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Twitter blocks 'blasphemous' tweets in Pakistan

In this edition: Twitter blocks tweets deemed "blasphemous" in Pakistan; Tunisians turn to selfies to campaign for cleaner streets; and an incredibly lifelike pencil drawing.

TWITTER BLOCKS "BLASPHEMOUS" TWEETS IN PAKISTAN

Last week Twitter granted the authorities` request to block certain posts that had been deemed blasphemous. The news was reported by the site “Chilling Effects” which explains the blocking of these tweets, in line with the country-specific censorship policy, is the first time the social network has agreed to withhold content in Pakistan. There has been lively reaction online …

Many have taken to the web to voice their outrage. They are appalled Twitter is now blocking Internet content in Pakistan; they say the policy is ridiculous and the powers that be at the microblogging site are violating the right to freedom of expression for web users in Pakistan. 

Some web users have shared concerns over the lack of clarity over what is considered blasphemous. The people who wrote these Twitter posts for example are asking who defines blasphemous? They fear the Pakistani government could well go on to exercise online censorship for anything it deems offensive.

Fears partly fueled by the fact this isn’t the first time Pakistan has taken steps to control online content. Web users were denied access to video sharing platform YouTube at the end of 2012. The ban, which remains in force, came after the anti-Islam film “Innocence of Muslims” was posted online.

"TRASH SELFIE" CAMPAIGN CALLS FOR A CLEANER TUNISIA

The administrators of the "Selfie Poubella" Facebook page are asking web users to pose for selfies in areas covered in garbage and upload the picture to the social network. The aim is to raise awareness about the growing waste problem in Tunisia, to show the harsh reality, and prompt the authorities to take action. 

The online movement is proving pretty popular so far; hundreds of trash selfies have been posted to the page in less than a week. The images are generally uploaded along with the #SelfiePoubella hashtag and the name of the litter-lined street or area in which they were taken. 

The Internet campaign is directly targeting the Tunisian government which recently announced a series of some fifty measures intending to tackle the problem of waste management in Tunisia. 

But it seems the authorities have perhaps promised more than they can deliver, and so citizens have taken matters into their own hands and are organizing street cleaning programs. Residents of Om Laarayès and Redeyef for example turned out en masse to deal with the garbage problems in their neighborhoods. A collaborative platform called “Mrigla” has also been set up; it provides details of the worst problem areas, and urges the public authorities to clean them up as soon as possible. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

A new trend has hit Japanese social networks – taking a selfie whilst moving your head … and as we can see from this selection of some of the pics doing the rounds online, the resulting photo is generally blurred … its one way of adding a new twist to the selfie craze which emerged a few years ago, and remains ever popular … 

PHOTOGRAPHER REVEALS THE LONELY SIDE OF SUPERHEROES

In this collection entitled "The Quest for Absolute", French photographer Benoît Lapray reveals the lonely side of superheroes, suggesting super powers often come with drawbacks… the pics are available on the artist`s website and show Thor, Spiderman, Captain America and Superman for example contemplating life amid stunning natural landscapes… 

MCDONALD’S LAUNCHES CROWDSOURCING BURGER DESIGN CAMPAIGN

McDonald`s UK has launched a crowdsourcing campaign, called “My burger” inviting web users to design original new burgers. Fast food fans can choose from 80 ingredients and use them to concoct a new sandwich which will be added to the chain`s menus. The entries will be submitted to a public online vote, and a panel of experts, and the winning burger will be served in McDonald’s restaurants across the UK from October onwards.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

This time-lapse video shows American artist Xiaonan drawing an extremely lifelike portrait of Ayra Stark, one of the main characters in the hit series “Game of Thrones”. He has used white pencil on black paper and the video is available to view in its entirety on “The Portait Art” Vimeo page.

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