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Controversy after woman posts abortion video online

In this edition: controversy after an American woman films her abortion and posts the video online; poachers are using geotagged photos to hunt endangered species; and a soccer freestyler in a pretty impressive display.

CONTROVERSY AFTER WOMAN POSTS ABORTION VIDEO ONLINE

25-year-old American woman Emily Letts filmed her abortion and posted the video to YouTube. She wanted to help other woman make their own decisions about whether to end a pregnancy, make them feel less alone, and show them they are not monsters if they decide to go ahead with a termination. The video contains no graphic images of the medical procedure but has been met with mixed reactions online.

Regardless of their stance on abortion itself, many have taken to social networks to voice their disgust over the video. They are outraged by Emily Letts and question the educational value of her video, saying she has only posted it to the web to cause a stir and get people talking about her online.

But not everyone agrees. Some Twitter users have voiced their support. They say Emily Letts has been extremely brave to share her story online and does not deserve the backlash and the critical comments currently doing the rounds online.
 

GEOTAGGED PHOTOS HELP POACHERS FIND ENDANGERED SPECIES

"Please be careful when sharing photos on social media. They can lead poachers to our rhino". This sign at the entrance to a natural reserve in Africa has been doing the rounds on Twitter. It explains to tourists that the images they post online contain geolocation data, which could be used by poachers…

There is a wealth of geotagged photos of wild animals taken by tourists online. You just need to look at Google`s image sharing platform Panoramio; it hosts dozens of shots of elephants or rhinoceros, along with very precise GPS coordinates.

Information that can prove perilous for the animals when divulged online; a message a number of animal welfare organizations are trying to convey to web users. The “Mellowswan Foundation”, which campaigns for wildlife conservation in Tanzania had already tried to alert tourists back in 2012, and posted an article to its website.

Animal protection organizations say more and more endangered species are being hunted and killed, so it`s more crucial than ever more before that all measures are taken to stop this happening. One elephant is killed for its ivory every fifteen minutes according to reports, and in 2013 poachers’ slayed over a thousand rhinoceros for their horn.
 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Fashion lovers will love the @styleonscreen Twitter handle as it helps web users’ track down the outfits worn by the stars on British and American television. You just have to post a message to the microblogging page, indicating the name of the celebrity whose style caught your eye and the account administrators will find you all the information you need to purchase the outfit for yourself.
 

STATS OF THE DAY

The first living being to travel into space in 1957 was a dog not a man. This is just one of the interesting World Records held by man’s best friend shared in this infographic put together by the pet365 site. The oldest dog ever was an Australian cattle dog who died aged 29 years and 5 months. And the longest tongue ever belonged to an American boxer and measured 43 centimetres.
 

AMERICA’S MOST BIZARRE LAWS ILLUSTRATED IN PHOTO SERIES

Carrying an ice cream cone in your back pocket, painting your lawn red, and also riding a bicycle in the swimming pool… these are just some of the bizarre laws still in force in certain US states, and they`ve been turned into a photo series by 23 year old photographer Olivia Locher. Did you know for example that in Kansas it is illegal to serve wine in teacups and in Utah it’s a punishable offense to walk down the street carrying a paper bag containing a violin.
 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Here we see freestyle soccer champion Sven Fielitz in a pretty impressive display. The clip, which is available on YouTube, shows him perform one skilful move after another, and should get football fans everywhere in the mood for the upcoming World Cup kicking off in Brazil at the beginning of June.

By Electron Libre

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