Posts Tagged ‘Twitter’

Anonymous Takes Down Islamic State Twitter Accounts (Again)

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Anonymous goes to war, at least in cyberspace:

Islamic State sympathizers using social media to spread propaganda and recruit fighters are now drawing an increasing amount of return fire from activists who have been knocking some sites offline and infiltrating others.

The loose hacking collective Anonymous is the latest to draw attention to such campaigns, with members claiming credit this week for having thousands of pro-IS Twitter (TWTR.N) accounts disabled.

This is not the first time that Anonymous has taken down Islamic State Twitter accounts, as they did so on a wide scale in Operation #TangoDown back in May.

Will this effort actually damage the Islamic State? Well, slightly, which is to say it will do a damn site more than peace signs with Eiffel Towers or overlaying your icon with a French flag, meaningless feel-good displacement gestures liberals use rather than admitting to themselves they’re doing absolutely nothing to fight radical Islam…

Tweets About The Paris Attack

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Current news from Paris: the death toll is now at 128 and the Islamic State has claimed responsibility for what French President Francois Hollande calls (correctly) an “act of war.”

A few tweets about the Paris attacks and reactions to it:

Coming Soon To a Sitcom Near You…

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Or “Fun With Milo Yiannopoulos and Shanley Kane.”

(Background and context.)

And a bonus Shanley tweet:

Yes, nothing says “Take me seriously, technology world!” like tweeting obscenities and typing things IN ALL CAPS!

“Gender Fluidity”

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Just a quick hit from twitter…

Hillary So Old…

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Another Twitter hashtag I had some fun with:

Ted Cruz Announces Presidental Run With a Tweet

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Despite advance word that Cruz would announce his run today, he actually did so with a tweet Sunday night:

Cruz had a very strong social media team for his 2012 Senate race, so this move isn’t a big surprise. Now we’ll see if it, and his early jump, can get him any separation in a very crowded field…

Jason Villalba, The King of Thin-Skinned Twitter Blockage

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

Texas State Rep. Jason Villalba, ostensibly a Republican, seems to be going out of his way to alienate actual Republican voters.

First he was among the (sadly many) Republican Representatives to vote to reelect Joe Straus Speaker, then got caught praising Straus’ progressive agenda.

Next came Villalba’s introduction of H.B. 2918, which attacks the rights of photographers, bloggers and CHL holders under the guise of protecting police from being assaulted by cameras.

Naturally, this has lead to a raft of criticism on Twitter and elsewhere. (There’s aeven a Recall Jason Villalba Facebook group. Since Texas does not have any recall election mechanism for state-level officials, I presume they mean to back a primary challenge to him in 2016.)

So what has Villalba’s reaction to this criticism been?

Villiba Block

So go ahead and add “thin-skinned” to the list of Rep. Villalba’s flaws…

#TangoDown: Anonymous vs. ISIS

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Here’s something that falls into the category of “undernews,” i.e. potential significant events occurring below the detectable threshold of the mainstream media.

Hacking group Anonymous (or a certain fraction thereof; things are always murky in the cyberunderground) have decided to purge Twitter of ISIS supporters in Operation #TangoDown.

This follows ISIS threatening to kill Twitter employees over blocking ISIS-related accounts.

Within seconds of Anonymous-related accounts @CtrlSec, @CtrlSec0, @CtrlSec1 or @CtrlSec2 designating a Twitter account as an ISIS-supporting account, those accounts are getting suspended.

This follows previous pro-Islamic website hacking attacks, and resulting Anonymous counterattacks, following the Charlie Hebdo attack.

One need not approve of all Anonymous’ actions (they’ve targeted Israel over Gaza) to see the elimination of the accounts of several thousand (my estimate) supporters of a designated terrorist irganization as a good thing.

If members of the Islamic State really want to live in the 7th century, they should just step away from Twitter (and computers, and cell phones, and indoor plumbing) entirely…

(Hat tip: @ColorMeRed’s Twitter Feed.)

#HillaryAfterDark: A Triptych

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

So Hillary Clinton dropped a late night tweet to address the private email server controversy, which inspired the #HillaryAfterDark tag.

Which, in turn, inspired me to go way, way off the reservation:

I blame this Penny Arcade cartoon and Llamas With Hats

“You are blocked from following @AlecBaldwin”

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Keith Olbermann was given a Twitter-induced suspension by his employer ESPN over insulting Penn State students for a pediatric cancer fundraiser (of all things) this week. While noting my own little dust-up with Olbermann, I observed that it was high time that Olbermann, like Alec Baldwin, learned that Twitter was not his friend.

At which point I discovered that I was blocked by Alec Baldwin:


I’m honestly not sure why, since I only tweak him over his anger management issues about once or twice a year. (As opposed to earning my Amanda Marcotte block by consistently pointing out her extensive hypocrisy and willful ignoring of evidence in the UVA and Duke lacrosse (non-)rape cases.) Maybe he’s doing the GamerGate block thing, or using some other block list.

Evidently I’m not alone:

Time to break out this again: