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Web users pay tribute to French journalists murdered in Mali

Today on the net: web users pay tribute to the two French journalists killed in Mali; the Venezuelan president openly attacks Twitter; and actors bring a Matrix fight into the real world.

Web users pay tribute to French journalists murdered in Mali

Emotions are running high in France following the murder of the two journalists from Radio France Internationale. Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon were abducted and killed on Saturday in Kidal in northern Mali: an act condemned by the international community and the French government. Tributes to the victims have been pouring in online.

Web users have taken to social networks in their droves, hailing the work and bravery of the journalists assassinated in Mali. Ever since Saturday’s announcement, media professionals in France and abroad have been inundating Twitter with messages, extending their sympathy to the victims’ families and expressing their deep sadness.

French politicians from across the spectrum, right, left and centre, have been posting similar messages, voicing their sorrow and outrage. They talk of a barbaric and cowardly act, and reaffirm their commitment to and belief in the freedom to inform.

Ordinary web users have also been paying tribute to Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon. Social networkers have expressed their grief by changing their profile picture to this image. The RFI logo has been crossed out with a black bar, in memory of the two journalists who were killed on assignment in Mali.

Venezuela’s president denounces attack by Twitter

On Thursday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro accused Twitter of carrying out what he called a “massive attack” on his Twitter account and thousands of those belonging to his followers and members of his government by suspending them for no reason. Hugo Chavez’ successor also claimed to have lost over 6000 followers in the attack which he blamed on the international right wing: comments that have sparked lively reaction online.

Maduro’s supporters have been posting under the #NoAlGolpeFascitaDeTwitter hashtag, meaning “no to fascist coup”: these web users are convinced the US is hiding behind the American company Twitter to carry out these attacks, and are urging their fellow citizens to stop using the micro-blogging site.

And whilst the president’s accusations have prompted some web users to take open swipes at the social network, others are focusing their attention on the Venezuelan authorities, saying they should have more important things to think about than trying to understand why Nicolas Maduro lost 6 000 followers. This web user for example says shedding light on these alleged attacks will do nothing to help those Venezuelans who have nothing to eat.

Tumblr presents disturbing trend of funeral selfies

Taking a selfie a loved one’s funeral? Yes, this is the latest craze on social networks … and this Tumblr blog has catalogued dozens of shots of teens mid photo shoot at a funeral… the pics sometimes come with jokes, in somewhat dubious taste, that don’t necessarily show the subjects of the photo in the best of lights …

Cute food for kids

The site « cute food for kids » will be a great hit with parents whose children are fussy eaters: it offers all sorts of hints and advice on brightening up a dish or snack. So you can learn how to make a teddy bear shaped chocolate sandwich, or how to turn a piece of cheese into an angry birds’ character, or how to make a fruit caterpillar: mouthwatering stuff indeed.

Video of the day

Recreate one of the most famous fights from The Matrix movies in real life … here’s the latest offering from the team at “Improv’ Everywhere”. We see Neo take on thirty of his worst enemies in a shopping centre. Performed in slow motion, it certainly took shoppers by surprise! You can check it out in its entirety on the group’s YouTube page.

By Electron Libre

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