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Latest update : 2014-04-17

Nigerian web users call for end to violence

In this edition: Nigerian web users call for an end to violence; a video of a toddler smoking marijuana sparks massive outrage; and a web user adds some excitement to pro golf tournaments.

NIGERIAN WEB USERS CALL TO END VIOLENCE

A bomb blast in the capital Abuja on Monday that left dozens dead, and the kidnapping of more than 100 school girls in Nigeria`s north-eastern Borno state on Tuesday …there has been no claim of responsibility for the two successive terrorist attacks so far although authorities blame Islamist terror group Boko Haram. This fresh outbreak of violence has become a popular topic for discussion on social networks.

Hundreds of Nigerians have taken to Twitter reacting to these tragic events under the #AbujaBombBlast and #BornoGirls hashtags, with messages of solidarity and condolence for victims and their loved ones. They are also calling for calm, saying the current situation is extremely alarming; some are urging the authorities to declare a state of emergency.

And while many feel powerless to do anything about the violence in Nigeria, a growing number of web users are putting forward suggestions, trying to find ways of tackling terrorism. They have been posting under the #CitizenSolutionToEndTerrorism hashtag, with their thoughts on what the country should do; implement a network of surveillance cameras in big cities for example or set up a citizen militia tasked with assisting Nigeria`s security services.

TODDLER SMOKING MARIJUANA VIDEO SPARKS OUTRAGE ONLINE

This video uploaded to Vine on April 8th by a user who goes under the online pseudonym “Chief Smokes” appears to show a toddler smoking a joint of marijuana, handed to him by an adult hand, with an adult voice or voices laughing hysterically in the background. The clip lasts several seconds, has been shared over 12,000 times on the social network and sparked widespread outrage online.

Shocked web users have flocked to Twitter, disgusted that someone could give a baby drugs. They are calling on the authorities to track down the person who posted the video online and take the little boy away from his parents and find him a safe environment to live in.

A discussion on America`s Reddit forum has generated hundreds of comments, some participants are even looking for clues in a bid to identify the people responsible for the video. One of them has even passed on the video to California`s child protection services.

This isn`t the first time a video of this nature has appeared on the web. Back in 2010, a woman from Ohio posted a video of her daughter smoking pot, as did another American mother in March 2013. The stories ignited a firestorm of controversy at the time and the women responsible were arrested and their children were taken into care.

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American web users have been posting under the #CancelNancyGrace hashtag urging US TV network CNN to drop Nancy Grace. They are angry over comments made by the journalist following the death of professional wrestler James Hellwig aka Ultimate Warrior last week. She implied he died of steroid abuse. Fans of the late athlete say her claims are completely unfounded and she should be punished for skewing information and starting rumours without checking her facts first. 

FAIL OF THE DAY

On Monday, US Airlines accidently posted an explicit photo from its official Twitter account in response to a customer complaint. The image was removed an hour later but it stayed online long enough for web users to notice… the airline has tweeted an apology, but the error has made it a laughing stock with social networkers poking fun at those running the US Airlines Twitter account. 

SEE EVERY SELFIE POSTED ON INSTAGRAM IN REAL TIME

The selfie craze continues and is as popular as ever, so three developers from the US have created the “Selfeed” platform which displays real-time updates of the #selfie tag on Instagram. It`s fascinating viewing indeed, a fast paced change of images which helps visualize the scale of this worldwide contemporary social phenomenon.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Web user Simon Conner found televised pro golf tournaments a little bit boring and so he found a way to make them more exciting… by adding a “crazy golf” element. With the help of some image editing software, he has made some fun changes to this video, which you can check out in its entirety on YouTube.

By Electron Libre

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