Today on the net: anti-corruption protests in the Philippines, Facebook accused of censoring pro-Kurdish content, and Mario and Luigi partaking in a spot of parkour in their free time.
Philippines hit by anti-corruption protests
Tens of thousands of protesters, most of them responding to a call to wear white, took part in demonstrations across the Philippines on Monday, like here in the capital Manila, angry at corruption among their political leaders and demanding more transparency in government spending.
As we can see in these photos posted to social networks, a lot of protesters were also wearing pig masks, in reference to a misused fund for legislators’ pet projects, known as “pork barrel” funds, they want abolished. MPs and senators are supposed to channel this money into local projects, but often use it to impress voters and win support.
A spontaneous movement that started on Facebook and Twitter, where calls to join protests were launched around two weeks ago, following revelations about Janet Lim Napoles, the businesswoman who is accused of working alongside several lawmakers to embezzle millions of dollars from pork barrel funds via fake NGOs. Public anger has been further fueled by the jet set lifestyle led by her daughter who has made no secret in showing off her expensive tastes and belongings via social networks.
These rallies are the largest seen since president Benigno Aquino took office in 2010. He has incidentally responded to this recent wave of protests by promising to abolish the controversial funding system.
Activists call Facebook to stop censoring Kurdish content
Over 2,500 web users have signed this online petition addressed to Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg, calling for the social network to stop censoring Kurdish content. The document says the platform is bending to the will of Turkey by deleting comments and images that could offend or annoy the Turkish government, and is urging Facebook to rethink its censorship policies at the earliest possible opportunity.
Although Facebook has never officially admitted to such censorship, web users are convinced it is targeting political and cultural content from Kurdistan. In a Twitter post, an activist known online as Hevallo states that over the past few weeks the social network’s administrators have shut down several pages voicing support of Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK, currently in jail in Turkey, as well as a number of other pages displaying sympathy for the Kurdish cause.
Pro-Kurdish web users have taken to Twitter, posting under the hashtag #FacebookHandsOffKurds, slamming Mark Zuckerberg’s company and urging netizens to join the campaign to end what they define as unacceptable censorship.
But whether the online mobilization will pay off remains to be seen, as Facebook has yet to officially respond to the current debate…
Erase yourself from the Internet with JustDelete.me
Whether it’s on social networks or online shopping platforms, it can become a complicated affair; deleting all these accounts we open on the Internet. So British programmer Robb Lewis developed this site called “JustDelete.me” to give web users direct links to the account removal process of various websites, something a lot of platforms are keen to hide, and which some make impossible. And in light of recent revelations concerning the US online monitoring program, this site will no doubt prove very popular indeed.
Now trending on social networks
Pop stars Rihanna and Justin Bieber, TV series Downton Abbey, designer Christian Louboutin and also lingerie and women’s clothing brand Victoria’s Secret … these are just some of the Twitter accounts followed by the British police force. Well that was until a women, and crime victim from London made a formal complaint and went to the press about the time officers were spending following celebrity gossip online. The revelations sparked an outcry on social networks and a number of forces across the country have since done a spot of spring cleaning on their Twitter feeds.
Video of the day
The Super Mario brothers, Mario and Luigi, the most famous plumbers in video game history are rather partial to parkour. Here they are doing what they do best, free running and overcoming all the obstacles in their way… This video was recently posted to YouTube and will no doubt bring a smile to the faces of nostalgic video game fans everywhere…