Cyber Beat Daily: Social Media and the Jihadi Movement + The Day's Top Tech Stories

The day’s top stories in social media and technology for 4/22 cover the dark and crazy sides of social media, an odd blogger, journalist ethics, an internet blackout, a DMCA takedown, and gamers meet pizza.

Summary of stories: the success of Jihadists on social media, social media savvy Boston Police keep Twitter misinformation in check, Twitter’s #FreeJahar truthers, Snoop Lion/Snoop Dogg becomes a WSJ blogger, Reuters social media editor charged with hacking fired (but not because of his hacking indictment), Monday’s CISPA internet blackout, Fox sends bogus takedowns over ‘Homeland’ book, gamers can now order Pizza Hut using Xbox Live.

Read below for these stories and more.

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“No longer do wannabe terrorists have to travel to training camps in Yemen and elsewhere to become inspired by the jihadi movement.”

Jihadists reveal social media’s dark side

Social Media/Tech Trends, Happenings and Faux Pas.

“They used Twitter to track and correct the misinformation that media outlets spread.”

Boston Police Schooled Us All on Social Media

Truthers. There are always truthers.

#FreeJahar Campaign Shows Social Media Support for Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg takes to blogging. And being an editor.  What next?

Snoop Lion becomes a blogger for the Wall Street Journal

Hoaxes, Harassment and Hacking.

Per this article, Matthew Keys, alleged to have conspired with Anonymous to hack the LA Times, created a fake Twitter account to mock a Google executive online; Reuters issued a ‘final written warning’ before firing him this week: “serious lapse of judgment and professionalism that is unbecoming of a Reuters journalist.”

Reuters editor charged with hacking: I was fired

In this article, Keys says Reuters said he had “violated a written warning from late last year that called for “immediate improvement” in his “communication with managers and more discretion in your social media practices,” and that Reuters “disagreed with his practice of tweeting emergency scanner information during the manhunt for the bombers and found his actions “reckless.”

Reuters fires social media editor after Anonymous hacking probe 

Law and Order.

The internet blackout day didn’t quite pan out like SOPA.

CISPA 2013 Blackout Staged By Anonymous Doesn’t Go As Planned

This is stupidity. “Homeland is a television show produced by Fox that debuted in 2011. It’s also the title of an unrelated novel written by author and copyright reform activist Cory Doctorow. And evidently, the system Fox uses to send takedown notices under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act can’t tell the difference between the two.”

Not that Homeland: Fox sends bogus takedowns for copyright reformer’s book


Admittedly, I might just use this. Don’t you judge me.

No need to get off the couch. Gamers can order Pizza Hut using Xbox Live