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We're not quite sure how they didn't see this coming - Palestinian militant group Hamas launched a hashtag campaign on Twitter in order to generate some positive feedback, interaction and support with the wider community.
Their #AskHamas tag quickly backfired on them with people asking hard-hitting questions about human shields, suicide bombings and various rocket attacks. News.com.au found out that this hashtag certainly has generated some global feedback, topping 36,000 tweets in one day - but not in the way that was expected.
One of the questions asked was by Jeffery Goldberg, an American Journalist, who pitched "Why did you murder 30 civilians, including 20 people over the age of 70, at a Passover Seder in Netanya in 2002?"
The Salvation Army (The Salvos) has taken this highly controversial dress and used it for something other than Facebook arguments with their new campaign that asks the question "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" Further stating "The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."
This has been shared around on various social networks along with almost 5,000 re-tweets on their Twitter feed, showing that the The Salvos have some extremely savvy people working behind the scenes. Viral messages with a purpose have begun to pop up in recent times, bringing the ALS ice bucket challenge first to mind.
If you haven't kept up with what exactly 'the dress' is, it's a Roman Originals model that looked blue and black to some and white and gold to others. Striking massive debate throughout the internet a few days ago.
It had previously been uncovered that Hillary Clinton was taking use of a private email account whilst serving as the US Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013 - people in these positions are historically asked to use their officially supplied email accounts for reasons including transparency and security.
On her official Twitter page, Clinton claims she has nothing to hide, stating "I want the public to see my email. I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible."
This was then followed by a statement from the State Department whom warned users of this tedious process "The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases. We will undertake this review as soon as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete."
Andrew Marcum was announced as wanted by the Butler Country Sherrif's office on their Facebook page recently, listing an extensive criminal history including "burglary / safe-cracking (a Felony 2). He's also been dabbling in abduction (F2), assault (M1), domestic violence (M1)" and more.
It seems Andrew was fairly happy with this post, seeing a reply from a Facebook account with the same name and photo stating "I ain't tripping half of them don't even know me." If you're not even sure what that means, it's ok because we don't either.
There hasn't been a solid confirmation as to if this account is real or a troll attempt, however Richard K. Jones from the police department tweeted a picture and said "Hey Andrew Marcum we've got your room ready..."
Facebook remains dedicated to developing social media and Internet access across the world, and won't try to deviate to car development, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
During a Q&A session during Mobile World Congress (MWC), Zuckerberg was asked if he had interest in other technologies, similar to Google's autonomous car and Apple's rumored vehicle development. However, the Silicon Valley billionaire said his company is "pretty focused" on current objectives, and straying to new projects isn't a priority.
Facebook wants to connect people across the world, and the company's objective is "pretty broad," using social networking, Internet.org to get more people connected, and further developing the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.
US investigators are monitoring a resident in Michigan suspected of using social media to recruit - and inspire - Islamic extremism. Ahmad Musa Jibril, encouraging followers to "spread Islam by the sword," is a Palestinian-American living in Dearborn, Michigan. He is on probation after being released in 2012 for an insurance fraud conviction.
A federal judge restricted Jibril's Internet usage in 2014, but his following on social media has continued to grow. Investigators are searching through his Twitter followers and those who have "liked" his Facebook page, looking for digital fingerprints into possible extremist activity.
"There is nothing to suggest he has changed his views," said Peter Neumann, a British researcher, in a statement published by CBS News. "He has toned them down because he realizes that if he doesn't tone them down they will come after him."
Facebook, the No. 1 social networking website, wants to integrate virtual reality into user news feeds, and is creating demo versions to show off the new feature. To take things a step further, Facebook users also have the ability to share their virtual experiences with other members.
In the live VR demos, Facebook members can visit Mongolia, or sit in an F/A-18 Hornet cockpit.
"Not a lot of people are going to get to Mongolia in their life... I've never been," said Chris Cox, head of product at Facebook, while speaking at the Code/Media conference. "You can look around. It's beautiful. And you immediately understand it's like one of these things... the first time you're in it, you realize you're looking at the future."
The prisons of South Carolina don't mess around. Prisoner Tyreem Henry has been handed 37 years in solitary confinement for writing 38 posts on Facebook whilst incarcerated.
Whether these posts were him whinging about sleeping conditions, letters to his family or setting up connections outside - that is not clear. However what is clear that this man has not only lengthened his 15 year sentence to 37 years of solitary confinement, he's also lost 74 years of canteen, phone and visiting privileges.
Gizmodo explained that there has been over 400 cases in the last few years alone where inmates have subject to disciplinary action over social media use - being classed as a Level 1 violation, which is the same level as homicide, hostage-taking and rioting.
The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks in a thrilling Super Bowl, and it looks like the game was a major success on Twitter and Facebook. There were more than 265 million posts, comments and likes on Facebook, generated by at least 65 million users, according to the company.
An interception to effectively end the game was the most popular Facebook discussion (1.36 million people per minute), while Katy Perry's halftime performance racked up 1.02 million people per minute discussing it.
There were more than 28 million tweets posted on Twitter related to the Super Bowl and Perry's halftime performance. Not surprisingly, Malcolm Butler's interception to seal the victory for the Patriots received 395,000 tweets per minute, earning the most generated Twitter moment of the event.
Throughout the Super Bowl, there was a large volume of Facebook posts and tweets related to every commercial during the game - and continues to show how important social media can be during major sporting events. Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott and Perry all saw a surge in Spotify song streams following the halftime performance, with Elliott receiving a massive 676 percent increase.
This brings the term "keyboard warrior" to a whole new level. The front lines are most commonly publicized, however what's going on behind closed curtains? Here's an insight - The British Army have just implemented a whole battalion of soldiers described as "Facebook Warriors."
Named as the 77th battalion, this number has some historical background. Claimed by the Financial Times as a "guerrilla unit led by the swashbuckling British commander Major General Orde Wingate, one of the pioneers of modern unconventional warfare. They operated deep behind Japanese lines in Burma between 1942 and 1945 and their missions were often of questionable success."
This new battalion will be responsible for implementing "'reflexive control', an old Soviet tactic of spreading specifically curated information in order to get your opponent to react in the exact way you want them to," as described by Gizmodo.