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Macron : the new target of Trump’s tweets

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Trump’s violent tweets against Macron. Source : vanityfair.com

 

“The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France, 26%, and an unemployment rate of almost 10%. He was just trying to get onto another subject. By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!… MAKE FRANCE GREAT AGAIN”

Those are the violent words tweeted by the 45th president of the United States on Tuesday.

Last week end, Donald Trump was invited by Emmanuel Macron, along with more than 70 Heads of States, for the ceremony of the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I.

However, because of the rain, the American president decided to cancel a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, where the Battle of Belleau Wood was fought. Despite the weather, other leaders in Paris managed to visit world war cemeteries. The grandson of Winston Churchill even called Trump “pathetic”. Even if he followed his visit to the Suresnes American Cemetery, the first-cancelled visit generated buzz. Calling on a new “fake news”, the American president has tried to deny the media’s version. 

Moreover, Macron’s speech at the ceremony was perceived as a reproach of Trump’s “America First” foreign policy, although he has never mentioned him by name. Donald Trump responded via Twitter to Mr. Macron’s denunciation of nationalism and his will to create a European Army in order to defend the continent against cyberattacks. 

The relationship of the two presidents which was once rather friendly, now seems deteriorated. 

The Elysée has refused to comment Donald Trump’s tweets. 

 

Elena Oliveri, IEJ 3F G2

Twitter introduces 280-character count to all users

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From today on, you can tweet messages with 280 characters in the blue bird application. A change that upsets the rule of this social network.

That’s it ! Welcome to the 280 signs on Twitter. The update is being introduced to all users today, after the test in September. The blue bird said that its objective was to lengthen the messages while ensuring their brevity. Twitter’s team has concluded: “This is what makes Twitter, Twitter”.
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The change is available in all 40 languages Twitter operates in. In some of them, the new parameter is judged as necessary by the Network, like latin languages, which present longer words, as opposed to Asian languages (Corean, Chinese) where the words are shorter.

This update seeks to revive the application since it has lost about 20 million dollars in the last quarter, and the number of users is not exceeding 330 million…

Many critics on the network

An avalanche of contesting tweets appeared on the social network, whose DaShanne Stokes has attacked Donald Trump, describing the length of tweets as one more weapon.

So, what are you waiting for to tweet ?

 

Marine SABOURIN, IEJ 2B

Donald Trump’s account deactivated

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Donald Trump’s Twitter account was shut down for 11 minutes yesterday. This move was made by an employee of the social network who decided, on his last day of work, to disactivate the president’s account.

It wasn’t the first time Twitter was called to suspend the account due to Trump’s menaces and provocations to South Korea, among others. But it had never been done before, and Twitter government tweeted explaining it was a “human error by a Twitter employee”. According to them, a full internal review is being held to prevent this kind of accidents. Donald Trump immediately tweeted about a “rogue employee” taking down his account. “I guess the word must finally be getting out-and having an impact,” he said.

For the moment we don’t have any information about this employee, but Twitter universe has gone crazy about him, congratulating and saluting his (or her) action. Many jokes and “memes” had been on point, like the mysterious employee could possibly be Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. Some also imagined how legendary his exit would have be, and others think the employee should not be fired, but promoted. One thing is sure: this is now an event that’s going to remain in Twitter history.

 

Naomi Barki, IEJ 3E

Trump back in the turmoil

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This Tuesday on the Senate floor, two senators accused Donald Trump of being  “a danger for the democracy”.

In their opinion, the president of the US is debasing U.S politics and the country’s standing abroad.

Jeff Flake and Bob Corker made a public criticism about Trump. They chose to speak about Trump’s style of governing in an emotional speech. They described his American politics with rude terms like “Reckless”, “outrageous” and “undignified”.

After this humiliation, Trump replies obviously on Twitter. He accused them of supporting Democratic priorities. Also the president of the U.S made fun of Corker. He used his dismissal as “little Bob Corker”.

Those two senators also say that they wanted Trump to “act like a president of the United States but that’s not going to be the case apparently”. This rebellion could cause trouble for Trump’s legislative agenda.

On one side, Flake announced that he would leave politics when his term ends in early 2019. On the other side, Corker is not running for re-election in Tennessee. So they just decided to speak openly because they didn’t care anymore about voters’ reactions.

Suruthi SRIKUMAR

 

The Microsoft’s A.I. becomes racist

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Microsoft’s new artificial intelligence device went off the rails on the social media Twitter. In less than 24 hours, the chatbot “Tay” learned to be racist, sexist, pro-Trump and a little bit nazi-friendly.

The A.I. behind the chatbot was supposed to get smarter the more people talked to it. Tay is able to understand the questions people ask her and to adjust her answers according to her latest conversations. Some jokers decided to spam her with racist and misogynist messages and the result is creepy.

 

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The nazis were “super cool”, “feminists should burn in hell” and “Hitler was right”. It’s just a glimpse of what Tay was saying on Twitter.

Microsoft have decided to erase all those borderline tweets and everything she learned in the last 24 hours before her creators blocked the Twitter account. Let’s hope that the A.I. in the future will not follow her example…

 

Mickel Sautereau, IEJ 1BIS

Beginning of crisis in Twitter

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Twitter in crisis

The social network is losing momentum after the publication, yesterday, of its quarterly results. The losses reach 175.5 million dollars over one year. Moreover, the growth, calculated by the number of users of the network, is slowing down.

After publication of these results, the shares of Twitter lost more than 10% on the stock exchange. For the fourth quarter, Twitter hopes to reach income between 440 million dollars and 450 million dollars for an annual turnover from 1,365 billions to 1,375 billions dollars.

“We have to continue to grow our monthly active users and make it increasingly a daily use case for them,” said Dick Costolo, Twitter’s chief executive, during a webcast with investors to discuss the financial results. “It’s more critical than ever to increase our overall pace of execution.”

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Dick Costolo – Twitter’s chief executive

To resume:

  • The turnover is fixed at 361.2 million dollars against 168.58 million dollars one year ago.
  • The net loss reaches 175.46 million dollars against 64.6 million dollars one year ago.
  • Users’ average monthly active views reach 284 million dollars (rising by 23% in one year)
  • The advertising incomes reach 1.77 dollars for one thousand timelines sights.

All these numbers are bad news for Twitter, which arrived on the stock exchange one year ago.

Antoine Deiana, IEJ3E