Tag Archive for Twitter

Supplement industry is manufacturing controversy over NY action

Recall earlier in February, the New York state Attorney General took some unprecedented action against retailers selling dietary supplements. Well, the supplement industry folks didn’t like this too much and, as they will, they took up a social media campaign to Twitter-harass the officials. Tim Farley found out that they were less than forthright with…

Chopra trolling on Twitter?

@Krelnik does it again. He digs into the data and finds some interesting revelations about one of the most annoying people on Twitter. What’s up with Chopra? Misleading posts in Deepak Chopra’s Twitter feed verge on trolling | Skeptical Software Tools. Susan Gerbic contacted me the other day. She was confused by an unsolicited message…

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No clues to time travel found on social media

An interesting idea that blows my mind. Time travellers do not use Twitter, scientists find – Telegraph. Researchers predicted that if humans in the future had discovered a way to visit the past they might leave clues on websites like Twitter and Facebook by inadvertently mentioning events which had not yet happened. Astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff…

BBC Newsnight’s anti-trolling fail (Update: Reporter gone)

Sometimes stuff occurs on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and various online places that we might miss if we aren’t paying attention. But, since we cover questionable claims here, we decided to document this horrendous job of reported done by BBC Newsnight about online trolling that featured a script called the Block Bot. Here is the backstory…

Advertiser promotes event with chupacabra contest

Everyone jump on the cryptid contest bandwagon! Cricket Wireless offers bounty for legendary creature’s safe capture Friday | Cricket Wireless. Cricket Wireless is offering a $100,000 bounty for the safe capture of the yet-to-be-discovered by science “Chupacabra” during the 2013 El Chupacabra de San Antonio 5K and 10K on Friday, July 26. If the Chupacabra…

Psychic fishes for Twitter followers with unspecific disaster predictions for Japan

This is an excellent article that takes down a “psychic” who sounds rather desperate to gain Twitter followers in Japan. Self-styled ‘King of Psychics’ predicts major disaster for Japan, asks for new Twitter followers | RocketNews24. Japan’s Twitterverse is abuzz with the news that US-born psychic Ron Bard has predicted a huge natural disaster in Japan…

Twitter rumors of planned shootings in Alabama kept kids home

Yesterday was a painful day. As a parent, it’s extremely difficult to imagine anything worse than the Connecticut shooting. Before the news came out, this story was in the queue… Shooting rumors kept more than 1,000 Huntsville, county students out of class Wednesday More than 1,000 students were absent Wednesday at two schools following rumors…

Tweeting occupants of interplanetary craft

Nat Geo’s pulls a publicity stunt to promote their new UFO show. Possible alien message to get reply from humanity | Fox News. If there’s something you’d like to say to aliens, now’s your chance. The Wow! signal, a mysterious radio transmission detected in 1977 that may or may not have come from extraterrestrials, is…

No, Twitter is not being anti-atheist.

There is no #AntiAtheistCampaign on Twitter. It’s just a crackdown on spam. « Skeptical Software Tools. I happened to stumble across a few Tweets yesterday that contained the hashtag #AntiAtheistCampaign. Hashtags are often used to organize on Twitter. This appeared to be some people organizing against some sort of oppression against certain Twitter accounts. Was…

In death, Christopher Hitchens proves a point

  Christopher Hitchens’ ‘God Is Not Great’ Trends… | Gather. A Twitter hashtag meant as a tribute to Christopher Hitchens has turned into a mini religious war, with Christian users of the site threatening violence against anyone using the tag. The hashtag #GodIsNotGreat began trending internationally shortly after the sad announcement that Hitchens had passed…