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Why death is trending on social media

By Miriam Shaviv, January 24, 2014

How do you approach death in the age of social media?

Avoid writing about it, is the advice of former New York Times editor Bill Keller and his wife Emma. Earlier this month, the couple published columns in the NYT and on the Guardian website, questioning the motives of Lisa Bonchek Adams, an American woman tweeting about her stage IV breast cancer.

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Police investigate tweets after Arsenal and Tottenham clash

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2014

Police are assessing whether Twitter users who posted a series of antisemitic messages after the FA Cup derby between Arsenal and Tottenham should face criminal charges.

A number of offensive tweets – most referring to the Holocaust – from fans of both clubs were highlighted following a bad-tempered match at the Emirates Stadium in north London on Saturday.

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Iran’s New Year charm offensive litters Twitter

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2013

The Iranian charm offensive that began with the election of Hassan Rouhani as president three months ago took a bizarre twist last week with a series of Rosh Hashanah greetings tweeted by the new president and his foreign minister. Meanwhile, diplomats are preparing new rounds of nuclear talks.

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BBC upholds complaint over reporter’s Gaza tweet

By Simon Rocker, August 29, 2013

The BBC Trust has partially upheld a complaint against the BBC’s coverage of Israel’s Operation Pillar of Defence in Gaza last November.

Stephen Franklin, a Zionist Federation member who has repeatedly challenged the corporation over its reporting on Israel, took issue with a tweet from news correspondent Wyre Davies.

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Dom Joly’s brutal tweet

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2013

Comedian Dom Joly has described Israeli settlements on the West Bank as a form of “brutal repression”.

During a heated Twitter exchange with Israel-supporter Ben Myers, the Lebanese-born TV personality said: “Just watched 5 Broken Cameras — wonderful, powerful documentary about one village’s resistance to Israeli settlements in West Bank.

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Let’s all tame Twitter now

By Daniel Finkelstein, August 9, 2013

I have spent an odd few days on Twitter. Well, both on Twitter and not on Twitter actually.

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Twitter to crack down on race hate

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Twitter will soon be in a position to meet its social obligations and do more to stop the proliferation of hate messages on the site, according to an expert in tackling online antisemitism.

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Fear of mum made tweeter apologise

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2013

Student Oliver Rawlings posted offensive sexual messages on Twitter — but it was the fear of his mother being dragged into the subsequent row that led him to issue a grovelling apology.

The former Habonim Dror group leader was publicly humiliated this week after sending the tweets to historian Mary Beard.

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Antisemitic tweets target Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

By Marcus Dysch, July 31, 2013

Dozens of antisemitic messages have been posted on Twitter aimed at Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy.

The tweets highlighted Mr Levy's Jewish background and commented on his business acumen at the Premier League club.

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Twitter defeat on hate ‘likely to be one-off’

By Josh Jackman and Shirli Sitbon, July 19, 2013

Lawyers are arguing that Twitter’s compliance with a French court order to release the details of users who posted antisemitic tweets is unlikely set a worldwide precedent.

British media lawyer Simon Gallant said the social media company had been “dragged kicking and screaming to comply” and that “they will do their utmost to resist other applications from other places.

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