Disgusting defamatory smear on John Key via Twitter from Trevor Mallard

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Yesterday at 2:34pm Trevor Mallard made a tweet that didn’t just accuse John Key of being associated with tax evasion, it actually stated he was involved.

I have a screenshot, but the tweet has since been deleted, and I’m not going to repeat what it said.

Suffice to say it was highly defamatory and you would think that an Assistant Speaker of the House would know better than to use Twitter from inside the house to defame the Prime Minister.

But deleting the text doesn’t make the defamation any less.

Worse still he tweeted that during Question Time.

Recently the Privileges Committee issued recommendations on the use of social media by members during parliament.

We believe that our examination of this question of privilege provides a timely opportunity to remind members and others of some existing and relevant parliamentary rules and practices, as well as some significant issues that should be borne in mind when using social media. We recommend that these various rules and practices be compiled to form standalone guidance to be issued by the Speaker (Appendix C). In particular, we wish to clarify any misconception about comments made by members on social media, including comments made from the Chamber. Such comments are not part of parliamentary proceedings, nor are they published under the authority of the House. Therefore, they may not be protected by parliamentary privilege. Members should be aware that anything said on social media is potentially actionable in court. Members should also be careful not to disclose confidential select committee proceedings or reports through any means, including social media. The House may treat any such breach of confidentiality as a contempt. Another potential contempt that may be committed through social media is an adverse reflection on the character or conduct of a member (including the Speaker).

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Garner on Moroney and Social Media

Duncan Garner joins the fray on Sue Moroney.

Labour MP Sue Moroney’s moronic tweet this week about why a wealthy bach owner shouldn’t decide our flag referendum was a shocker.

She knows it. Labour leader Andrew Little knows it. It was serious face palm stuff wasn’t it? Moroney didn’t engage her brain with her loose fingers and wayward, poorly judged thoughts.

She also forgot the immense and invasive power of social media. It’s the equivalent of sending out a press release to the entire world.

In the old days rookie MPs were told to ‘breathe through their nose’ (a nice way of saying don’t ever open your mouth) as they learned the ropes from the back benches.

But today MPs are all over Facebook and Twitter because it’s such an effective (and free) way to connect directly with voters.   Read more »

Finally a media person gets the point of Twitter

Tracy Watkins wrote an opinion piece the other day about Sue Moroney’s troubles.

I don’t think we need to relitigate the issues of her stupidity around that, but Watkins did note at the end of her column something that seems to have passed politicians by.

It is also something I have been talking about for years.

It’s a graphic reminder to MPs that while social media might be a potent political weapon in the right hands, used badly it can be a quick route to self-destruction.

British MP Emily Thornberry discovered that when she was forced to resign for perceived snobbery over a tweet picturing a working-class house flying the St George flag.

Moroney’s tweet no doubt reflected back the views of those in her Twitter clique. And that’s the problem with Twitter especially.

It has became an online echo chamber, in which its users follow others who share their own views and political opinions. And that in turn leads to a mob mentality when the group turns on the views or opinions of those who don’t agree with them.    Read more »

Surely she was on the sauce last night?

This woman thinks she can be a senior minister in an alternative government.

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More cartoons about BDS that the censors don’t want you to see

 Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

Happening now in Jerusalem- the Yediot Aharonot conference for the war on BDS featuring the TICP Exhibition.

In a follow up to my post ‘Ten cartoons that the censors do not want you to see,‘ here are some more cartoons. They expose some uncomfortable truths about the BDS movement and are censored by many social media and mainstream media outlets. Buzzfeed took down an entire post of the TICP that contained ten cartoons. I have reproduced all of them here because Buzzfeed, Facebook, Twitter and the main stream media need to learn that freedom of speech will not be denied.

 By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation Makes Sense... From the TICP - The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

By: Amir Avni Cartoons and Animation
Makes Sense…
From the TICP – The Israeli Cartoon Project Exhibition at the ידיעות אחרונות Yedioth Ahronoth conference.

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Twitter leads to self-delusion

Regular readers and clients know of my disdain for Twitter in all matters, save for a few.

All this talk of engagement, and interaction is horse dung. Mostly, it is one big circle-jerk where a group of feeble-minded people all agree with each other or all go bully someone they’ve decided must be bullied for daring to say something different.

No one’s vote was ever changed because of a funny or poignant tweet.

Which leads me to look at the reasons why people leave Twitter…and don’t come back. Danyl McLauchlan is one of those and he explains why:

A few people have asked me why I recently deleted my twitter account (btw I recently deleted my twitter account), and the general stupidity of the flag debate was partly a motivator (as was the amount of time I was wasting on twitter in general). But the platform itself, I think, encourages homogeneity of thought. The ability to provide feedback on everything that everyone else says is a major component of the experience. The prolonged effect of that – at least for me – was that it trains you into expressing opinions that you know the group will approve of, and not expressing – and eventually not even thinking – opinions that will attract censure. Humans are hard-wired to seek the approval of our peers and avoid group ridicule. I do worry that in left-wing political online communities that these traits are becoming a recipe for mass-self delusion.

He’s right. It is a recipe for mass self-delusion, and the left have been using that recipe for quite sometime.   Read more »


Oh the outrage! Oh, hang on, the customer liked it

You’ve got to love the clickbait-hungry Media party who sit there hoovering up social media stories to create outrage…except in this one the customer rather enjoyed the exchange.

No matter, let’s publish it and see of we can generate some outrage anyway.

ASB Bank has taken customer service to extreme lengths by sexually propositioning a customer via its official Twitter account after she tweeted to say thanks for good service.

Auckland legal services worker Grace Hall tweeted the ASB, New Zealand’s fourth-largest bank, to say “you have some of the loveliest staff ever”. In the exchange of jokey tweets that followed, the bank asked “Netflix and chill 4eva? Or are we moving to fast ?”

“Netflix and chill” is widely understood to mean watching TV while having sex, but an ASB spokesman said the social media staffer operating the Twitter account didn’t realise the phrase had a sexual double-meaning.

The bank later deleted its tweets, but not before they had been screen-grabbed and reposted by a Twitter account that collects examples of corporate social-media embarrassments.   Read more »


More bad news for Twitter, their data is worth SFA

Thomas Baekdal reports:

Oh my… Twitter’s US Head of Ad Sales just confirmed that their ‘data’ isn’t worth that much.

For years, we have been told that the social networks are worth billions of dollars exactly because they have so much data about us. They say that they can use their platforms, the logged-in user profiling and all those other factors to target people with advertising. And, for years, we have been told that this was what made them special, and that without this treasure trove of data the advertising wouldn’t work as well.

The problem is that, in most cases, the returns haven’t lived up to this promise. We don’t really see the conversions we would expect from this amazing data. Instead, most social advertising campaigns seem to perform no better than anywhere else, with the only real difference being the format. Obviously an in-stream ad that matches the other posts (native format) will perform better than a display advertising (banner format).   Read more »


Another nail in Twitter’s coffin; they are silencing conservative voices deliberately

When social media companies embark on subjective censoring they are headed for trouble.

Rumours that Twitter has begun ‘shadowbanning’ politically inconvenient users have been confirmed by a source inside the company, who spoke exclusively to Breitbart Tech. His claim was corroborated by a senior editor at a major publisher.

According to the source, Twitter maintains a ‘whitelist’ of favoured Twitter accounts and a ‘blacklist’ of unfavoured accounts. Accounts on the whitelist are prioritised in search results, even if they’re not the most popular among users. Meanwhile, accounts on the blacklist have their posts hidden from both search results and other users’ timelines.

Our source was backed up by a senior editor at a major digital publisher, who told Breitbart that Twitter told him it deliberately whitelists and blacklists users. He added that he was afraid of the site’s power, noting that his tweets could disappear from users’ timelines if he got on the wrong side of the company.

Shadowbanning, sometimes known as “Stealth Banning” or “Hell Banning,” is commonly used by online community managers to block content posted by spammers. Instead of banning a user directly (which would alert the spammer to their status, prompting them to create a new account), their content is merely hidden from public view.

For site owners, the ideal shadowban is when a user never realizes he’s been shadowbanned.   Read more »


If brains were dynamite she wouldn’t have enough to blow her nose

Paula Penfold has tweeted that King’s School’s billboard is sexist.

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