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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Audit Finds Half of President Biden’s Twitter Followers are Fake Bots
President Joe Biden has an impressive 22.2 million followers on Twitter; but apparently half of them are bots. According to an audit tool from software company SparkToro, “49.3 percent of account’s following the official @POTUS Twitter account are ‘fake followers” reports Newsweek.
SparkToro defines “fake” as “accounts that are unreachable and will not see the account’s tweets (either because they’re spam, bots, propaganda, etc. or because they’re no longer active on Twitter.”
Analysis was conducted based on factors such as location issues, default profile images and new users. The information is of particular importance as Elon Musk has expressed his concern at the overwhelming number of fake accounts on the giant platform. Specifically, he claimed 20 percent of Twitter accounts were “fake/spam accounts” and that the figure is “4 times what Twitter claims” or even higher.
“Musk said early on Tuesday that his $44-billion deal to purchase the social media company could not go ahead until issues with fake accounts were resolved and appeared to criticize Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal” adds Newsweek.
The accusation put the acquisition in jeopardy, with the two men exchanging a series of tweets about the fake accounts issue on Monday.
The back-and-forth comes after Musk tweeted Friday that the deal to buy Twitter was placed on hold pending details supporting calculation that spam/fake accounts represent less than 5% of users.
“My offer was based on Twitter’s SEC filings being accurate,” Musk wrote. “Yesterday, Twitter’s CEO publicly refused to show proof of <5%. This deal cannot move forward until he does.”
“We suspend over half a million spam accounts every day, usually before any of you even see them on Twitter. We also lock millions of accounts each week that we suspect may be spam, if they can’t pass human verification challenges (captchas, phone verification, etc),” Agrawal wrote.
SparkToro’s tool also found that of Musk’s 93.3 million followers, 70.2 percent of those accounts are fake.
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