School searched student’s Facebook page |Twitter row as Graham Onions condones Callum McManaman’s horror tackle |Social Media & Football: Odemwingie uses Twitter to lash out at West Bromwich Albion again |Gavin Barwell in ‘date Arab girls’ Twitter storm – how your own browser history can bite you |Musicians accused of ‘buying virtual fans’ to acquire huge followings on Twitter and views on YouTube
The American Civil Liberties Union is asking the Everett School District to apologize to a student because a supervisor pressured her to make her Facebook page available during an investigation of a complaint of cyber-bullying that involved other students. The group sent a letter to Superintendent Gary Cohn on Friday regarding an incident last month involving a North Middle School vice principal and student Samantha Negrete, The Everett Herald reported (http://bit.ly/15T7tTF). ”Our hope is to work together with the school district to find a resolution to this that allows Samantha to return to a safe and welcoming school environment,” said Linda Mangel, an ACLU attorney. Samantha said she did not willingly disclose the contents of her Facebook page. The ACLU said that the request for Toutant’s transfer was made because Samantha fears “he will seek to abuse his power and punish her for reporting his illegal search.”
Graham Onions became the latest England cricketer to land himself in hot water for his use of Twitter after the bowler appeared to condone Callum McManaman’s X-rated tackle on Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara during Sunday’s defeat at Wigan. Onions tweeted a picture of the knee-high, studs up challenge, adding: ‘Proper Sunday league tackle, love it’. The Durham seamer, a Newcastle fan, appeared not to have realised the severity of Haidara’s situation, who was sent to hospital with suspected knee ligament damage. He then found himself subjected to a furious backlash on Twitter, from fans who pointed put out it was an ill-advised tweet from a sportsman who has had to battle back from career-threatening injuries himself.
Peter Odemwingie is facing fresh disciplinary action from West Bromwich Albion after again hitting out at the club on his Twitter account. The striker accused them of “threatening to ruin [his] career” by keeping him on the bench since his failed attempt to leave in January. Odemwingie first criticised West Brom following his abortive move to Queens Park Rangers on 31 January, when he turned up at Loftus Road without permission in an act labelled as “total lunacy” by his manager, Steve Clarke. He was fined for his outburst but has since appeared four times for the club, including in Saturday’s match at Stoke when he came on in the 67th minute. However, on Sunday he again took to the social media site.
Conservative MP Gavin Barwell thought he was exposing a particularly shameless piece of political moneyspinning when he clicked on a link tweeted by Labour and found a press release accompanied by an advert saying “date Arab girls”. He wasted no time firing off a tweet to the party’s press team and shadow schools minister Kevin Brennan, saying: “I know Labour are short of cash but having an invitation to ‘date Arab girls’ at top of your press release?” However, what seemed like an easy strike might have turned into a something of an own goal. The press team’s reply began “oh dear”, followed by a link to an explanation of how Google Adsense functions – that is, based on the preferences of a web user.
Some music artists are buying social networking statistics to get into the charts, a BBC Newsbeat investigation has found. The statistics, which can be bought, include YouTube views, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. Newsbeat has found that you can buy 10,000 YouTube views for as little as £30. There is also a market for buying comments to attribute to the views to help authenticate them. A data monitoring company based in America says that it has a list of artists who they believe are buying statistics to increase their popularity with record labels and radio bosses.