Iran Launches Its Own YouTube

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Iran Launches Its Own YouTube
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In its latest effort to find alternatives to global Internet services like YouTube, the Iranian government has unveiled its own video-sharing website Mehr in full adherence with its interpretation of Islam. While many Iranians have been known to bypass filters to access YouTube or use other Farsi-centric video streaming sites like Aparat, Mehr is the first state-sponsored venture into online media in the country.

YouTubers React to Viral Videos

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The Fine Brothers launched their latest YouTube reaction series with ten seasoned video bloggers including Tay Zonday, Shane Dawson and Harley from Epic Meal TIme sharing their opinions on three viral videos.

Viral Video of the Day?

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"Pickles," the latest terrible song on YouTube by an Irish rapper who goes by the name "Yasha Swag," is raising some eyebrows for its suspiciously high YouTube view count of 8 million hits in less than a week, especially in comparison to other metrics like Facebook page likes and share counts. According to the Daily Dot, the song had been previously uploaded to Soundcloud by Jacob Povolotski, who touts himself as a "meme troller" with an allegedly strong interest in using black hat SEO tactics and Facebook bots.

You Saw This Coming of the Day

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You Saw This Coming of the Day
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As expected, a fog of war is looming over the Gaza Strip (and on Twitter) following the Israeli Defense Force's air strikes yesterday that killed the Hamas military commander Ahmed al-Jabari and Hamas' retaliatory missile attacks overnight. As of 5:30 p.m. (ET) today, three Israelis and 19 Palestinians have been confirmed as casualties of the hostile exchange, during which 250 target sites were struck by the IDF and 274 rocket missiles were launched by Hamas militants. The toll is expected to rise as IDF reportedly began mobilizing 30,000 reserves along the border. Meanwhile on Twitter:

  • The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) took the news of airstrike operations to Twitter as its jets began attacking.
  • Within minutes, Hamas announced that its top leader had been assassinated by Israeli planes via Twitter.
  • Around the same time, IDF spokesman's office uploaded videos of air strike footage onto YouTube.
  • Twitter users responded with pro-Israeli #PillarOfDefense and pro-Palestinian #GazaUnderAttack hashtags.



You Saw This Coming of the Day is a feature series following the latest news in current events that have been on the ticking clock, as well as news and social media commentaries that are predictable or cyclical in nature.

Internet Vigilantism of the Day

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A 47-year-old British woman named Jacqueline Williams was arrested and charged with racially aggravated public order offense yesterday, only hours after the British Transportation Police issued a public appeal on YouTube to identify the female passenger who was seen hurling racist remarks at other train passengers in a recently upload video (shown left). It seems that the British law enforcement has taken a liking to crowd-sourced investigations, as yesterday's arrest marked the third case of racial abuse involving a viral transit fight video from this year.