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Twitter said it has suspended more than 200,000 accounts that it believes were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong.
The company also said Monday it will ban ads from state-backed media companies, expanding a prohibition it first applied in 2017 to two Russian entities.
The accounts were suspended for violating the social networking platform’s terms of service and “because we think this is not how people can come to Twitter to get informed,” the official said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of security concerns, said the Chinese activity was reported to the FBI, which investigated Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through social media.
After being notified by Twitter and conducting its own investigation, Facebook said Monday that it has also removed seven pages, three groups and five accounts, including some portraying protesters as cockroaches and terrorists.
The Chinese government said Tuesday it wasn’t aware of the allegations.
Facebook, which is more widely used in Hong Kong, does not release data on such state-backed influence operations. Neither does it ban ads from state-owned media companies.
“We continue to look at our policies as they relate to state-owned media,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to the AP. “We’re also taking a closer look at ads that have been raised to us to determine if they violate our policies.”
Twitter traced the Hong Kong campaign to two fake Chinese and English Twitter accounts that pretended to be news organizations based in Hong Kong, where pro-democracy demonstrators have taken to the streets since early June calling for full democracy and an inquiry into what they say is police violence against protesters.
The Chinese language account, @HKpoliticalnew, and the English account, @ctcc507, pushed tweets depicting protesters as violent criminals in a campaign aimed at influencing public opinion around the world. One of those accounts was tied to a suspended Facebook account that went by the same moniker: HKpoliticalnew.
An additional 936 core accounts Twitter believes originated from within China attempted to sow political discord in Hong Kong by undermining the protest movement’s legitimacy and political positions.
About 200,000 more automated Twitter accounts amplified the messages, engaging with the core accounts in the network. Few tweeted more than once, the official said, mostly because Twitter quickly caught many of them.
The Twitter official said the investigation remains ongoing and there could be further disclosures.
Though Twitter, Facebook and most other foreign social media platforms are banned in China, they’re available in semiautonomous Hong Kong.
At a daily briefing Tuesday, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said he was “not aware” of the allegations of fake accounts, but added that Chinese people had the right to “express their opinions about” the situation in Hong Kong.
The free speech organization PEN America welcomed the tech companies’ actions and urged them to do more.
“China’s government has denied its citizens access to global outlets for communication. That they now turn around and stealthily unleash a campaign of disinformation on the very same platforms represents a new height of hypocrisy,” chief executive Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.
The Twitter campaign reflects that the Chinese government has studied the role of social media in mass movements and fears the Hong Kong protests could spark wider unrest, said James Lewis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
“This is standard Chinese practice domestically, and we know that after 2016 they studied what the Russians did in the U.S. carefully,” Lewis said. “So it sounds like this is the first time they’re deploying their new toy.”
when percy shows annabeth his achilles’ spot and guides her hand to his back and you have the physical intimacy of her touching him and also the symbolism of how he trusts her so completely that he will let her place her hand on his one weak spot. and it’s because SHE is what keeps him mortal, she is the reason he didn’t disintegrate in the river styx, and she is the reason he later turns down the offer of becoming a god. and all that trust is even before they have made their feelings for each other explicit to each other. this book kills me
cinderella marries the prince
and it’s… fine. The prince is great! They’re in love, he’s very sweet and passionate, writing her poems and songs, giving her anything she wants. The time she spends with her husband is great.
but cinderella is not royalty, her family was noble but she never spent time in those circles. She’s used to being busy, she’s used to cooking and cleaning and mending. There are hours, days, where she has nothing to do.
time passes. cinderella learns the fancy lady type of needlework. Learns to ride horses. Reads a lot.
as is normal for royalty at the time, they travel and are hosted by nobles or stay at castles owned by the king. But even that variety begins to become routine. The prince is distracted, there’s a lot of young women living and working on their route. Daughters of nobles. Younger and prettier with soft hands that have never done a day’s work.
cinderella needs something to spend her time on, and there’s a part of her thinking a couple-only trip might get her husband’s attention again, so she suggests making an old castle that’s fallen into disrepair their “project.” It was built in the time when castles were made to be defensible, so it’s quite sturdy, but it’s overgrown and secluded. The prince doesn’t know why his family stopped living there either. A hundred years ago it was their summer home.
so they go. And they work. And for a while it’s great! But when they leave for winter cinderella’s husband forgets her once again. cinderella resolves to make the best of her life and stop worrying about a man who has gotten what he wanted from her.
summer comes again and this time cinderella goes alone to the old castle (minus staff, of course, but cinderella manages to narrow it down to only repair workers and one maid). She can cook and clean and mend again, but this time it’s her own choice. She is happy.
this summer they make more progress on repairs. The workers say that most of it can be salvaged, except one tower that’s been completely overgrown with vines and briars. It will have to come down, eventually, but for now it can be safely ignored.
cinderella has more free time now. The old castle has a surprisingly untouched library, though time and moisture have damaged many of the books. Behind a collection of greek poetry cinderella finds an old diary. Very old, in fact, at least a hundred years. It’s rude to read a diary, of course, but whoever wrote this is long dead, and cinderella is bored, so…
from the description of activities the author looks to have been nobility. Maybe even a princess. She’s sensitive and sweet and smarter than she seems to realize. If circumstances had been different cinderella wishes they could have been friends…
after the summer ends cinderella returns to her husband. He’s spending a lot of time with a young musician and cinderella can’t even work up the energy to care. She does some research about the castle and the family she’s married into, finds out the name of the princess who wrote the diary.
aurora. Cursed and forgotten. She died young, they say, in a plague that also took out the castle staff and her own parents. Luckily they avoided a succession crisis, but not so lucky for the dead.
time passes. cinderella goes to the old castle again and again, even out of season. Soon enough all that remains to be done is the old tower, and the builders say they should tear it down and fill the gaps before it gets cold.
one night cinderella is restless. The princess from the diary had been fond of that tower, and cinderella is far more attached to a dead woman than she ought to be. She gets out of bed, reads by candlelight, and finally goes to walk the empty halls.
she finds herself going to the tower. Pushing past the vines that don’t seem so troublesome really. They almost part before her. The stairs are perfectly intact, the door at the top is already cracked open. As if she should have done this years ago, cinderella steps into aurora’s bedroom.
she’s as beautiful as the stories say. And sitting under her hands, crossed across her stomach as it rises and falls, is a book of greek poetry.
years later, people will tell the story of cinderella as a cautionary one. Don’t seek above your station. Don’t marry for prestige. After all, a girl who grew up as a servant once married the crown prince, and disappeared after only three years. She ran away, they say, she couldn’t handle the lifestyle.
two old women who run a bookshop together agree with the lesson. Marrying for the wrong reasons never ends well. It’s best to wait for someone you have things in common with, shared interests.
or, failing that, the more linguistic of the two says, wait a decade or ten for someone to fall in love with you from your diary.
her partner laughs and hits her with the socks she is mending.
Me: Conflict scares me. I stay out of it.
Also Me: Socialised healthcare is key to a functional society, capitalism is an inheritantly flawed system, and the government purposefully puts measures in place to keep vulnerable people in poverty.
The Supreme Court set Oct. 8 to hear whether workers can be fired for being LGBTQ.
The Supreme Court set Oct. 8 to hear whether workers can be fired for being LGBTQ.
The Supreme Court set Oct. 8 to hear whether workers can be fired for being LGBTQ.
That’s the post.
I’m really scared please please please don’t let the devils win on this
do you guys wanna see how bs ‘’’bmi’’’ is?
let’s start with a few pictures of my body shall we
(please ignore messy room i’m in the process of packing)
okay so that’s the body of someone that eats healthy, literally my fave food is broccoli, and i work out 5 days a week, you’d think i’m at ‘’’healthy weight’’’’ right?????
that bitch telling me to eat 1500 - 1900 calories a day are you fucking joking??? that’s fucking starving myself and i’m not doing that. fuck you.
Bmi was never meant to be used for individuals; it’s only useful for talking in generalised terms about a large population and as a potential guide.
thank you for your input, not many people know that. but still, an official site such as the fucking nhs recommending a full grown woman to eat under 2,000 a day is not okay!!! (Especially considering the fact that it took into account my regular activity)
calories are bullshit too
a calorie is the amount of energy released in laboratory conditions to heat water when it’s burned
so in the lab you have an instrument to burn the food and you measure how much of it it takes to heat water a set amount,
this does not in any way reflect how the body works
your body breaks down foods in different ways, for example monosaturated fats break down very slowly but processed sugars break down very fast
so by that logic something that is almost pure carbohydrate would be much worse than something that is almost pure monosaturated fat
oats, for example, are something like 95% fibre, meaning although they are pure sugar the body decides it’s not worth the bother of breaking them down so you get a small fraction of the sugar in the oat
so just going by carbohydrate [aka sugar] content doesn’t work properly either
a stick of butter has WAY more calories than a boiled potato but the stick of butter breaks down over several hours and keeps you satiated longer than that boiled potato that immediately floods your system with sugar, that triggers the response of too much store that for later, which causes a lack in your body which triggers the i’m hungry response
or the peanuts being high protein high fat are the reason why a snickers fills you up longer than a mars bar even though it might have a higher calorie count - because you’re full longer you eat less calories because you don’t go i’m hungry and eat another mars bar
and that’s all assuming that every body processes food the exact same way
tl:dr the human body is a very complicated machine and using a very simple method of measuring energy intake is complete nonsense
i always knew the BMI was bullshit but having solid proof is reassuring and will def help with my recovery!!!
BMI is bullshit and I’m so mad the medical community is still using it
I’m a varsity athlete (rugby, so let’s keep in mind i throw myself at other human beings who are often bigger than me) and my BMI is always ‘overweight’ except for the brief period last summer in which i was eating about 1300 calories a day to make myself hot (12/10 would not recommend). right now my butt looks great, and I’m probably in the best shape ive ever been in. muscle weighs more than fat. BMI does not factor in body composition, which is a much better indication f health. also beauty standards at totally unattainable so. I’m 5′2″ and weigh more than most 6ft models because of the amount of muscle mass i carry and sure I’m a little squishy round the edges but I’m healthy. so BMI can kiss my ass
This post is so good, so pure, so important
Adding on to all of this up here, hormones play a significant role in fat storage. “Eat less and exercise more” is a fad diet. Losing fat, gaining fat, and maintaining weight has far more to do with hormonal composition in your body than anything. Change your hormonal composition, and your body’s fat distribution is subject to change. This is why dfab people often gain weight when undergoing menopause or after having a hysterectomy (gender confirmation surgeries typically excluded as the subjects are often on testosterone). This is why endocrine disorders are often associated with significant weight loss or weight gain.
Another example of the BMI being bullshit: many professional athletes have very low percentages of body fat while also having a high BMI.
Joe Rogan is considered obese by the BMI, regardless of his low body fat percentage.
Some more examples of actual Olympians:
The BMI is bullshit
Quetelet, the guy who invented the bmi, literally influenced the eugenics and phenology movements. He developed this thing in a quest to quantify the perfect human (coincidentally white northern European and relatively slim, by his preference) by the numbers, labeling outliers as deviant - sound familiar? He wasn’t even a doctor, he was an astronomer and mathematician.
The bmi isn’t bullshit because it’s inaccurate, it’s bullshit because it’s built on fatmisia
Please watch this playlist on YouTube from @ok2befat (sources are listed for each video)
See, why couldn’t this have been around when I was 10, and my doctor told me that I was fat, and should lose weight? I have fought body issues stemming from that comment my entire adult life, and I still can barely tolerate how I look in the mirror. BMI is SHIT, muscle weighs more than fat, and doctors shouldnt tell 10 year olds who already barely eat to eat less.
I honestly believe using models and mannequins with normal & varied body types makes more business sense. It takes time & effort to try things on & order/return them… I’m much more likely to bother if I have visual indication of how it will actually fit me. Trying to guess how something will fit is hard when the only example is on someone much thinner/taller etc.
It’s a big part of the mental effort for shoppers, and gets in the way of actually finding stuff to buy. I genuinely own fewer clothes than I need bc it takes so much time.
Do companies not realize this?
Feeling tired but not wanting to go to sleep because you don’t want to miss the little time you have at home to relax from work although you are too tired to do anything else is a hopeless feeling.
why are the artists on ink master allowed to say shit like “i hate tattooing dark skin” like just bc you’re bad at your job doesn’t mean you get to be openly racist
indigenous artists have been successfully tattooing dark skin for thousands of years & here comes your white ass saying tattoos aren’t made for dark skin 👀
i love this. i do. and i’ll comment on it every single time. the very first artist i went to get tattooed was in Utah and the guy told me straight that color wouldn’t look good on my skin because it wouldn’t show up.
second guy i went to was in California and he said basically the same thing. Color wouldn’t look good on or show up on my skin. blah blah blah…
so months later, i’m at a tattoo convention in LA and i walk past a booth featuring tattoo artists from Taiwan and i see this BEAUTIFUL phoenix that’s just… amazingly brightly colored and beautiful and the guy asks if i’m interested and i said something about it not looking as good in black and grey and he asked why i don’t just get it in color and i said the color won’t show and he PLEADED with me to let him show me he could do it.
and he did.
and it’s fucking amazing and bright after almost 8 years now of being on my skin… all the pinks and teals and yellows and oranges… all of it. Still vibrant.
i went all the way to Taiwan years later just to get more added to it, and my leg done as well.
now, as soon as someone tries to tell me that they can’t put color on my skin, i disregard them and write them off. Sometimes (depending on how stuck up they can be) i go ahead and lift my shirt and show them my side (and now legs, and now arms) that are fully colored and vibrant and BEAUTIFUL.
and i hope it sets into their brain that just because THEY can’t do it, doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
Also… some of the people who have put the best color on me have been people who don’t normally work with dark skin (being from different countries where skin tones might be darker, but maybe not as dark as me) but they’ve been willing to TRY and they always succeed and that means a lot.
There is a whole shop of black artist in Atlanta that are dedicated to tattooing darker skin. The shop is called City of Ink. The owner is a black tattoo artist named Miya Bailey. It’s been open for 22+ yrs. check em out.
As an Atlantan, I didn’t know that and find it really awesome! Go check them out!
Hot Take: Deceit and Remus have been dancing around each other for years and Virgil left so they would get together
Hotter Take: Deceit and Remus are practically married and Virgil is their edgy runaway son who they don’t understand but don’t want to hold back
Hottest Take: Deceit and Remus are actually married and Virgil left because their PDA and gross lovey-dovey bullshit was annoying as fucking hell
I love them all but I love “Hotter Take” the most.
Deceit and Remus are both moms.
Unless one of them volunteers to be daddy
M O M.
I approve. Tell me more.
Remus: It seems we have a child
Deceit: indeed it does.
Remus: lets drown him
Deceit: Virgil, you’re old enough to learn the truth about Santa.
Virgil:..what do you mean?
Deceit: This is…hard to tell you but…
Remus: we killed Santa.
Deceit: yes we killed Santa.
Remus: also the tooth fairy quit so I’ll be stealing your teeth.
Deceit: Virgil is that age where parents crush a child’s Christmas dreams, but I REALLY don’t want Virgil to hate us.
Remus: why don’t we cover a lie up with a lie!
Deceit: of course, but what will we say?
Remus:*grins and rubs hands together*
the gasp is what sent
The gasps HKHJGJGJ
why do they even have this in their music selection
SOMEONE RICKROLL THE NEXT BASEBALL GAME’S NATIONAL ANTHEM PLEASE I’M B E G G I N G YOU
“The barbie franchise enforces gender stereotypes”
Ken is literally a trophy husband to a successful rich beautiful business woman but okay go off I guess
makin this come back around again bc happy birthday barbie u intelligent gorgeous woman
I saw a documentary on barbie once and it said that in the 50s or 60s when barbie was first made the parents were concerned because she was teaching their daughters that they could have careers instead of just being wives and mothers because she was the first doll that wasn’t a baby doll
bold of you to assume i’m here to fight
When you have over 10,000 followers you actually run into some interesting moral dilemmas. For example, I really want to reblog that post to get a picture in my askbox or a moodboard based off of my blog, BUT if I do that then I have just increased the audience of that post, thereby making it more likely that the OP will be flooded with reblogs and have a mental breakdown trying to keep up with them until the post inevitably dies, or, in the case of infamous Spencer Shay post, never dies.
Because Spencer Shay could eat Shaggy.
Yeah… sometimes I forget I have that kind of power and I reblog something with like, less than ten notes and then I see it later and it’s got over six hundred and I’m like
man i’m enjoying having less than 400 followers
hey you know that coolio skill you’ve been wanting to learn? like the strummy guitar, or how to do do a drawing of a thing? you should go to youtube right now and like, look up a tutorial or somethin 0:
But fish,,, procrastination!!!
you must refrain!!!!!!!
PROCRASTINATE NO MORE, LEARN WHATEVER THE FUCK YOU WANT
*she says, while not sketching anything*
Separation of young children, in fact any children, from their carer is child abuse, and I would love to see those who initiated and implemented this policy charged with this offence.
Trump (and any part of his administration involved) should be removed from power, prosecuted and stripped of their wealth and assets - and that wealth should be used to pay for reuniting these families and paying for their therapy.
high school teachers: if you don’t show up with a dress and full makeup or a fitted tuxedo to class everyday to college your professors will execute you
I once had a professor SLAM a thermos down on his desk and say to us “there’s more pressure in my sinuses right now than there is at the bottom of the sea. This thing’s full of NyQuil. I’m going to drink it while I teach, and when your heads are replaced by swirling rainbows, I will cancel the rest of class.”
The class ended up being 17 minutes long.
Your professor was trying to fight God
well he fucking succeeded
unviersity application: what are your three best qualities?
me: im gay i have soft hair and sometimes i cry because i love my friends
“I’m gay” = I am confident in myself and my sexuality; “I have soft hair” = I take care of myself and my body well, and put effort into my appearance; and “Sometimes I cry because I love my friends” = I have a kind and compassionate heart
there you go thats three amazing and wonderful things about you isnt that grand!!!!! good luck with those applications and live your dream!!!!!!!!
this is the best response i’ve gotten on this post so far im gonna cry i love you