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After her arrest scandal, Amanda Bynes turned her anger toward Rihanna Sunday, posting a series of racist and offensive remarks about the singer and her relationship with Chris Brown.
Amanda Bynes, 27, briefly posted a number of tweets about Rihanna, 25, before deleting the comments.
The tirade began with Amanda Bynes writing: “@rihanna you look so ugly tryin (sic) to be white,” followed within minutes by a message blaming Rihanna for being assaulted by her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
Within two minutes Amanda Bynes had deleted the first post.
Then just a few moments later, she attacked Rihanna again with a reference to Chris Brown’s assault on her in 2009, claiming he did so because the singer was unattractive.
Amanda Bynes posted a series of racist and offensive remarks about Rihanna and her relationship with Chris Brown
“Chris Brown beat you because you’re not pretty enough,” Amanda Bynes tweeted.
Amanda Bynes then retweeted a post by Rihanna: “Look who came to see me!! My lover Stella McCartney!!!” to which the former actress responded: “No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna.”
Rihanna, who is known for her own feisty temper on Twitter, appeared to address the remarks within minutes of their posting.
“Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” the singer wrote.
Amanda Bynes returned fire accusing the 25-year-old of doing d**gs.
“Unlike ur fugly faced self I don’t do d**gs! U need the intervention dog! I met ur ugly face in person! U aren’t pretty u know it!”
Speculation persists if Amanda Bynes’ unrequited love for Rihanna’s rumored ex-boyfriend and collaborator, rapper Drake, sparked the Twitter attack.
Amanda Bynes’ online infatuation with the musician has been well-documented. She famously tweeted in March she wanted Drake to “murder my va**na”.
Amanda Bynes made another bizarre comment on her Twitter page, blasting “ugly ex” Kid Cudi, and slamming Complex Magazine for putting an “awful” photo of Aubrey Plaza on their cover.
“Stop acting like I’m doing something wrong,” Amanda Bynes starts in her post to the magazine.
The men’s magazine recently posted an article titled, “Amanda Bynes Either Needs Help, Or Is Trolling Us All” about the bizarre video the oddball 27-year-old shared of herself “getting ready” for a night out.
“I’m obsessed with myself on twitter. Also, my video last night was perfection,” she wrote.
“I’m so sick of the articles u write about me. I want every fake article deleted,” Amanda Bynes continued, and went on to mention Kid Cudi, who is regularly covered by Complex Magazine.
“Ur [bleep] whipped by my ugly ex who’s looks and talent have always been questionable to me, him being the ugly duckling that he is and all,” she wrote.
“U quote him non stop, then take professional shots of him for ur covers, his best photos aren’t [bleep] compared to mine at my best.”
Amanda Bynes and Kid Cudi were linked in 2010
Amanda Bynes then directed vitriol at the magazine’s cover girl: “The photo u chose of Aubrey for her cover is awful. You make people look bad, stop acting like you know anything about what men like.”
She then boasts about her own musical ability compared to the Day ‘N’ Nite rapper, whose real name is Scott Mescudi.
“I don’t stop getting followed or hit on every place I go. I’m not trying to sing, but if I did (I got offered an Interscope record deal right after I filmed Hairspray which you might know if you sat down and did a normal interview. I still might take them up on their offer) get the facts as opposed to talking [bleep].”
“My music is going to be sicker then whatever the [bleep] kind of music Scott tries to do. Stop writing articles without speaking to me first.”
Incidentally, Complex Magazine made a 30-slide gallery of Amanda Bynes’ “Weirdest Tweets” in 2012.
A few hours after the long rant, Amanda Bynes posted a close-up of herself wearing heavy makeup and winking at the camera. She captioned the picture: “Rawr!”
Amanda Bynes and Kid Cudi were linked in 2010 after she tweeted in February: “It’s amazing how good it feels when someone knows how to love your body! I am having withdrawals from a certain guy lol :).”
She added: “So turns out i prefer chocolate over vanilla. interesting.”
In his 2010 song, Cudder is Back, Kid Cudi rapped: “Wanna know about me and Amanda Bynes (Amanda please)…It don’t matter my n***a, I love them all. As long as she don’t need stupid amounts of makeup to make up the self esteem.”
British police officer Jeremy Scott, who reportedly wrote on Twitter that he hoped Margaret Thatcher’s death was “painful and degrading”, has resigned.
Sgt. Jeremy Scott of the Metropolitan Police is understood to have published a number of offensive messages since Margaret Thatcher’s death.
He is said to have claimed her death was “87 years too late” and added that the world was a “better place”.
The Met described the comments as “completely unacceptable”.
After the tweets were widely reported Sgt. Jeremy Scott took the matter to the Directorate of Professional Standards.
Sgt. Jeremy Scott is understood to have published a number of offensive messages since Margaret Thatcher’s death
The 52-year-old police officer then submitted his resignation before a police suspension over the incident came into force. It was accepted with immediate effect.
He had reportedly described news of the death as “marvellous stuff” and expressed a wish that the current prime minister, chancellor and home secretary were next.
Commander Allan Gibson said: “This officer’s behavior was completely unacceptable and it is right that he has resigned.”
On Thursday, British PM David Cameron branded some reaction to the death of Lady Thatcher as “pretty distasteful”.
David Cameron went on: “I think the overwhelming sense across the country – and you can see it yesterday in the House of Commons – is that we are mourning the loss of someone who gave a huge amount to this country, an extraordinary leader.”
Margaret Thatcher’s funeral is to be held in London on Wednesday, April 17.
Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first much-anticipated Twitter message using his personal account @pontifex.
The Pope was shown pressing a button on an iPad tablet.
The message read: “Dear friends, I am pleased to get in touch with you through Twitter. Thank you for your generous response. I bless all of you from my heart.”
A spokesman said earlier the pontiff would “reach out to everyone” with accounts in eight languages.
The Pope’s English account already has more than 660, 000 followers.
So far, the Pope’s accounts @pontifex – which mean “pontiff” or “builder of bridges” – are only following each other.
Pope Benedict XVI has sent his first much-anticipated Twitter message using his personal account
Last year, the Pope sent his first tweet from a Vatican account to launch the Holy See’s news information portal.
The leader of the world’s 1.2 billion or so Roman Catholics is expected to sign off, rather than write, each individual tweet himself.
The Pope’s tweets are also expected to highlight messages from his weekly general audience, Sunday blessings and homilies on key Church holidays as well as papal reaction to world events.
The Vatican has long shown interest in using the latest communications technologies to spread the faith with the inventor of radio, Guglielmo Marconi, setting up Vatican Radio in 1931.
The Catholic Church also already uses several social media platforms, including text messages and YouTube, to communicate with young people.
Papal aides say the pontiff himself still prefers to communicate in longhand rather than using a computer keyboard.
Pope Benedict’s six-year papacy has been bedeviled by poor communications.
Embarrassing clarifications had to be issued over such thorny issues as his 2005 speech about Islam and violence, and his stance on condoms and HIV.
Many of Americans were upset when Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney lost the election and most of them used social media to post shockingly racist tweets against President Barack Obama.
A map collected by Floating Sheep, a collective of geography academics, shows the shocking demographic of racist “hate tweets”, many of them collected from states that were won by Mitt Romney.
The majority of the tweets, as Jezebel noted, were often from young white residents in southern states.
One male user wrote on Election Day following Romney’s loss: “Ok we pick a worthless n***** over a full blooded American what the h*** has our world come its (sic) called the white house for a reason.”
Another wrote: “F*** you, Obama. Your (sic) a stupid n***** and you don’t do anything good for our country.”
Using geodata called DOLLY (Data On Local Life and You), Floating Sheep mapped out tweets beginning November 1. They then calculated the percentage of each state’s so-called hate tweets in relation to the gross number of tweets coming out of that state.
Their results showed that states like Arkansas and Mississippi were relatively inundated with racist tweets. However, they measured only the quantity of tweets, noting that a lone Twitter user could be sending out dozens of vitriolic tweets all on their own, thus adding to the location-inspired measure, or LQ.
A map collected by Floating Sheep, a collective of geography academics, shows the shocking demographic of racist hate tweets after Barack Obama re-election
The map also reveals other southern states like Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas had their fair share of people tweeting bigoted things. Floating Sheep noted that both the East and West coast had a lower number of such tweets.
The site noted, too, that the phenomenon wasn’t only in the south – a series of racist tweets trickled up the Eastern Seaboard, and could also be found in Utah and Missouri.
While it was not openly addressed by the candidates on the campaign trail, political pundits have insisted that demographics and race played a huge role in helping Barack Obama keep the White House.
On Election Day, a riot broke out at The University of Mississippi – known as Ole Miss – as more than 400 students yelled out racial slurs and burned Obama-Biden campaign posters after the Democratic incumbent was crowned the victor.
Emotions ran high among the angered college conservatives in Oxford, Mississippi, with university police being called in shortly after midnight to diffuse the crowd.
The incident began as a small gathering of frustrated voters, meeting to share their misery at Barack Obama getting another four years in office, shortly after midnight.
But word soon spread over social media and the crowd began to swell to hundreds of students, yelling out racial slurs, chanting anti-Obama rhetoric and some reportedly throwing rocks at cars.
Police were called and told the crowd to go home but their presence only attracted more attention and the mass began to multiply.
Two students were arrested in the fracas, one for public intoxication and one for failure to comply with police orders, the university confirmed.
“Disperse or go to jail,” University Police Department officers told the crowd, according to the student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian.
But Ole Miss student Nicholas Carr tweeted that the whole thing was being overblown, saying that more people were taking pictures of the so-called riot than actually joining in on the chanting.
“I was there the whole time. No rocks were thrown. There was 1 sign lit on fire. For about 45 seconds,” Nicholas Carr wrote.
“Mostly, it was 100s of college kids who heard the word riot and ran to take pictures and see what it was about. Again, no rocks or missiles thrown.”
But the school’s administration confronted students on Wednesday and blasted Tuesday’s behavior as “a very immature and uncivil approach to expressing their views about the election”, University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones said in statement.
“The gathering seems to have been fueled by social media, and the conversation should have stayed there.”
Thousands of Twitter users around the world have received emails warning their account has been compromised by a third party.
Some accounts had been compromised, but other users had received the emails after Twitter had unintentionally reset unaffected passwords, the company said.
The mass email coincided with incidents involving several high-profile accounts.
Other media organizations, such as the TechCrunch blog, reported being warned.
Twitter gave no indication of the cause or source of the compromise, and would not share details of the size of the issue.
Thousands of Twitter users around the world have received emails warning their account has been compromised by a third party
In a statement, Twitter said: “When we believe an account may have been compromised, we reset the password and send an email letting the account owner know this has happened along with information about creating a new password. This is a routine part of our processes to protect our users.
“In this case, we unintentionally reset passwords of a larger number of accounts, beyond those that we believed to have been compromised.
“We apologize for any inconvenience or confusion this may have caused.”
Some users who received the email noticed that some of their tweets had been deleted, while others said spam links had been posted without their knowledge – a typical characteristic of a compromised account.
British comedian David Mitchell tweeted that he had received the email, and that a tweet he had written publicizing his column in the Observer newspaper had been removed.
Some users criticized Twitter’s email, suggesting it looked like a “phishing scam” – a message that impersonates an official email in an attempt to trick users into giving up personal details.
France’s first lady Valerie Trierweiler has admitted she made a mistake sending tweets aimed against President Francois Hollande’s former partner.
Valerie Trierweiler caused controversy when she used Twitter to publicly back an opponent of Segolene Royal in parliamentary elections in June.
Segolene Royal, the Socialist presidential candidate in 2007, is the mother of Francois Hollande’s four children.
Valerie Trierweiler told a French newspaper she regretted the move.
“It was a mistake that I regret. I must have been clumsy because this was badly interpreted,” Valerie Trierweiler told regional newspaper Ouest-France.
“I had not yet realized that I was no longer a simple citizen. It won’t happen again.”
Government spokeswoman Najat Vallaud-Belkacem welcomed the remarks.
“It is entirely to her credit that Valerie Trierweiler has taken the time to express her regrets,” she said according to French news agency AFP.
During the elections, Valerie Trierweiler tweeted support for Segolene Royal’s opponent, dissident socialist politician Olivier Falorni. Her actions embarrassed Francois Hollande, who had only recently been elected president.
The president had given his public support to his former partner Segolene Royal, who subsequently lost the election to Olivier Falorni.
He recently told journalist that he and the first lady agreed on everything except her tweets.
There has long been speculation of the intense rivalry between the two women.
Segolene Royal is a former leader of the Socialist Party who ran for president in 2007 but was defeated by conservative Nicolas Sarkozy. Valerie Trierweiler is a former political journalist.
In the interview with Ouest-France, she said she planned to continue working at Paris-Match – the weekly magazine where she writes an arts column. – but would abandon plans for a more high-profile television presenting role.
“I understand that being the president’s partner and working for a television channel may be problematic or even fuel suspicion for some people,” she said.
Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material “scraped” from social networks.
FBI says the application should provide information about possible domestic and global threats superimposed onto maps “using mash-up technology”.
FBI has asked contractors to suggest possible solutions including the estimated cost.
Privacy campaigners say they are concerned that the move could have implications for free speech.
The FBI’s Strategic Information and Operations Center (SOIC) posted its “Social Media Application” market research request onto the web on 19 January, and it was subsequently flagged up by New Scientist magazine.
The document says: “Social media has become a primary source of intelligence because it has become the premier first response to key events and the primal alert to possible developing situations.”
The FBI says the application should collect “open source” information and have the ability to:
• Provide an automated search and scrape capability of social networks including Facebook and Twitter.
• Allow users to create new keyword searches.
• Display different levels of threats as alerts on maps, possibly using colour coding to distinguish priority. Google Maps 3D and Yahoo Maps are listed among the “preferred” mapping options.
• Plot a wide range of domestic and global terror data.
• Immediately translate foreign language tweets into English.
It also says the information would be used to help it to predict the likely actions of “bad actors”, detect instances of people deliberately misleading law enforcement officers and spot the vulnerabilities of suspect groups.
The FBI issued the request three weeks after the US Department of Homeland Security released a separate report into the privacy implications of monitoring social media websites.
It justified the principle of using information that users have provided and not opted to make private.
“Information posted to social media websites is publicly accessible and voluntarily generated. Thus the opportunity not to provide information exists prior to the informational post by the user,” it says.
It noted that the department’s National Operations Center had a policy in place to edit out any gathered information which fell outside of the categories relevant to its investigations.
It listed websites that the centre planned to monitor. They include YouTube, the photo service Flickr, and Itstrending.com – a site which shows popular shared items on Facebook.
It also highlighted words it looked out for. These include “gangs”, “small pox”, “leak”, “recall” and “2600” – an apparent reference to the hacking-focused magazine.
McDonald’s became the subject of an outburst of vitriolic hatred on Twitter when critics hijacked a promotional hash-tag created by the fast-food giant.
The critics accused McDonald’s of making customers vomit, serving pig meat from gestation crates and dishing up a burger containing a finger nail.
One fierce opponent claimed he would rather eat his own diarrhea than visit the famous Golden Arches.
Jumping on the social media bandwagon, McDonald’s last week launched a campaign featuring paid-for tweets, which would appear at the top of search results.
An initial hashtag, “#MeetTheFarmers”, meant to promote the corporation’s guarantee of fresh produce, concentrated on wholesome stories about farmers.
McDonald’s tweeted: “Meet Dirk Giannini, McDonald’s lettuce supplier, as he shows u his life on the farm #MeetTheFarmers http://mcd.to/AyvF4M”
All was humdrum until 2:00 p.m. last Wednesday when the global chain sent out two tweets with the more general hash-tag “#McDStories”.
Some marketing whizzkid proclaimed: “When u make something w/pride, people can taste it,” – “McD potato supplier #McDStories http://t.co/HaPM5G9F”
But within minutes the tweets began to go radically off message, as the hash-tag took on a life of its own.
McDonald's became the subject of an outburst of vitriolic hatred on Twitter when critics hijacked a promotional hash-tag created by the fast-food giant
Detractors seized on “#McDStories” as an opportunity to document their alleged horror stories at the Golden Arches.
@jfsmith23 wrote: “Watching a classmate projectile vomit his food all over the restaurant during a 6th grade trip. #McDStories”
One of the worst was @MuzzaFuzza who wrote: “I haven’t been to McDonalds in years, because I’d rather eat my own diarrhea.”
Followers chimed in including @nelo_taylor who wrote: “These #McDStories never get old, kinda like a box of McDonald’s 10 piece”
Social media director Rick Wion told paidcontent.org: “Within an hour, we saw that it wasn’t going as planned,
“It was negative enough that we set about a change of course.”
However the campaign wasn’t a complete failure.
The “#meetthefarmers” hashtag, which escaped the battering, stimulating mostly positive tweets, has stayed put.
50 Cent made a series of tweets in which he said he was convinced death was just around the corner.
The 36-year-old hip hop star said: “Ill be honest I don’t think I’m gonna live much longer.”
50 Cent also insisted he is “good if I die tonight”.
It came after he had a lengthy Twitter rant about the state of his career.
50 Cent said: “I have lost all the faith in the team I’m on. I having nothing left to say I will not be promoting my music.
“I’m going to deliver this album then I have a film I wrote to focus on.
“I’m not upset I’m just convinced this is not how I want to remembered.”
The rapper was alluding to his high profile falling out with his record label Interscope.
50 Cent has been attacking them in a flurry of internet messages, previously saying: “Were suppose to be on the same team with me.
“Music was so much fun for me now the people and politics involved disgust me.”
50 Cent made a series of tweets in which he said he was convinced death was just around the corner
Perhaps the reason they are at loggerheads is the 50 Cent’s failure to replicate the sales success he enjoyed earlier in his career.
50 Cent’s 2003 debut album sold a whopping 8 million copies in the US alone, and is the fourth biggest selling rap album of all time.
It’s follow up The Massacre also did well, selling just short of 5 million copies in the States on its way to going five times platinum.
However 2007’s Curtis only went platinum, with sales of more than 1.3 million, while his most recent album 2009’s Before I Self Destruct fared even worse selling just 446,000 copies.
At least the rapper has been able to enjoy a profitable career away from the world of music.
50 Cent is believed to have made $100 million after tax after Coca Cola bought the drinks company Glaceau in 2007.
Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson, had a stake in the company after producing the Vitamin Water drink Formula 50.