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11White House Aide Dan Pfeiffer Apologizes For Accidental Racist Tweet

A senior communications adviser to President Barack Obama had a little communications problem of his own this morning, in a Twitter conversation with New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin.

A glance at any standard keyboard, including the keyboard on most smartphones, reveals that the letter “N” is directly to the right of the letter “B.” Pfeiffer was apparently attempting to type the word “bigger” when his finger did what everyone’s does from time to time when texting or tweeting from a phone. It hit the next key over.

And in the super-fast paced Twitterverse, there is little time to proofread. So Pfeiffer’s errant tweeting finger turned an otherwise innocuous post into a shockingly racist one.

Pfeiffer (pictured) immediately deleted the offending tweet and apologized. “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies,” he wrote at 9:54 am this morning.

Martin had tweeted that he was glad to see an NBC News story acknowledging that the media plays a key role in creating political polarization. Pfeiffer replied that it was “a very smart point and massive factor in political polarization.”

Then he followed up with another tweet, intending to make the point that the right wing is affected by the media in a much “bigger” way. And that’s where the typo came in.

“Also a much nigger factor on the right,” read the tweet.

One can only imagine how mortified Pfeiffer, a top adviser to America’s first African-American president must have felt at that moment. Fortunately, Twitter has a delete option. Unfortunately for Pfeiffer, the internet doesn’t.

SOURCES: Politico, Hypervocal, Wikipedia

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11Miley Cyrus Releases Almost-Nude Pictures, Slams Sinead O'Connor

Miley Cyrus has shocked her fans yet again.

The twerking pop singer released some very risque' pictures taken by Terry Richardson, who also directed her video "Wrecking Ball," which featured the 20-year-old pop star barely covered in certain areas.

Cyrus' new pictures are almost pornographic as they show her in a tiny leotard that exposes half her crotch and most of her rear.

In the pics, she also poses topless with her hands over her breasts, holds a beer can in a sexual manner, grabs her crotch multiple times and, of course, sticks her tongue out defiantly, notes the Daily Mail.

Cyrus also slammed Sinead O'Connor, who wrote an open letter to the former "Hannah Montana" star advising her to stop allowing the music industry to "make a prostitute" of her.

In response, Cyrus tweeted, "Before Amanda Bynes… There was…" and then a screenshot of O’Connor’s older desperate tweets about trying to find a psychiatrist and getting back on medication, reports GossipCop.com.

In response, O'Connor came back with a second open letter, which stated, in part:

Miley… Really? Who the f--- is advising you? Because taking me on is even more f----- stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism.

You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help.

Sources: Daily Mail, GossipCop.com, Twitter

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11Iran President Hassan Rouhani And Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Exchange Tweets About Social Media Access

In the latest twist of social media’s role in the news, the founder of Twitter and the president of Iran engaged in a conversation on Twitter about social media access in Iran.

Twitter founder Jack Dorsey began the tweeting, according to Mail Online, with the following tweet:

“@HassanRouhani Good evening, President. Are citizens of Iran able to read your tweets.”

A few hours later, a response came from the Twitter account that represents Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's office.

“Evening, @Jack. As I told @camanour, my efforts geared 2 ensure my ppl'll comfortably b able 2 access all info globally as is their right.”

Soon after, Dorsey retweeted the president’s reply. Dorsey thanked Rouhani and offered, “Please let us know how we can help to make it a reality.”

CNN reports that in the exchange to which Rouhani referred, Christiane Amanpour asked Rouhani about his own prolific tweeting, and whether he would open up social networks for Iranians to access more freely.

"All my efforts are geared to ensure that the people of Iran will comfortably be able to access all information globally and to use it," Rouhani told Amanpour.

Rouhani also told Amanpour that during his presidential campaign, his supporters used social networks "a great deal."

Sources: Mail Online, CNN

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11Corey Booker Downplays Twitter Exchange With Stripper Lynsie Lee

A Twitter exchange between an East Coast U.S. Senate candidate and a stripper on the West Coast is attracting tons of attention. Corey Booker of New Jersey tweeted back and forth with a stripper from Oregon, Lynsie Lee, after the two both appeared in a documentary about using Twitter.

Lee works at Casa Diablo in Portland, Ore., which bills itself as "the world's first vegan strip club."

Booker, 44, regularly uses Twitter to communicate with his followers although most of them probably do not receive the type of private messages that he sent Lee earlier this year.

“@CoryBooker you’re welcome to come stay in my bedroom if your home was affected by the hurricane . . . ;)” Lee tweeted in October, after Hurricane Sandy.

Lee then wrote in February: “@CoryBooker the west coast loves you (by west coast, I mean me) :).”

Booker direct-messaged her back, “ The East Coast loves you and by the East Coast I mean me.”

"Well now I'm blushing," Lee wrote back.

"It's only fair," Booker responded.

The exchange was published on BuzzFeed on Wednesday.

Booker maintained that the conversation was no big deal. "You guys might have some prurient interest," he said, "but at the end of the day this is about extending kindness to folks."

Lee also downplayed the incident. "I flirted with him publically, as I do with a lot of people," Lee said. "There was nothing secret or sexy about it."

All the attention might be good for Lee’s business, Fox News reported. "If you come to see me at (at)CasaDiablo tonight, bring your wallets. I'm prime meat for the next couple of days! ;)" she tweeted Thursday.

Sources: Fox News, NY Daily News

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11Kanye West Goes Ballistic Against Jimmy Kimmel Over Skit (Video)

Late night host Jimmy Kimmel recently had two children re-create Kanye West's bizarre interview with BBC Radio One, which took place last week.

During the "Kanye Kid (Re)Kreation" skit, the children recited the interview from the actual transcript word for word (video below).

In response to the cute parody, West went on an angry Twitter rant (below, curse words are blurred out) against Kimmel tonight, noted the Daily Mail.

In response, Kimmel tweeted back and asked the angry rap star to please tweet to "@JimmyKImmel" to make it easier to read the profanity-filled attack.

West attacked Kimmel's sex life, compared him to his ex-girlfriend Sarah Silverman and cursed at him.

Kimmel calmy responded: "I swear, @kanyewest one more of these I WILL unfollow you #warning #Goshdarnit."

Source: Daily Mail

   Kanye West attacks Jimmy Kimmel on Twitter in reponse to a spoof on his talk show
 The musician quickly turned to personal attacks on Kimmel
     Jimmy Kimmel takes a more peaceful response on Twitter

 

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11LA School District Halts IPad Distribution Program After Students Hack Devices

Los Angeles Unified School District officials have put the brakes on their plan to give every single student in the district an iPad because the limited number of iPads that were distributed at one high school have already been hacked. 300 students who got iPads from Theodore Roosevelt High School were able to hack the devices so they could access the Web and peruse social media sites. It took them less than a week.

"I'm guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices," School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman wrote in a memo. "I want to prevent a `runaway train' scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the rollout."

In addition to Roosevelt, Westchester High and the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences also reported problems with hacked iPads, Fox News reported.

Roosevelt students changed the security settings on the iPads after "they took them home and they can't do anything with them," said senior student Alfredo Garcia.

The students used the hacked devices to send tweets, socialize on Facebook and stream music through Pandora.

Superintendent John Deasy "ordered a moratorium on allowing tablets to leave campus until the problem has been resolved," the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement.

Sources: Fox News, Los Angeles Times

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11LA School District Halts IPad Distribution Program After Students Hack Devices

Los Angeles Unified School District officials have put the brakes on their plan to give every single student in the district an iPad because the limited number of iPads that were distributed at one high school have already been hacked. 300 students who got iPads from Theodore Roosevelt High School were able to hack the devices so they could access the Web and peruse social media sites. It took them less than a week.

"I'm guessing this is just a sample of what will likely occur on other campuses once this hits Twitter, YouTube or other social media sites explaining to our students how to breach or compromise the security of these devices," School District Police Chief Steven Zipperman wrote in a memo. "I want to prevent a `runaway train' scenario when we may have the ability to put a hold on the rollout."

In addition to Roosevelt, Westchester High and the Valley Academy of Arts and Sciences also reported problems with hacked iPads, Fox News reported.

Roosevelt students changed the security settings on the iPads after "they took them home and they can't do anything with them," said senior student Alfredo Garcia.

The students used the hacked devices to send tweets, socialize on Facebook and stream music through Pandora.

Superintendent John Deasy "ordered a moratorium on allowing tablets to leave campus until the problem has been resolved," the Los Angeles Unified School District said in a statement.

Sources: Fox News, Los Angeles Times

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11Man Allegedly Denied Access To EasyJet Flight Because Of Tweet

EasyJet, one of Europe’s budget airline services that offers cheap flights throughout the continent, the Middle East and North Africa, allegedly denied a passenger access to his flight because of a tweet he posted criticizing the company. While passenger Mark Leiser was waiting for his flight, he sent out a message on Twitter that read the following: “Flight delayed 90min. Soldier going to miss last connection & @easyjet refusing to help pay for him to get to Portsmouth. Get right into em!” 

Leiser is not a soldier but a P.hd student specializing in cyber, IP and commercial law. He was tweeting in an attempt to help a fellow passenger that was a soldier.

Following that tweet, Leiser posted, “Manager from easyjet just said I couldn’t board flight because I criticised @easyJet on twitter before boarding the flight.”

Just as Leiser’s criticism of the company was made public for all to see (including the manager) his accusation that he was denied access to his flight was made public for all to see (including the company’s social media team). EasyJet responded to Leiser’s accusation that he was denied on the basis of his twitter comments with the following two tweets (combined here): “@mleiser Hi Mark, we are sorry to hear about this unfortunate incident. NO passenger will be denied boarding due to comments made on ... twitter. Please send us a DM so that we can sort this out for you. Best regards, NK.”

EasyJet also responded to the situation offline with a statement that stretched longer than 140 characters: “EasyJet has never denied boarding due to comments on social media. On the rare occasion that we consider denying boarding it is on the basis of disruptive behaviour," a company spokesperson informed The Atlantic Wire.

The spokesperson continued to explain that Leiser was eventually allowed on the flight despite an “altercation at the gate.” 

Leiser continues to write about the incident on Twitter, claiming that he will write a lengthier explanation of the events soon.

 

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11Journalism Professor Placed on Leave After Offensive Tweets about NRA

In yet another case of social-media vitriol backfiring in the workplace, journalism professor David Guth of the University of Kansas has been placed on indefinite administrative leave after posting a hostile comment on Twitter.

Following the Navy Yard massacre, Guth tweeted, "#NavyYardShooting The blood is on the hands of the #NRA. Next time, let it be YOUR sons and daughters. Shame on you. May God damn you."

This tweet evoked the wrath of the Kansas State Rifle Association, which is demanding that Guth be fired. President Patricia Stoneking said,” The KSRA will do everything possible to see to the removal of this man. He should be fired immediately. His statements are outrageous!"

Although Guth has not yet been terminated, chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little stated, “In order to prevent disruptions to the learning environment for students, the School of Journalism and the university, I have directed Provost Jeffrey Vitter to place Associate Professor Guth on indefinite administrative leave pending a review of the entire situation.” 

Despite the controversy, Guth stands by his tweet, claiming that he does not want to see anybody hurt but rather intended to open a dialogue about gun control in the United States.

In an interview with local channel Fox 4 News, Guth stated, “Hell no, hell no, I do not regret that tweet. I don’t take it back one bit … I don’t apologize for it because I’m not saying in the tweet that I want anybody harmed, and I expanded on it in my blog.”

Guth also said, “If you look at how I structured the statement, I didn’t really bring [NRA members'] children into it. I carefully structured the statement to make it conditional, but apparently it was too much of a nuance for some people … I don’t want anybody harmed. If somebody’s going to be harmed, maybe it ought to be the people who believe that guns are so precious that it’s worth spilling blood over.”

Sources: KMBZ, Fox 4 News

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11Twitter Suspends Al-Shabab Account After Group Claimed Responsibility For Deadly Mall Attack On Social Media Site And Live Tweeted About It

The Al-Qaeda linked Al-Shabab group claimed responsibility on Twitter for the attack on a shopping mall in Kenya and was reportedly live tweeting about it on the social media site before Twitter suspended its account.

The Raw Story reports that a message from Twitter on the English-language @HSM_Press account read that the account was suspended. That marks the third time this year that the group has been blocked from the site.

The terror group claims that the attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya was a revenge attack that targeted non-Muslims, according to Web Pro News, which posted some of the statements that were copied from the Twitter account prior to its suspension.

One of the reported tweets read:

“HSM has on numerous occasions warned the #Kenyan government that failure to remove its forces from Somalia would have severe consequences.”

Another tweet stated the following:

“The Mujahideen entered #Westgate Mall today at around noon and are still inside the mall, fighting the #Kenyan Kuffar (infidels) inside their own turf.”

The Raw Story also reported that the group’s previous account, @HSMPress, was suspended early this year after the group posted photographs of a French commando they killed and threatened to execute Kenyan hostages. They opened another account, @HSMPress1, but were again suspended earlier this month after threatening Somalia’s internationally-backed president.

Sources: The Raw Story, Web Pro News

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