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Controversial right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins has been forced to apologise to Finsbury Park Mosque after posting a tweet wrongly linking it to a police attack in the area.The north London mosque took legal action against Hopkins after she tweeted footage of five men attacking Met officers, claiming that the incident and the perpetrators were somehow linked to the place of worship.It in fact took place two roads away.Hopkins’ post – dated May 8 – went viral. It said: “Finsbury Park mosque just after 8pm. Officers attacked. 5 representatives of the Religion of Peace arrested. Zero media coverage.”Although she deleted the tweet, Hopkins reportedly told the mosque that she would be unable to pay damages if she lost in court, having already applied for insolvency in 2018 after losing an expensive libel case to the food columnist Jack Monroe.In a lengthy apology posted to her Instagram page, the former LBC presenter said she was “genuinely sorry” and also highlighted the community work the mosque has done throughout the pandemic.She said: “Having now been informed of the factual inaccuracies of the tweet, I am perfectly happy to correct the record to reflect the fact that the incident was not occurring outside Finsbury Park Mosque but was two streets away in Blackstock Road.“I am genuinely sorry for any offence or hurt felt by Finsbury Park Mosque for this clear factual error and I am happy to put the record straight.” View this post on InstagramAn apology from @KTHopkinsA post shared by Katie Hopkins (@_katie_hopkins_) on Oct 4, 2020 at 3:28pm PDTThe mosque has welcomed Hopkins’ apology and said in a statement that it was “stunned” by her accusation.“Finsbury Park Mosque wishes to reiterate its focal role of establishing harmony, positive relationships and prosperous networks, throughout the area of London which it resides, and which is renowned for its multi-cultural, multi-faith and diverse nature,” it wrote.“Over the past 15 years, Finsbury Park Mosque has won numerous awards pertaining to community work, community cohesion, diversity and multi-culturalism, thanks to its population of several thousand worshippers, friends and supporters from across the religious, cultural and racial spectra.“At a time of deep division within our society and the prominence of hate, suspicion and fear due to an array of reasons, Finsbury Park Mosque wishes to remind everyone of our personal and collective responsibility to not only speaking truth, but doing all we can to bridge those divides and to bring our people and our communities closer.”
Twitter has been hit with accusations of double standards after it tweeted that threatening harm against another person was against its rules following Donald Trump’s positive Covid-19 test.The official Twitter Comms account posted a short statement on shortly after midnight on Saturday, which read: “Tweets that wish or hope for death, serious bodily harm or fatal disease against *anyone* are not allowed and will need to be removed. This does not automatically mean suspension.”The tweet was issued in response to tweets which appeared to celebrate the fact that Trump had been hospitalised with Covid-19 – but Twitter’s approach has since been fiercely criticised by users who have faced years of abuse and death threats via the platform. The platform has long been accused to failing to deal effectively with hateful messages shared both publicly and privately, with many users – particularly those from minority groups – repeatedly targeted. Author Malorie Blackman was among those to question Twitter’s message, writing: “Weeks of death threats and serious threats against my family when I was Children’s Laureate resulted in Twitter doing bugger all about it. *Side-eyes in Black woman*.” Weeks of death threats and serious threats against my family when I was Children's Laureate resulted in Twitter doing bugger all about it. *side-eyes in Black woman* https://t.co/pKsvH1OVNu— Aunty Malorie Blackman (@malorieblackman) October 3, 2020Women’s rights activist and founder of UK-based charity Glitch, which works to tackle online abuse, Seyi Akiwowo tweeted: “Women, Black people, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people on Twitter are sent death threats everyday. Why didn’t you care then?“People have wished covid on Black and Asian communities. Why have you only released this statement after a white straight man in America has Covid?”Women, Black people, LGBTQ+ people, disabled people on Twitter are sent death threats everyday. Why didn't you care then? People have wished covid on Black and Asian communities. Why have you only released this statement after a white straight man in America has Covid? https://t.co/wjKfVvqBul— Seyi Akiwowo (@seyiakiwowo) October 3, 2020Food writer and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe described her legal fight to get hateful messages directed towards her in response to Twitter’s statement, writing: “I lugged six lever arch files to the High Court in 2017 that were almost entirely filled with printouts of tweets that wished or hoped for my death, serious bodily harm and fatal disease.“It took 18 months, £800k of lawyers, and winning a libel case to get some of them removed.”I lugged six lever arch files to the High Court in 2017 that were almost entirely filled with printouts of tweets that wished or hoped for my death, serious bodily harm and fatal disease. It took 18 months, £800k of lawyers, and winning a libel case to get some of them removed. https://t.co/gLj8wfmEDF— Jack Monroe (@BootstrapCook) October 3, 2020Other users also called out the frequent barrage of hateful comments directed toward minority groups from users on the site, with some sharing their personal experiences of Twitter failing to take action even after reporting messages as abusive. Do you know how many people on here are constantly calling for genocide against Jews or Muslims or Black people or LGBTQ people— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) October 3, 2020Does this also go for Black and Brown women who have long been and continue to be harassed and threatened with assault and death on this platform or nah? I think no. Because I see those same accounts still up. Still causing harm. Your *anyone* is disingenuous. https://t.co/NTFzc93ASs— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 3, 2020Has Twitter seen Twitter? I barely remember any of the barrage of tweets suggesting my sexual assault, violent death or execution being removed. https://t.co/Xp5iDzX4ag— Louisa Loveluck (@leloveluck) October 3, 2020This was your ruling 12 hours ago lol pic.twitter.com/67PI6kg6Mh— William Wilkinson (@willw) October 3, 2020The platform has taken decisive action against some Twitter users who were found to violate site guidelines in recent months, with Katie Hopkins, far-right blogger David Vance and musician Wiley all permanently suspended from the site. While Twitter has been praised for shutting down these accounts, users have urged the site to do much more to protect users – particularly Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people, LGBTQ people, disabled people and women – from abusive messages. HuffPost UK has contacted Twitter for comment. Related...
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The Apprentice is an American reality TV show that judges the business skills of a group of contestants.It has run in various formats across fifteen seasons since January 2004 on NBC.One member from each team has to volunteer as a project manager on each new task.The host and his advisors monitor the teams’ performance in each task.You might know that this show is majorly responsible for popularising Donald Trump in the States and introducing Katie Hopkins.The Apprentice has also introduced us to the boardroom bad manners and high-quality shots of The Shard, London.
This was not, fortunately, directed at The Register, which has been known to delight in the profanity as a distinctly English way to swiftly describe someone "possessing properties of striking idiocy".Hopkins, for those fortunate enough to have oceans between you and her, is a xenophobic, racist "Piers Morgan on steroids", according to her former boss Alan Sugar (of The Apprentice UK), who has used her subsequent fame to carve out a niche built simply on being "obnoxious and controversial"."To call yourself 'plus-size' is just a euphemism for being fat.Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look.""Women don't want equal treatment, they couldn't handle it if they got it."I've always said if you go into a school playground and shout Mohammad, you'll probably get 100 children running towards you!"
After nearly seven years away, everyone’s favourite hangover show ‘Shipwrecked’ is returning to our screens, with bosses now revealing the opening line-up.A new crop of castaways will be doing battle as two rival tribes when the new series launches in a new primetime slot on E4 next week.As in the previous ‘Battle Of The Island’ series, each episode will see new arrivals land ashore and spend 24 hours with each tribe.The Tigers and Sharks must then do whatever it takes for the newbie to choose to stay with their tribe, culminating in them making their decisionThe aim of the game is for each island to build the biggest tribe possible, with the winners bagging a £50,000 cash prize – but with the rules of the game changing at any time, anything could happen.Ahead of the first episode, here’s an introduction to the first nine islanders...
On a cold Sunday morning in London, Tommy Robinson and his fascist flock in the number of few thousands turned up to protest.Social media is the battleground for mobilising numbers swiftly and the fascists have used it to lever their agendas forward, but conversely found anti-fascists rallying quickly, in greater numbers, to stop them in the streets.But with Tommy Robinson around, there will always be a topic on Islam too.A battle of ideas in a cultural war without a solid idea on how to actually defeat the white nationalists.The far-right across the world converge on isolated struggles and the support he garnered over the past few months is chilling.It is difficult not to be disillusioned by how polarised our society is, and how frayed the social fabrics of Britain have become.
Katie Hopkins has tweeted a shocking photo of herself lying on a road in South Africa being attended to by medics.The controversial former-columnist can be seen receiving an injection and oxygen while face down.Hopkins offered a cryptic explanation for the picture, tweeting: ”(ketamine 1 / Hopkins 0)”.HuffPost UK has contacted the former Apprentice candidate for further comment.Grateful thanks to the South African emergency services for putting me back together.Leaving it all on the road, to tell the truths not being told.
There are growing calls for Twitter to suspend Katie Hopkins’ account following her comments about the Melbourne crash which saw a car plough into pedestrians in the Australian city.Though Melbourne Police say the incident was a “deliberate act”, they have stated there is no evidence to suggest a link with terrorism at this stage.The 42-year-old even managed to slip in a jibe at London mayor Sadiq Khan, taunting: “Come on the Khan’t.We’re waiting... you stand shoulder to shoulder... ‘inexplicable’ act... terrorists will never win... beware.”Pleas to Twitter to ban Hopkins – who has repeatedly drawn criticism, particularly for her opinions on immigrations and Islam - come in the wake of a week which saw Britain First’s Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding suspended from the social networking site for “hateful conduct”.— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) December 21, 2017
Katie Hopkins will no longer write for the Mail Online after her contract was not renewed “by mutual consent”.She also appears to have deleted all of her tweets but her account remains active.Earlier this year the controversial columnist also lost her LBC radio show after she tweeted remarks in the wake of the Manchester bombing that some interpreted as calls for ethnic cleansing.Hopkins’ last contribution to the Mail Online was the a tale of how she didn’t “fall a**e over t*t” whilst wearing her wedding dress to attend the Tory Party Conference.The news, coming on the same day as a Royal Wedding announcement, was almost too much for some.A Mail Online spokesperson said: “Katie’s contract was not renewed by mutual consent.”
The controversy continued when people found tweets from her past wherein she expressed problematic and, in some instances, offensive views.camp for the very same reason; and yet, personalities such as Katie Hopkins and Piers Morgan who consistently express problematic opinions online continue to appear as TV regulars.Why are online creators judged so differently?Communities grew out of a feeling of relatability and accessibility, and now the very thing that made them so successful is one of the biggest reasons for their negative attention.It's easier to judge and express negative opinions to these ‘real life’ influencers who have been letting us into their homes and lives every day.And even more so for audiences who are still adjusting their success.
After Piers claimed the singer was actually had a case of “WNTS - Whiny Needy Twerp Syndrome”, Denise found herself blocked by the star on Twitter when she took him to task on his dangerous comments.Appearing on an episode of ‘BUILD’ to promote the release of ‘Black Eyed Susan’ - her own short film on depression - Denise addressed the issue once again.Explaining how Piers had robbed other people suffering with mental health issues of the voice to speak out, Denise said: “Piers Morgan, as far as I know, does not suffer from depression, is not married to someone [who does], his children don’t have it and he is not medically qualified in a psychiatric department to comment on whether the fuck Will Young has any kind of mental health condition at all.”She continued: “What he did by that statement was... you’ve got somebody who is just about to be prepared to talk about their condition because they’ve kept it a secret.They’ve kept it a secret from their family and friends, but they’ve at last been able to find the courage in a quiet, timid voice to say, ‘This is how I’m feeling’.“What he did in that one tweet was he closed them down and said, ’Don’t do it, because we are going to take the fucking piss out of you’.
Age: Looks about 35 in pictures online.Appearance: Not to be messed with.Famous for: Her uncompromising views, as expressed through a spiky Twitter account that gained 70,000 followers.“To those people who hate the Confederate flag, did you know that the flag and the war wasn’t about slavery, it was all about money.” Also: “I’m not pro-Trump.Stop pandering it into politics.”She became the darling of the alt-right and the scourge of political correctness in the US, though she doesn’t just tweet about politics.
A woman who fantasised about beheading Katie Hopkins and wanted the leader of Britain First murdered has been convicted of terrorism offences.Madihah Taheer, 22, from Birmingham, bought a large combat knife for her husband to use in a UK attack and urging him to “kill people for me”.She also allowed her debit card to be used to buy a lifelike training dummy so that her husband, Ummariyat Mirza, 21, could practise an attack, prosecutors said.The dummy was found in the couple’s Birmingham home with slash marks on the forehead, across the throat and abdomen.Prosecutors said text messages the pair had sent each other, in which they threatened violence and discussed the situation in Syria, demonstrated that they were inspired by so called Islamic State.Woolwich Crown Court heard that Mirza made Taheer return the first dummy she bought as it was not the model he wanted.
Fraction required to equal one Katie Hopkins column still unknownReg Standards Bureau A headline in the venerable New Scientist magazine "Protons are lighter than thought" has prompted El Reg's Standards Bureau to consider the notion of thought as a small unit of mass.It was believed that the proton was about 0.877 femtometres, less than a trillionth of a millimetre.But now scientists have found the subatomic particle is 30 billionths of a per cent lighter than that estimate.All atoms contain at least one proton, which means measurements of its size, charge and mass can help answer some of the big questions in physics, notes the article.Boffins at the Institute of Nuclear Physics in Germany have isolated a proton's measurement by trapping it in a combination of electric and magnetic fields.
p Global-owned LBC has fired controversial radio host Katie Hopkins with immediate effect after comments she made following the Manchester terror attack sparked outrage on social media.LBC announced her departure with a tweet made on Friday (26 May) morning:LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.On Tuesday (23 May) Hopkins posted arguably one of her most controversial tweets to date in the wake of the Manchester terror attack, in which she called for a “final solution” to end terrorism in the UK.The tweet, which forms part of Hopkins’ longer anti-Muslim tirade, appeared to evoke the Nazi term for the Holocaust and imply that there should be an ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Muslims."22 dead - number rising," she wrote on 23 May.
p Welcome back to UpVote, WIRED and Ars Technica UK’s new tech and politics podcast.On the show today: Twitter, Facebook ads, Katie Hopkins for President of the UK, and Kelly decides whether the Digital Economy Bill is strong and stable or a coalition of chaos.Joining Kelly and Rowland are Carl Miller, Research Director of the think tank Demos's Centre for the Analysis of Social Media, and Louis Knight-Webb, tech lead at WhoTargetsMe, a new startup tracking political advertising on Facebook.UpVote is WIRED and Ars Technica UK co-production hosted by Rowland Manthorpe and Kelly Fiveash, produced by James Temperton.Why are we launching this podcast?Read Miller's work on Twitter and bots here
This is an argument recently discussed privately among senior figures who commission opinion pieces in national broadsheets.They can hardly bash Facebook for the bubble of its narrow-minded algorithms if they themselves are merely an echo chamber of identical views.But the fact remains that the underlying fears exploited by Hopkins – and other tabloid columnists who the liberal media like to see as contrarians, such as Rod Liddle, Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Littlejohn – are genuinely felt by a significant portion of the population (in England at least).Serious papers might consider that they need to find columnists who can articulate those concerns without the hate speech that Hopkins and others readily resort to.I would say there is now a lack of variety in comment.”Fleming, a former journalist on the Times and Daily Mail, speaks as a self-confessed member of the liberal metropolitan elite.
Age: John Wilkinson invented the first boring machine tool 241 years ago.Relevance: Elon Musk is getting heavily into it.Musk is going to bore a load of tunnels underneath the ground, and he s going to fill it with Hyperloop pods and soon we ll all be able to commute to work at 700mph.On Saturday, Musk found himself stuck in traffic, so he tweeted the following: Traffic is driving me nuts.Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging ... Now we re elevating Things That People Tweeted Because They Had Nothing Better To Do to news, are we?