    “A joining of forces by justice ministers from all over the world against incitement and our joint...

  • Hackers hit two Mark Zuckerberg social media accounts

    June 6, 2016 | 11:56 am

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg had some of his social media accounts hacked.

    Zuckerberg’s Twitter and Pinterest accounts were hacked Sunday by a hacker group called OurMine, according to reports.

    The group reportedly discovered Zuckerberg’s password during a breach in the...

  • Can Donald Trump buzz his way to the White House?

    May 23, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    Creating buzz – that curious mixture of baloney and authenticity that generates excitement – is not exactly new as a campaign strategy. But Donald Trump is taking it to new heights.

    By the new Trump metric, the more the public knows about your crackpot ideas and your sex life,...

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  • Instant gratification: Social media and b’nai mitzvah parties

    May 9, 2016 | 11:54 am

    In the age of likes, shares and posts, social media has been embraced as a valuable platform of connectivity. Everyone is invited to the party to share political views, cat videos, baby pics, vacation pics — even babies-on-vacation pics. 

    If you want engagement, then use social...

  • Dutch deputy PM: Anti-Semitic abuse keeps me off social media

    February 9, 2016 | 9:51 am

    The deputy prime minister of the Netherlands said he has stopped interacting on social media because of anti-Semitic abuse against him.

    Lodewijk Asscher, who has Jewish ancestors, in a post Tuesday on Facebook titled “Disrespectful Dog” lists the handles of several Twitter users...

  • Among White House hopefuls, Trump least likely to hit ‘follow’ button on Twitter

    February 2, 2016 | 10:54 am

    The millions of Twitter users following Donald Trump shouldn't expect a "follow back" from the Republican presidential front-runner anytime soon. 

    Trump's campaign account @realDonaldTrump has nearly 6 million Twitter followers, the most of any candidate running for president....

  • My Social Media Shabbat Shake Up

    By Ilana Angel

    January 29, 2016 | 7:58 am

    Shabbat this week will mark the first time in over six years I will not be on Twitter. It has certainly been a shake up to my social media, but the moment I did it I wondered what took me so long. It was liberating to let go of a platform that offers more bad than good. Not only...

  • The New-New Antisemitism

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 20, 2016 | 8:37 am

    "Stop crying 'Wolf', or Antisemitism will never be seriously addresses."

    This is a repeated comment for every Facebook post with a claim of anti-Semitism, and this is wrong.

    In the age of social media, where the keyboard is the deadliest of all weapons, the battle against...

  • Los Angeles: Discovering Something Different

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    December 27, 2015 | 9:24 am

    Do you always go to the same places? Are you ready to try something new? If you are looking for an adventure around the corner, I have a few ideas for you in Los Angeles.

    1. IPIC Movie Theater: I love the movies. I especially love action movies. But I would see any movie at IPIC....

  • Why no Facebook filter in solidarity with Israeli victims?

    November 20, 2015 | 11:09 am

    “Show your support for the people of Paris by temporarily updating your profile picture with this new template we created,” read the Facebook-sponsored text promoted not 24 hours after last week’s terror attacks in Paris. The social media giant invited users to overlay their...

  • The ‘Tweetifada’ hits Facebook with graphic videos of violence

    October 15, 2015 | 9:33 am

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Facebook feeds of Israelis and Palestinians are being swamped with videos claiming to offer the “truth” of the series of Palestinian stabbing attacks on Israelis that have left seven Israelis and 32 Palestinians dead this month....

  • Leann Rimes Fails at Social Media

    By Ilana Angel

    October 11, 2015 | 4:18 pm

    I am fascinated by Leann Rimes. She is not particularly interesting, but she really is quite fascinating. I understand she is emotionally stunted by her upbringing, but at some point she needs to grow up, get medicated, and start taking care of her mental health. It would appear...

  • This is Me (or is it?)—The Facebook Paradox

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 21, 2015 | 5:39 am

    My sole Facebook friend (acceptance required, as she is my stepdaughter) has lately been  "pinning" her life on Pinterest. It seems she's discovered yet another way to collect and display her "likes" and interests ... in place of actively engaging in her life. I could be sounding...

  • ‘The Fat Jewish’ got a fashion modeling contract

    By JNi.media

    July 17, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    This article originally appeared on Jewish News International.

    Josh Ostrovsky is your next door, wisecracking, Jewish kid neighbor who turned his classroom antics into a perpetual Internet enterprise. His Instagram account, @TheFatJewish, has more than 5 million followers, he’s a...

  • Israeli military worries over troops’ use of social media

    May 1, 2015 | 11:43 am

    Israel's armed forces see a growing threat in instant messaging applications -- both to battlefield secrecy and to the privacy of women soldiers.

    According to official military journal Bamahane, the number of troop indictments for sex crimes has almost doubled since 2012, with...

  • Wiesenthal Center 2015 report card: Social network's must to more to degrade terrorists online campaigns

    March 18, 2015 | 5:10 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal today released its 2015 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report Card and Study at a press conference at its New York Tolerance Museum.

    “Over the last year, our worst fears have become a reality. ISIS, Al Shabbab and other Al-Qaeda linked terrorist groups have...

  • How to fight anti-Semitism online?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    December 3, 2014 | 8:18 am

    What do you do when you see hate speech on your Facebook or Twitter feed? Do you calm yourself down, swallow the bitter pill and move on, or do you comment bravely and report the image/page/user/group?

    For Israeli student Shay Amiran- Pugachov, fighting anti-Semitism and hate...

  • Twitter helps manage emergencies

    December 2, 2014 | 10:33 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Social media isn't just for socializing anymore. Emergency responders and authorities are increasingly using social media to help the public get information ands access to emergency services.

    "What we have learned in the last...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Social media fights my Gaza war

    August 14, 2014 | 12:17 pm

    As a feature journalism teacher for 21 years, I’ve helped students of all backgrounds craft and publish powerful personal pieces that often rallied against racism, homophobia and Islamophobia. So during the month-long Israel/Gaza war, when an Egyptian-American guy who’d aced my...

  • 2014 Israel – Gaza Conflict: Twitter Sentiment Analysis by MasterMineDS

    August 6, 2014 | 8:54 am

    Digital War

    Israel under war 2014 [Publisher's Note: This article arrived yesterday August 5, 2014, but is being published on August 6, 2014]

    Today at 8AM a cease fire has been declared in operation Protective Edge. The public discussion over the operation, however, will stay with us for a long...

  • From Dutch situation room, pro-Israel volunteers defend Jewish state on social media

    July 29, 2014 | 11:23 am

    Israeli Ambassador to the Netherlands Haim Divon nodded approvingly as he surveyed the small army of 50 men and women fighting for Israel.

    Around a conference table in an office in the Amsterdam suburb of Buitenveldert, 30 volunteers were writing and collecting pro-Israel...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    July 24, 2014 | 9:35 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    July 16, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Please manipulate me

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 14, 2014 | 11:53 am

    What do you call it when media try to manipulate your feelings without first asking for informed consent?

    Tuesday. 

    Example:  The average Facebook user sees only 20 percent of the 1,500 stories per day that could have shown up in their news feed.  The posts you receive are...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    April 9, 2014 | 5:35 am

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

    By Melissa Weller

    April 3, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar —...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • How reliable is social media during a disaster?

    By Ryan Torok

    January 15, 2014 | 5:13 pm

    Mark Benthien, communications director of the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), is not optimistic that social media will help much in the event of an earthquake. 

    He worries that just as phone lines and electricity went down following the 6.7 magnitude Northridge...

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