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Latest update : 2014-08-22

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

In this edition: calls for an ISIS media blackout following James Foley's execution; an online campaign providing food for the children of Ferguson; and a zombie terrorizing passersby in Amsterdam.

CALLS FOR ISIS MEDIA BLACKOUT AFTER EXECUTION OF JAMES FOLEY

“This video is extremely disturbing” … “do not share it”… “don`t be part of ISIS propaganda." These are the kind of messages web users have been posting messages to Twitter after jihadists from the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, uploaded the gruesome video of the beheading of American journalist, James Foley. The clip was published on YouTube on Tuesday supposedly in retaliation for Washington launching a campaign of airstrikes against the radical group in northern Iraq, and it has been met with deep outrage and widespread shock online.

Many have taken to social networks to condemn what they describe as a barbaric and grotesque act. They are urging others not to watch or share the video and have started a Twitter campaign, #ISISMEDIABLACKOUT, in a bid to stop the spread of violent postings, propaganda and footage from the Islamic militants.

Other web users have been paying tribute to James Foley, sharing photos of him at work. They are honoring his contributions as a news professional, hailing his bravery and sense of duty.

Islamic State militants have been issuing threats on Twitter over the past month saying there will be further acts of vengeance if the US continues its airstrike campaign. But according to American newspaper The New York Daily News, Twitter is trying to silence this type of propaganda and has deleted ISIS linked accounts.

USA: ONLINE FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO FEED FERGUSON`S CHILDREN

A crowdfunding campaign has raised over 75,000 dollars to help pay for meals for the children of Ferguson, in Missouri. Students were due to go back to school last Thursday, but public schools have been closed in light of the widespread civil unrest that has been plaguing the community following the police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown on August 9. 

And as teacher Julianna Mendelsohn explains via Twitter, many students depend on school programs to provide them with free or reduced cost breakfasts and lunches. So no school, can mean no meals for children from America`s low income families.

So the North Carolina based teacher started a campaign on crowdfunding platform Fundly to make sure the children of Ferguson get proper meals while schools remain closed. Over 2,000 social networkers in the U.S. have donated to the campaign. 

The movement began on Facebook and Twitter under the #feedthestudents hashtag. All contributions will be donated to the Saint Louis food bank which has been tasked with distributing the meals funded by this campaign to Ferguson`s families in need..

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STATS OF THE DAY

The average American drinks around 600 soft drinks per year, Germany boasts 1,000 differents types of sausage, and Parisians consume1.1 million baguettes every day. These are just some of 100 facts from around the world featured in this infographic put together by Etihad airways. We also learn that 80,000 umbrellas are lost on the London Underground every year and that 90 % of Japanese mobile phones are waterproof so that they can be used in the shower.

CAT PRODUCT RANGE LAUNCHED TO FIGHT INTERNET CENSORSHIP

Here`s an original way to campaign against Internet censorship. A virtual private network has created a range of cat products from litter trays to scratch posts that feature world leaders with a reputation for clamping down on web freedoms. The likes of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-Un. The aim is to raise money for Index on Censorship, one of the largest organizations promoting and defending the rights to freedom of expression.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Imagine coming face to face with a bloodthirsty zombie on the streets of Amsterdam ... This hidden camera prank sees several terrified passerbys dealing with just that ... you can check the video out in it`s entirety on the Whatever YouTube channel.

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