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Latest update : 2014-07-03

Online reaction to death of Israeli teenagers

In this edition: Israeli web users react to the death of three kidnapped teenagers; Facebook's controversial and secret emotion experiment; and a stunning video by an American photographer.


Emotions are running high among Israeli web users after Monday`s announcement that the bodies of the three missing teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank on June 12th had been found buried in a shallow grave. Social networkers have been sharing their grief and posting message of condolence for the families of Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaer and Naftali Fraenkel. 

Many have wanted to pay their respects to the three boys, and have been taking part in candlelight vigils. And as we can see in these images, Monday night saw several rallies in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and also New York City to pay tribute to the teenagers. Thousands of people joined the gatherings and were visibly greatly saddened by the deaths of the young Israelis.

And while most posts see Israeli web users paying their respects to the three murdered teens, some are urging the government to come down heavily on those responsible for their deaths. They have been posting under the #AvengeOurBoys hashtag, demanding the authorities bring the perpetrators to justice. Many, including the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, believe Hamas is responsible for the kidnapping and murder of the three young men whose bodies were found on Monday.


American researchers have used Facebook to study the social network`s so called “emotional contagion”. So, in January 2012, they manipulated the new feeds of some 700,000 users, without their knowledge, to control which posts they could see, suppressing either positive or negative posts, to see how it influenced their mood. The findings of Facebook`s secret experiment have now been published, leaving many outraged. 

Social networkers have slammed the initiative in their droves. Clay Johnson for example who provided the online strategy for Barack Obama`s 2008 presidential campaign, has posted a series of tweets, saying this sort of practice terrifies him, and a story like this should prompt web users to rethink their relationship with social networks. 

There has been a strong backlash online, prompting one of the authors of the controversial study to respond. Adam Kramer explains in a Facebook post that they were concerned that exposure to friend`s negativity might lead people to avoid Facebook, and the actual impact on people in the experiment was minimal, only enough to statistically detect it. He finishes off the post with an apology for any anxiety caused. 

And with fierce debate still underway online, Josh Constine has written an article published on the Techcrunch site suggesting studying and manipulating web users’ behavior without their knowledge is common practice. He says that when users sign up for the likes of Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn, they are directly or indirectly giving their consent to be used in these companies` research or experiments… 


Mexican web users have been posting under the #LiberenaMireles hashtag calling for the release of Jose Manuel Mireles, a prominent leader of the one of the vigilante “self-defense groups” battling drug cartels in the state of Michoacan, who was arrested on Sunday for carrying unauthorized weapons. His arrest has been strongly criticised online where thousands of web users are saying the authorities should be focused on targeting drug traffickers and not those who try to stop the cartels. Activists have also taken to the streets over the past few days campaigning for his release. 


Where do the comic book super heroes and super-villains actually come from? The site has explored this very question and put together this map illustrating the origins of 75 characters from the Marvel universe… so a lot of them, like Captain America or Spiderman come from the U.S. and more specifically New York City, others however are born outside the United States. Magneto is from Germany, and Wolverine hails from Canada. 


Add the famous Nike swoosh logo, to works by some of the great masters, including Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Jacques-Louis David and also Loonard da Vinci… Italian artist Davide Bedoni came up with this unusual idea for his “Swoosh art” collection, which isavailable to view on his Tumblr blog… 


A 360 degree view of the night sky … this incredible time lapse video was produced by American photographer Vincent Brady … head to his YouTube channel and you can watch this absolutely stunning video all the way through …

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