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Latest update : 2014-06-08

NGO asks Facebook to give away money from pro-Assad ads

In this edition: the NGO "The Syria Campaign" challenging Facebook; Spanish web users’ calling for an end to the monarchy; and a sax playing surfer …

NGO ASKS FACEBOOK TO GIVE AWAY MONEY FROM PRO-ASSAD ADS

The NGO “The Syria Campaign” is calling on Facebook to give away the money it received for running adverts over a several week period promoting Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s campaign for re-election on June 3rd, and it has launched a purpose built website to help garner support and raise awareness. 

The platform`s called "ads for dictators" and is mocked up to look like the Facebook welcome page. It contains an online petition addressed to the social network`s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to give the money paid by al-Assad’s campaign team to aid agencies working to help Syrian refugees. 

And to make sure the message is heard by the widest audience possible; the NGO is also sharing these posters and photo-montages on the web criticizing Facebook, saying it has done business with a dictator who is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. 

And it seems the campaign has already gained significant ground with a growing number of messages being relayed on social media exerting pressure on Mark Zuckerberg. Web users are saying the only honorable thing for Facebook to do is to hand over all the money received as payment for the pro-Assad ads to victims of the Syrian conflict.

SPAIN: WEB USERS CALL TO END THE MONARCHY

As we can see from these pieces of amateur video footage filmed in Madrid, Grenada and Zaragoza, tens of thousands of people joined rallies in some of Spain`s largest cities on Monday following the abdication of King Juan Carlos. Protesters are calling for an end to the monarchy, and are making great use of the web to coordinate the demonstrations. 

Many Spaniards have taken to Twitter to share messages urging their fellow citizens to protest against the country`s political system. The campaign is backed by Spain`s “indignants” movement which has set up a website detailing the various meeting points.

The opposition movement is active on the streets and also online. Many have been posting to social networks under the hashtag “The Third Republic” sharing their grievances. Activists say the monarchy is outdated and are calling for an immediate referendum on whether or not to keep it. There is an online petition supporting this, which has already drawn over 320 000 signatures. 

Talking to the BBC, journalist Noemi Hernandez said its young people – who are more active on social media –spearheading the opposition movement. And according to a poll published by Spanish newspaper “Publico” it seems there’s a strong Republican presence online. 87 % of Spanish web users questioned said they think Spain should return to a Republic. 

NOW TRENDING ON SOCIAL NETWORKS

Hundreds of web users have been posting under the #NotHappy hashtag criticizing the Pharrell Williams front cover for July`s UK edition of Elle magazine on which he`s wearing an American feather headdress. Social networkers have been voicing their anger over the lack of respect towards the Native American community and their culture. He has since issued a statement apologizing to all those he may have offended.

STATS OF THE DAY

330 new Twitter accounts are created and over 171,000 tweets are published every 30 seconds …this infographic was put together by the site pennystocks.la and looks at data generation in real time. We also learn that 30 seconds will see 138,000 Google searches, and around 1 million 650,000 Facebook posts… 

FRANCE: PETITION TO MAKE JULY 15TH A NATIONAL HOLIDAY

Journalists from French sports daily "l’Equipe" started a petition on the paper`s online edition this week. It’s calling for 15th of July to be made a public holiday if France wins the Football World Cup in the July 13th final. Web users are urged to sign the doc as soon as possible and its proving pretty popular so far, with over 4,000 signatures and counting in less than a week. 

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Saxophone player and keen surfer Reggie Padilla decided to take his musical talents to the waves … no mean feat, and you can enjoy his performance in this video recently uploaded to YouTube. 

By Electron Libre

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