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Turkey’s Prime Minister Says He’ll Pursue Twitter for ‘Tax Evasion’ (CNET)
Turkey’s prime minister seems to still be looking for a way to silence Twitter in his country, saying in a televised speech Saturday that the microblogging service is a tax evader and that his government will pursue it. “Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook are international companies established for profit and making money. Twitter is at the same time a tax evader. We will go after it,” prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, according to a report by news agency AFP. AFP Erdogan’s government on March 20 banned access to the social media site over leaks, sparking outrage among Turkey’s NATO allies and international human rights groups who viewed it as a setback for democracy in the EU-hopeful country. Ankara, Turkey, had to lift the ban on April 3 after its highest court ruled the blockade breached the right to free speech. Engadget For now, it’s difficult to tell whether or not the claims will amount to more than just talk. There isn’t an official case against Twitter at this stage. IBT Europe’s commissioner for the digital agenda, Neelie Kroes, tweeted: “The Twitter ban in Turkey is groundless, pointless and cowardly. Turkish people and the international community will see this as censorship. It is.” A ban on YouTube, which came into force on March 27, remains in place despite two courts ordering it to be lifted. Economic Times Twitter executives will meet officials from Turkey’s government, a company spokesman said Sunday. “I can confirm that Twitter representatives will be in Turkey to meet with government officials,” a Twitter spokesman said, without providing further details.
Breaking Up with Facebook: Where are Brands and Young Users Going? (The Next Web)
Of course, paying to boost Facebook posts is not in every company’s budget, especially for smaller business or nonprofits. Without the ability to boost posts, it’s likely that many of these smaller brands will shift their focus to other platforms.
Cats More Popular Than Selfies in U.K. (SocialTimes)
While it’s no surprise the Internet fancies felines, cats have overtaken selfies in the U.K. Mobile network provider Three estimates Britons share more than 3.8 million online photos and videos of cats every day, compared to just 1.4 million selfies.
Instagram Was Down, Which Meant No Coachella Selfies (Re/code)
For a new-ish dad like myself, checking my Instagram feed on a Saturday afternoon can be a cruel, self-punishing act. But someone must have been looking out for me on Saturday, because the photo-sharing service was down for well over an hour, as of 1:15 pm ET.
Facebook Releases Second Global Government Requests Report, Adds Requests To Restrict, Remove Content (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced the release of the second edition of its Global Government Requests Report, and this time around, it added government requests to restrict or remove content to the information it previously provided on government requests for account information. Facebook complied with 100 percent of the requests from four countries, but the totals were exceptionally low: Cyprus (three), Ivory Coast (one), Kosovo (one) and Serbia (one).
South Carolina Medicaid Pays $50,000 to Monitor Social Media (SCNow/AP)
South Carolina’s Medicaid agency is paying an institute at Clemson University $50,000 to monitor Facebook, Twitter, bloggers and other social media. The state Department of Health and Human Services said it is using the information to help with customer service, like finding people who are having trouble with their health coverage. It also lets them know what people are thinking about Medicaid.
MTV Leverages Social Influencers, GIFs for 2014 Movie Awards (LostRemote)
MTV has made the use of social influencers for tent pole events a large part of their strategy, and O2L’s impact has already been felt. “The community they’ve built is off-the-charts engaged,” Tom Fishman, vice president of content marketing and fan engagement for MTV, told Lost Remote.
Twitter User’s ‘Joke’ Terror Threat Alarms American Airlines (New York Daily News)
A Twitter user named “Sarah” threatened to “do something really big” in terror-laced tweet to American Airlines, but quickly begged forgiveness when the airline promised to contact the FBI. “hello my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan,” Sarah wrote on Sunday. “I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye.”
Seven Common Hashtag Mistakes To Avoid (AllTwitter)
Hashtags can improve the reach of your content and get it in front of the right audience. They can help promote an event, sell a product or even augment a TV show. Here are seven common mistakes that businesses and individuals make when using hashtags – so you can tweet and tag with confidence.