While Armenia and Azerbaijan fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, their citizens battled on social media

Social media played a significant role in the way that Armenians and Azerbaijanis experienced this year’s brief war. Globally, people could follow military movements, drone footage, respond to statements by authorities and discuss the events. All of this activity provided leaders with instant public opinion that informed decisions.

Whose social media approach worked?

Armenia’s leaders have long been active and accessible online, especially in the 2016 democratic revolution that brought Prime Minister Pashinyan to power. But Pashinyan’s casual approach to social media may have led to muddled posts about the conflict. And there was a lack of coordination between Armenian authorities’ messaging that provided opportunities for misinformation to spread.

Conversely, the Azerbaijani leadership simply blocked or slowed access to social media platforms others during the entire six-week period, stating this was “in order to prevent large-scale Armenian provocations.” Savvy users quickly discovered VPNs to bypass the restrictions.

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Daniel Radcliffe explains why he isn’t on social media

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Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe thinks he’d get into “fights with random people” online if he had social media accounts.

The 31-year-old actor doesn’t have an official Twitter account, and has said that if he did, people would constantly be reading stories in the news about how he got into a war of words with someone on the platform.

When asked why he isn’t on social media, he said: “I would love to say there’s some sort of intellectual, well throughout reason for this. Because I considered getting a Twitter and I 100 percent know that if I did, you all would be waking up to stories like ‘Dan Radcliffe gets into fight with random person on Twitter’.”

Daniel also admitted he doesn’t like the idea of social media because he knows it would negatively impact his mental health in the long run.

He added during an appearance

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Eddie Hearn searches for new Lawrence Okolie opponent on social media

Promoter Eddie Hearn (centre), Lawrence Okolie (right) and Matty Askin (left) at the press conference before Okolie's fight with Askin
Eddie Hearn (centre) has put out the call for a new fighter just nine days before Lawrence Okolie (right) is set to box

Promoter Eddie Hearn has asked “any top 10 cruiserweight” to message him after Lawrence Okolie’s world title fight on 12 December was cancelled because his opponent tested positive for Covid-19.

Okolie was set to face Krzysztof Glowacki for the vacant WBO cruiserweight belt before Anthony Joshua v Kubrat Pulev at Wembley Arena.

Britain’s Okolie will still fight on the undercard but not for the title.

“The search is on,” Hearn said on Twitter.

“Any top 10 cruiserweights slide into my DMs [direct messages].”

Okolie, 27, has won all 14 of his professional bouts, with 11 knockouts, and secured the European cruiserweight title by beating Yves Ngabu in October 2019.

Poland’s Glowacki is a former WBO cruiserweight champion but lost the belt to Latvia’s Mairis Briedis in June

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Right-wing users flock to Parler as social media giants rein in misinformation

Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Parler has caught on among right-wing politicians and “influencers” – people with large online followings – as a social media platform where they can share and promote ideas without worrying about the company blocking or flagging their posts for being dangerous or misleading. However, the website has become a haven for far-right extremists and conspiracy theorists who are now interacting with the mainstream conservatives flocking to the platform.

As the three highest-profile social media companies – YouTube, Facebook and Twitter – continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November – although it is still dwarfed by Twitter’s roughly 330 million monthly active users.

With its newfound success, the site is contributing to the widening gap

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Argentina rugby captain Pablo Matera, two other players reinstated following ‘discriminatory and xenophobic’ social media posts

Two days after being disciplined, Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s rugby captain and, along with teammates Guido Petti and Santiago Socino, had his suspension from the squad lifted following an investigation into “discriminatory and xenophobic” social media posts dating from between 2011 and 2013.

Pablo Matera in a blue shirt: Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina's captain.

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Pablo Matera has been reinstated as Argentina’s captain.

The trio were suspended on Tuesday for the derogatory posts that included remarks directed at Bolivian and Paraguayan domestic staff, women, Black people and insults about religion.

However, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) announced on Thursday that the players’ apologies and good behavior in the intervening years meant these punishments were now “unnecessary.”

“During the statement, the three players expressed their deep regret, reiterated the apology, ratified that it is not what they think and that it was a reckless act typical of immaturity,” the UAR said in a statement.

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The Top Social Media Apps Of 2020

As 2020, the year of most screen time per capita, begins to thankfully come to a close, it’s worth reviewing which social media apps captivated the American attention. These are the most downloaded apps — representing new downloads, not total users — across iOS and Android smartphones from January 2020 through November 2020, according to Apptopia, a software and data analytics company. 

Top standard social media apps

No surprise here, the winner is TikTok

Despite President Trump’s numerous attempts to ban the short-form video platform, or perhaps because of

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Australia and China’s new battleground: social media

Xi Jinping, Roberto Azevêdo, Randal Quarles sitting at a table: Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low

Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low

From furious insults to WeChat censorship, a spat between China and Australia over a controversial tweet has escalated into an online tit-for-tat in recent days.

The catalyst for the row, posted by a top Chinese government official, was a fake image.

But the diplomatic fall-out has been all too real, plunging an already fragile relationship between the two countries further into the abyss.

Warning: This story contains an image some people might find distressing.

‘Truly repugnant’

It all began with that shocking tweet.

On Monday China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted this fake image on Twitter, responding to a damning report about alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan.

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We’ve blurred out a part of it, but the picture shows a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan

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Argentina rugby union rescinds Matera suspension over social media posts | Sport

The Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) has rescinded its sanction against captain Pablo Matera and two players who posted racial and xenophobic comments on social media and were left out of the team for Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Flanker Matera was stripped of the captaincy and, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino, suspended for comments posted between 2011 and 2013 which disparaged Black people and those from other South American nations. UAR said the players’ apologies, combined with their good behaviour in the years since the comments were posted, meant the suspension could be lifted.

“The preventive measures are unnecessary so we have resolved to lift the suspension of the three players and reinstate the captaincy to Pablo Matera,” the UAR said in a statement. “The disciplinary process continues and the commission will arrive at a final resolution in the next few days.”

None of the trio

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SVU’ Previews Chris Meloni’s Return In Table Read Social Media

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Solving any incident involves evidence. Fans of Law & Order: SVU now have all the evidence they need about a special return, thanks to a tweet and Instagram shot of a virtual table read helmed by show star Mariska Hargitay and showrunner Warren Leight.

Chris Meloni will evidently return for a guest shot in his former role as Eliot Stabler if the tweet and Instagram post of the table read can be believed. Meloni was reunited at the table read with Hargitay, Peter Scanavino, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T and Jamie Gray Hyder, along with the show’s creative team.

“Well, we had a pretty good read-thru,” Leight wrote.

Meloni is going to have his own vehicle in the new franchise offshoot Law & Order: Organized Crime. That entry will be smoothed by appearing first on SVU, his first guest shot there since

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Police alerted to illegal Mackinac Bridge climber after he posted photos on social media

MACKINAW CITY, MI – Someone climbed the Mackinac Bridge, snapped photos and then posted them to social media last month. Now, he could face felony charges.

The Mackinac Bridge Authority is calling the stunt “inexcusably reckless.”

This person risked his own life and put people crossing the bridge in danger, said MBA executive secretary Kim Nowack. If a rescue had been needed, the lives of emergency personnel and bridge staff would have been also been at risk.

A bridge alarm was activated one morning in early November, but staff couldn’t determine what triggered it, according to a news release from the Michigan Department of Transportation. Several hours later, another alarm went off and a person was seen leaving the bridge. Local police were called to investigate but couldn’t find the individual.

Bridge authority staff later became aware of photos taken from atop one of the bridge towers that were posted

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