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http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/11/patriots-apologize-twitter-promotion

 

On Thursday, the Patriots official Twitter account had a promotion where they thanked some of the followers who helped them reach a million followers with “digital custom jerseys”.

To make the jerseys the official account took the user’s twitter name and then added it onto the jersey and tweeted it. This included one user whose name was “I hate [racial slur]“, which quickly went viral.

 

 

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is it me, or does Twitter get a pass here? I mean, I get they can't police every name that gets made on Twitter, but guess what? Don't have so many names, that's on you.

 

If a radio station let's a guest on their show say a racial slur or a profanity, the station and or show gets the blame, how does Twitter and other social networks get a pass when offensive stuff gets shown on their site? 

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is it me, or does Twitter get a pass here? I mean, I get they can't police every name that gets made on Twitter, but guess what? Don't have so many names, that's on you.

 

If a radio station let's a guest on their show say a racial slur or a profanity, the station and or show gets the blame, how does Twitter and other social networks get a pass when offensive stuff gets shown on their site? 

 

Get a pass for what?

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Get a pass for what?

 

allowing someone to have an offensive twitter name  ... unless I'm totally missing something here, but Twitter allowed that name, first mistake.  Then the Pats org I guess gave that twitter name credit, second mistake. 

 

So my thing is, the Pats are falling all over themselves and apologizing for calling out that offensive Twitter name, but how can Twitter allow that in the first place? Why should they not get heat for allowing it? Where does this anonymity for Twitter come from? 

 

I just signed up for a listserve specific to my industry, and before I could sign up, I had to be vetted first by an Admin, good practice. Why does Twitter not do the same ..? 

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Have you been on Twitter? Twitter doesn't block anything. It's the Wild, Wild, ****ing West.

 

ISIS uses Twitter to recruit and for propaganda. You think Twitter are monitoring anything?

 

What's a little surprising is the claim that this was automated. The Patriots have some automated mechanism to capture a twitter name based on number of followers, and then create an image with that name appropriately sized on the back of a jersey, and then automatically upload that to Twitter with a description? 

 

Or was someone in their marketing department that clueless that they didn't read the name they were copying and adding to an image.

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Have you been on Twitter? Twitter doesn't block anything. It's the Wild, Wild, ****ing West.

 

What's a little surprising is the claim that this was automated. The Patriots have some automated mechanism to capture a twitter name and then create an image with that name appropriately sized on the back of a jersey, and then upload that to Twitter?

 

Or was someone in their marketing department that clueless that they didn't read the name they were copying and adding to an image.

 

You know man, that is what I'm getting at ... it is the wild west, and I guess this speaks to a larger issue.

 

Not sure how a lot of these social media sites and web sites in general get a free pass. Someone uses FB or Craigslist to lure a person into a trap, nothing gets said about the websites that were used as tools to carry out the deed.

 

I'm not even saying we need to regulate stuff, I just find it fascinating that some sites never even get mentioned as accessories to some of these heinous acts. 

 

A lot of people now  a days commit crimes only because they can later show them off on YouTube, or other sites.  

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allowing someone to have an offensive twitter name  ... unless I'm totally missing something here, but Twitter allowed that name, first mistake.  Then the Pats org I guess gave that twitter name credit, second mistake. 

 

So my thing is, the Pats are falling all over themselves and apologizing for calling out that offensive Twitter name, but how can Twitter allow that in the first place? Why should they not get heat for allowing it? Where does this anonymity for Twitter come from? 

 

I just signed up for a listserve specific to my industry, and before I could sign up, I had to be vetted first by an Admin, good practice. Why does Twitter not do the same ..? 

 

1) Most sites like twitter don't block those types of names...look on youtube, you'll see even worse names. Users with those types of screennames tend to get blocked/banned when their actions dictate it, not what they call themselves.

 

2) Twitter doesn't have a fan base, and it's free. So it doesn't have to concern itself with losing fans or losing money because of its policies (unless its policies cost someone else money). It will lose money if/when something else comes along to replace it, but that's it.

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Have you been on Twitter? Twitter doesn't block anything. It's the Wild, Wild, ****ing West.

 

ISIS uses Twitter to recruit and for propaganda. You think Twitter are monitoring anything?

 

 

Very true......search #Raqqa or #isis and you'll pull up all sorts of gruesome videos and pictures.  It's truly the Wild West. 

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Have you been on Twitter? Twitter doesn't block anything. It's the Wild, Wild, ****ing West.

 

ISIS uses Twitter to recruit and for propaganda. You think Twitter are monitoring anything?

 

What's a little surprising is the claim that this was automated. The Patriots have some automated mechanism to capture a twitter name based on number of followers, and then create an image with that name appropriately sized on the back of a jersey, and then automatically upload that to Twitter with a description? 

 

Or was someone in their marketing department that clueless that they didn't read the name they were copying and adding to an image.

 

Wouldn't be that hard to have a program that randomly picks names from the Pat's million-name database and puts those names into a transparent text field on top of an image, then saves the image as a jpeg.

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  • 4 weeks later...

had no idea Rush Limbaugh was a Pats fan.

Learn something new every day.

 

~Bang

 

Said the guy who roots for the Washington Redskins, a.k.a. The Most Racistly Racist Team in the World, as the establishment media have dubbed the team.  Hmmm.  I believe the word I'm thinking of right now is... irony.   ;)

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just putting this here cuz it's got "patriots" in the title

 

I love it---I have always been in a minority (usually a despised one) on several ATN-centric topics. One of those is I absolutely, unabashedly love Belichick and have always liked the Patriots.

 

 

Harbaugh questions Patriots' substitutions

 

 

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- John Harbaugh is convinced that what the New England Patriots did to his defense in the third quarter on Saturday just wasn't right.

 

New England ran three plays that declared a receiver as IN-eligible. The confusion helped the Patriots to a touchdown that made it 28-21. Near the end of the drive, after the third trick move, the Baltimore coach was hit with a penalty after charging down the sideline and yelling at the officials.

 

"It's a substitution type or a trick type of a thing," Harbaugh said after the Ravens' 35-31 loss. "So they don't give you the opportunity, they don't give you the chance to make the proper substitutions and things like that.

"It's not something that anybody's ever done before. The league will look at that type of thing and I'm sure that they'll make some adjustments and things like that."

 

Asked if he'd seen it before, Harbaugh said, "No. Nobody's ever seen that before."

 

Did he consider it cheap or dirty?

 

"I'm not going to comment on that," Harbaugh said.

 

Over on the other side, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was having none of it, saying, "Maybe those guys got to study the rule book and figure it out."

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-Julian Edelman was a quarterback at Kent State. But until he threw his 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola on Saturday, he had never attempted an NFL pass.

 

He tossed a beauty.

 

"He throws it better than I did," Brady said. "He spun it. It was a perfect spiral, right in stride, so ... we gotta make some rules they can't throw it better than I can, but he did. It's pretty sweet."

Edelman threw 30 touchdown passes in college.

 

"The coach dialed up the double pass," he said. "We've had it in for a little bit and finally got it called, and we all saw that the coverage we wanted was going to be there, and we were able to execute the play."

 

He said they have worked on the play "once every couple of weeks, but I practice it in the back yard with Danny all the time. We've been secretly practicing that for a while."

 

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"You've got to give credit to them, they have a good offense. These guys have been doing this for years," Flacco said of the Patriots. "They don't panic, they just play the game and keep at it, keep at it.

 

 

more at link

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/harbaugh-questions-patriots-substitutions/ar-AA81s9H

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If I saw it right this morning, was Gronkowski declared an ineligible receiver? And if he was, shouldn't he have been flagged for illegal man downfield? I saw him go out for the pass or did CBSSN highlight the wrong player?

I saw it again. They did highlight the wrong guy. It was Vereen that was ineligible. Ok. I see it now.

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just putting this here cuz it's got "patriots" in the title

I love it---I have always been in a minority (usually a despised one) on several ATN-centric topics. One of those is I absolutely, unabashedly love Belichick and have always liked the Patriots.

Harbaugh questions Patriots' substitutions

more at link

http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/harbaugh-questions-patriots-substitutions/ar-AA81s9H

If Belichick cannot cheat, then he can still be cheap.

NFL should amend the rules, like they did for Shanny's cheap o-lines.

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