It was the slap heard around the world as viewers watched wondering if superstar actor Will Smith slapped comedian Chris Rock across the face as part of a bizarre comedic or acting bit; one that nobody could understand.
Smith has issued a public apology which took well over 24 hours to release, and the Oscars officially opened a “review” on the matter, all indicating the slap was in fact Smith’s inability to control his anger.
Not only did we learn the slap was real, but also that ABC did its very best to censor the shocking event in real time. “Due to a tape delay that dropped nearly 20 seconds of audio from the broadcast, none could hear a stunned Rock tell the equally stunned audience, ‘Will Smith just smacked the s— out of me!’
Smith’s two f-bombs that immediately followed also were unheard. Tape delays help producers to prevent fiascos by giving them time to silence, bleep or blur content in live broadcasts and “content that could draw a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) fine on domestic broadcasts.”
But that did not stop international audiences from seeing and hearing the whole event, and plastering it all over the internet. David Mack was watching the awards show in Australia when he noticed his American friends were complaining on social medial. “I realized I had seen and heard what they had not” said Mack who was able to see the unedited version.
Mack rewound and recorded the missing clip to post to social media, where it quickly went viral. Jim Hatcher, chief technology officer at Human Circuit, an engineering firm that designs broadcast systems explained, “you’ve got commercial [stations] broadcasting under a certain set of rules and social media using another set, and you can see how easily you can get to the cut content by going on social media.”
“How a traditional broadcast is going to compete with that, I don’t know. And I don’t know how the FCC will address that either” said Mack. One radio producer for the BBC said, “Americans can be a bit more puritanical and outraged by these things.” The producer spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak officially on broadcast standards, reports the Stamford Advocate.
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Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, a veteran cybersecurity expert widely respected in the industry, filed the complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice in July. Whistleblower Aid, a nonprofit that provides legal assistance to whistleblowers, confirmed the complaint’s authenticity, the NBC report adds.
In January, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal fired Zatko and another top security official in a shakeup of that department.
NBC News reports:
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