Social Media Newsfeed: Iraq and Social Media | SoundCloud Berlin Office

Iraq blocks Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube; SoundCloud opens shop in Berlin, Germany. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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IraqMapIraq Shuts Down Social Media to Prevent Government Overthrow (VentureBeat)
The Republic of Iraq Friday blocked Twitter, Google, YouTube, Facebook and other sites, in response to the uprising of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, numerous media outlets claim. The Iraq government ordered the country’s ministry of communications to block the sites, International Business Times reports, “over fears that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) was using the outlets to organize their insurgency.” IBT Shocking footage has emerged showing Sunni insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis) beheading a police officer. After the decapitation, the militants took a picture of the officer’s head and posted it on Twitter with the comment: “This is our ball. It’s made of skin #WorldCup.” Huffington Post The brutal act has sparked outrage on Twitter. Isis insurgents took control of Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, displacing hundreds of thousands of people. New York Post The Islamic militant group has been turning to social media to boast of its victories as its fighters continue to seize large swaths of the country. The propaganda efforts — meant to shatter the morale of Iraqi government officials and strike fear into the heart of civilians — have been wildly successful in the country, The Washington Post reported. Mashable Earlier on Friday, some Twitter users in Iraq, who have found ways to circumvent the restrictions, said that the sites were all inaccessible. When users attempt to visit these sites they apparently see a message from the Iraqi communications ministry.

SoundCloud’s New Office in Berlin Puts Yours to Shame (VentureBeat)
Berlin’s The Factory has opened its 16,000 square-meter startup office. While all the other startups (such as 6Wunderkinder, Mozilla, Zendesk, and others) are still waiting to finally move into Berlin’s new startup space, SoundCloud’s office is the only one that is ready.

Adidas Spends ‘Double-Digit Millions’ on World Cup Advertising (SocialTimes)
Adidas will spend a record-breaking amount on World Cup advertising this year as nearly half of the world’s population tunes in to watch the 2014 tournament. The company would not disclose exact numbers, but it told CNN it plans to spend a “double-digit million amount” on World Cup advertising this year. LostRemote Univision Deportes’ broadcast of World Cup matches Saturday delivered the most-watched Saturday of group play in Univision Deportes World Cup history. So far, the network’s coverage of this year’s games is pacing ahead of its 2010 World Cup coverage by +25 percent among total viewers and +11 percent among adults 18-49 through eight matches.

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Man Treks U.S. Meeting Facebook Friends in Person (NBC 7)
A Minnesota man is on a mission to get real social with his social media friends: he’s driving across the U.S. in an effort to meet all of his Facebook friends in person, some for the first time ever. “For me, I started to realize that as my Facebook friends number grew, I knew less and less of them very well. I had some free time, and I thought, ‘This might be an interesting experiment for me,’ and a fun one as well to see if I could connect with people on a basis that didn’t involve a computer screen in front of us,” Mikel McLaughlin, 35, told NBC 7.

Report: Facebook Quietly Lifts Ban on Exposed Nipples in Breast-Feeding Photos (AllFacebook)
The #FreeTheNipple campaign was apparently a success, as The Huffington Post U.K. reported that Facebook has quietly stepped back from its ban on photos of women breast-feeding in which their nipples are revealed. The social network has come under fire in the past for bans on both breast-feeding photos and images of breast-cancer survivors who have undergone mastectomies.