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Twitter 'a dark force'

 
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Twitter 'a dark force'
[link to www.news24.com]

Berlin - Senior German officials fear that Twitter, the social networking site, could bias the general election to be held this September 27, the news magazine Der Spiegel said on Saturday.

While fans have hailed Twitter as the medium that empowers Iran's protest movement, opponents in Germany have suggested it is a dark force which undermines practices such as releasing advance information to selected media under embargo.

A law in Germany bans the publication of exit polls from voting stations until the day's balloting is complete.

Der Spiegel quoted Roderich Egeler, Germany's federal election commissioner, saying, "it would be a disaster if the survey results were released before voting stations close".

He and politicians suggested that an anonymous release of that data via Twitter might first reach vast numbers of people and then trigger a spontaneous vote drive to counter-act the predicted results.

Egeler said this might lead to court challenges to the legal validity of the election.

Exit polls are paid for by German television channels, enabling them to be first with the news at 18:00 on election day when balloting finishes but actual vote counting has not yet begun.

Hundreds of media executives have advance access to the data.

In May, two parliamentarians were rebuked for twittering the outcome of an electoral college vote for a new German president before high officials had solemnly announced that result.
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06/28/2009 02:54 AM
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Re: Twitter 'a dark force'
that sites black holing for me. must be extra dark.
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06/28/2009 03:11 AM
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As in dark chocolate?

Information cannot and should not be so easily controlled.
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He and politicians suggested that an anonymous release of that data via Twitter might first reach vast numbers of people and then trigger a spontaneous vote drive to counter-act the predicted results.
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Oh No ~ knowledge and involvement might inspire the people into action ??? Can't let that happen....

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06/28/2009 09:19 AM
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The power of the Web compared to any other media in this day and age is amazing. Great article as usual . Thanks! May your day be blessed.

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06/28/2009 09:28 AM
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Twitter just a tool, can be used for good too. If someone had the motivation or a group of people there are many tools that are being used for Evil, that can be used for good. People just need the inspiration, think outside the box.
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06/28/2009 09:32 AM
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Did your shill masters ask you to badmouth twitter too?
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Did your shill masters ask you to badmouth twitter too?
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AC I don't believe the poster wrote the article...LOL

Just like any on here you pick and chose articles that people need to be aware of, or you think would be of interest to others.

Have a good day and don't forget to twitter...lol
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06/28/2009 05:35 PM
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Did your shill masters ask you to badmouth twitter too?

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AC I don't believe the poster wrote the article...LOL

Just like any on here you pick and chose articles that people need to be aware of, or you think would be of interest to others.

Have a good day and don't forget to twitter...lol
 Quoting: Angel Girl on CLoud 9 713767

Thanks Angel! blwkss
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You could leak election results any number of ways - a blog or other website, Facebook, mass emailing... hell, even newsgroups would do the trick.

Twitter makes it easier I suppose, but if someone wants to leak the results they could do it without being quite so fancy.
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You could leak election results any number of ways - a blog or other website, Facebook, mass emailing... hell, even newsgroups would do the trick.

Twitter makes it easier I suppose, but if someone wants to leak the results they could do it without being quite so fancy.
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That is very true AC! The world wide web though has made it easier for people in general to see more of the behind the scene things, as well as organize politically.
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You could leak election results any number of ways - a blog or other website, Facebook, mass emailing... hell, even newsgroups would do the trick.

Twitter makes it easier I suppose, but if someone wants to leak the results they could do it without being quite so fancy.

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That is very true AC! The world wide web though has made it easier for people in general to see more of the behind the scene things, as well as organize politically.
 Quoting: Angel Girl on Cloud 9

Yep, unlike those tavern and church meetings before the revolutionary war, the internet is like inviting the govt in for the meeting. AC's right twitter's just another avenue for the same tactics.
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Re: Twitter 'a dark force'
[link to www.news24.com]

Berlin - Senior German officials fear that Twitter, the social networking site, could bias the general election to be held this September 27, the news magazine Der Spiegel said on Saturday.

While fans have hailed Twitter as the medium that empowers Iran's protest movement, opponents in Germany have suggested it is a dark force which undermines practices such as releasing advance information to selected media under embargo.

A law in Germany bans the publication of exit polls from voting stations until the day's balloting is complete.

Der Spiegel quoted Roderich Egeler, Germany's federal election commissioner, saying, "it would be a disaster if the survey results were released before voting stations close".

He and politicians suggested that an anonymous release of that data via Twitter might first reach vast numbers of people and then trigger a spontaneous vote drive to counter-act the predicted results.

Egeler said this might lead to court challenges to the legal validity of the election.

Exit polls are paid for by German television channels, enabling them to be first with the news at 18:00 on election day when balloting finishes but actual vote counting has not yet begun.

Hundreds of media executives have advance access to the data.

In May, two parliamentarians were rebuked for twittering the outcome of an electoral college vote for a new German president before high officials had solemnly announced that result.
 Quoting: falldown

its no darker than GLP





GLP