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Fox News Twitter Account Gets Hacked Announcing President Obama’s Assassination

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With instant access to knowledge via technology, it’s easy to get the wrong news. While some  hackers may expose a private tweet or e-mail, others create fake news, like the assassination of the American president. Los Angeles Times reports:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner falsely said his Twitter account was hacked just before Memorial Day weekend. But over the holiday weekend, it looks like real hackers attacked the @foxnewspolitics verified account, one of several Twitter accounts run by FoxNews.com.

A group calling itself “ScriptKiddies” claimed responsibility for the hack and also declared it has ties to the international hacker collective Anonymous.

The Tweets began appearing just after 2 a.m. ET on Monday, July 4, an hour and date likely calculated to maximize the time the Tweets were up before the account owner noticed or could do anything about it. The fake messages announced the assassination of President Obama during a visit to Iowa, but there were no links to news reports on the incident.

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Web-Free ‘Tweeting’ Brought To Egypt By Google

TwitterIt’s good to know the world won’t stop if the internet does. Well, as long as cellphone service is always available. Via The Strait Times:

GOOGLE, in response to the Internet blockade in Egypt, said on Monday that it had created a way to post messages to microblogging service Twitter by making telephone calls.

Google worked with Twitter and freshly acquired SayNow, a startup specialising in social online voice platforms, to make it possible for anyone to ‘tweet’ by leaving a message at any of three telephone numbers.

‘Like many people we’ve been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground,’ Google product manager Abdel-Karim Mardini and SayNow co-founder Ujjwal Singh said in a blog post.

‘Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service – the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection,’ they said.

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Twitter Uproar Over Airport Bomb Joke

spatDo virtual social networks, such as Twitter,  push the law of free speech too far? Or does the digital generation have a bad sense of humor? BBC News reports:

Tweeters have joined forces to support Paul Chambers, the man convicted and fined for a Twitter message threatening to blow up an airport.

The Twitter community is angry that the 27-year-old accountant has failed to overturn his conviction.

A day after his appeal failed, two “hashtags” to highlight his situation remain top topics in the UK.

Free speech advocate Index on Censorship said the UK judiciary was out of step with social networks.

“The verdict demonstrates that the UK’s legal system has little respect for free expression, and has no understanding of how people communicate in the 21st Century,” said the organisation’s news editor Padraig Reidy.

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