Labour Campaign Chief Breaks Social Media Election Law

The parliamentary rules for MPs’ social media use during the election campaign could not be clearer:

“If your website, Twitter account, Facebook page etc. refer to you as an MP (on their pages or in the address or in the handle) make sure you have either set up alternatives to use from Monday 30th March at 00:01 until polling day, or frozen the account, or published the necessary disclaimer making it clear you are not an MP during the Dissolution period.”

Yet as of 10:35am this morning, the Twitter bio of Labour campaign chief Lucy Powell still referred to her as an MP:

Within minutes of Guido politely pointing this out, “MP” had been quietly changed to “candidate”. 

Yet, in a display of Powell’s winning judgement, she summoned all of her famous deflection skills to spin that Guido was talking about her handle, @LucyMPowell, which refers to her middle name Maria, and not her bio:

You would have thought, after yesterday, she would have learnt when to put down the spade…

Those Who Can, Do. Those Who Can’t…

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Media Guido has been invited to pay £210 plus VAT to learn about the future of news as told by keynote speakers from Twitter ($1.8 billion in debt), Buzzfeed ($96.3 million in debt after 8 years), Sky News (reputed to lose £10 million annually) and the BBC (not-for-profit). Where has Guido gone wrong?

Craig Oliver v Raheem Kassam Twitter Bitch Fight

Nigel Farage has upset the old parties and the BBC with his comments from last autumn – which are suddenly emerging now – about axing race discrimination laws. And lo, Nige and Dave’s thumb-twiddling tweet doctors are having it out on Twitter. In text speak.

Why not just ditch the whole TV debates thing completely and decide it all in 140 characters. Said no one ever.

Civil Servants Ordered to Follow Superiors on Twitter

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Civil servants are now “expected” to follow “high profile staff” members and “associated ministers” in their department on Twitter if they are on the network. An edict issued today by the Cabinet Office, informs everyone working in digital and technology across government that they must follow the social media accounts of their superiors in order to make the civil service “more skilled, digital and unified.

Straight from the organic social media growth handbook…

Salma Yaqoob in Hijab Porn Shock

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Salma Yaqoob, the loony former leader of Respect, came to prominence as the hijab wearing Muslim woman elected to Birmingham city council. Yaqoob has just followed @DesiCruise10inc on Twitter, a porn account dedicated to posting adult pictures of “babes” wearing hijabs. Very adult (NSFW).

“The hijab is not about the denial of female (or male) sexuality. Quite the opposite… the aim of hijab is to de-emphasise sexuality in public interactions, whilst encouraging sexuality in private ones.” – Salma Yaqoob 

Not sure if that’s haram…

UPDATE: Salma Yaqoob has unfollowed @DesiCruise10inc

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One Peer A-Perving

  • Labour Lord’s Outside Interests in ‘High Class Escorts’ and ‘Humiliation’
  • Lord Berekely Insists I certainly haven’t used their services”

Labour Lord (Tony) Berkeley likes to keep up with his interests on Twitter. The former chairman of the European Rail Freight Association follows @EurostarUK, @RailfutureFret, @RMTunion and, er, @MidwestEscorts. The ‘High Class Escorts’ twitter account belongs to a Kansas City based escort service who regularly tweet out saucy pictures of the ladies on their books.

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Lord Berkeley also follows @rana198888, an account belonging to an Arabic “Queen” who regularly tweets very NSFW pictures of men being sexually humiliated that are far too graphic for a family site to republish.

Despite following just 240 accounts, a startled Lord Berkeley assured Guido over the phone that it was “not bloody likely” that he had intentionally followed @MidwestEscorts and “I certainly haven’t used their services.” He thanked Guido for bringing Midwest Escorts to his attention and will be unfollowing them with immediate effect. Always happy to help…

Ipsos MORI: No One Cares About DECC Climate Change Campaign

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The Department of Energy & Climate Change are probably wishing they hadn’t commissioned a “Social Listening Evaluation” in an attempt to justify a “Tweetathon” they held last year. The 45 page report published today comes to a shocking conclusion. No one was really bothered.

DECC employed pollsters Ipsos MORI  to measure the “Sentiment” around their #BackClimateAction campaign which aimed to “re-engage the public with climate change” and “make climate change relevant to peoples day-to-day lives.” MORI found that 11% of people were positive about the campaign, 6% were negative and a whopping 83% were neutral. DECC are spinning that MORI’s software must be dodgy because national polling suggests people are really concerned about climate change and thus most people should be reacting positivity to taxpayer funded tweets about it. More taxpayers’ money well spent…

Owen Jones is Followed By the One Percent

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With 292,000 followers, ageing pundit Owen Jones appears to be a big deal on Twitter. But is all it seems for the authentic voice of the common man?

Techno Guido used the Status People’s Fakers App, to analyse Jones’ followers and the results were eyebrow raising to say the least. A full 96% of Owen’s followers were judged to be fake, 3% were inactive while only a paltry 1% were “good.” While it’s perfectly normal to have some fake followers, Owen’s numbers are so high that someone must be buying him robot followers.

For comparison we’ve posted the details of some other equally famous and influential Twitterers.

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“I know that I have needed social media in my career and I owe it a lot.” – Owen Jones

UPDATE: Owen says he’s been framed:

MPs Equate Trolls to Paedos
Cross Party Call For Online Vigilantism

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An all-party panel of MPs has called for socially conscious online vigilantes to pro-actively seek out and report offensive social media comments. The group has proposed a prominent (and no doubt expensive) awareness campaign to help “civil society” […]

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WATCH: Cameron’s ‘Bill Somebody’ PMQs Gag

Cameron delivered his best gag for ages at PMQs today:

“The day after his Shadow Chancellor was asked on the television could he think of one single business leader, do you know what he said, he said ‘Bill somebody’. Mr

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Socialist Twitter Stasi Ban #EmptyShelvesInVenezuela Hashtag

The great socialist experiment is going so well in Venezuela that the country has run out of McDonald’s French fries and soap. Online dissent is being quelled by the authoritarian regime, with President Maduro’s government banning photos of bare […]

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Miliband Election Chief Wants Gong For Sex Assault Star

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Labour’s walking election disaster Lucy Powell showed what a woman of the people she is with this tweet about darts champ Phil “The Power” Taylor:

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