The Dallas police asked the public to snitch, and the Dallas police got a face full of K-pop. Yesterday, the Dallas Police Department tweeted a solicitation for videos of “illegal activity” from protests via their “iWatch” app. A K-pop troupe promptly flooded the replies with fancam clips.
“FLOOD THIS SHIT WITH FAN CAMS,” a leader tweeted. “DONT LET THEM SEE ANYTHING BUT KPOP FANCAMS”
Chungha says black matter pic.twitter.com/3DwkhpcqN0
— BLACK LIVES MATTER A.C.A.B (@YoursOnlyGabe) May 31, 2020
Unfortunately, we can’t see what the police were seeing, but we can safely guess from Twitter that the app backfired.
stream K-12 the illegally good albumpic.twitter.com/QlnshVRpEv
— connor #BLM (@bittersorbet) June 1, 2020
Others tweeted photos of cops in full military gear and a photo of a person bleeding from the face after they were allegedly shot by a rubber bullet while grocery shopping.
I've got videos and images of Dallas officers assaulting innocent bystanders, but the iWatch Dallas app is down. Can I post them here instead? pic.twitter.com/sIDJIhL3X7
— ???? Esca ???? (@EscaPlays) June 1, 2020
Hours later, the Dallas Police Department tweeted that the app went down temporarily, due to “technical difficulties.” It appears to be functioning just fine now and ready for more BTS.
LMFAO THE KPOP GIRLS TOOK DOWN THE IWATCH DALLAS POLICE APP WITH THEIR FANCAMS pic.twitter.com/U9qLFbJKl5
— ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????????????? (@thotimus_primee) June 1, 2020
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Fresh confusion to start your week off right
At a time when there's a huge need and demand for credible info about what's going on, Twitter's trending topics are even more of a tire fire than usual. Almost all the top U.S. trends related to the protests today are either conspiracy theories or misinformation. pic.twitter.com/RHnU1AB7nu
— Will Oremus (@WillOremus) June 1, 2020
We woke up and smelled the burning trash from Twitter again: this morning brought trending rumours about a network “blackout” in the DC area along with a subplot about disappearing protesters presumably abducted by the authorities. The Washington Post noticed that #DCblackout was started by an account with three followers.
As for the image of flames nearly the height of the Washington Monument — that seems to be a screengrab from the TV show “Designated Survivor.” Unplug.
Nobody cares about your Bitcoin rep
Bitcoin drama is the only drama a man wages his penis on; I love Bitcoin drama. Today’s wounded ego belongs to Craig Wright, a computer scientist who had once laid a winding trail of breadcrumbs for the media in order to prove that he founded Bitcoin and then never delivered on the proof. YouTuber Roger Ver called him a liar and a fraud, and Wright tried to sue for libel; the case was dismissed by a UK court which decided that England and Wales is not the proper jurisdiction for the case. Ver has taken a victory lap on YouTube.
The best part is that while Wright’s claims drummed up no end of media intrigue from around 2014-2016, this is likely the last soul on earth who cares:
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) June 1, 2020
Wright has been ordered to give over $US5 ($7) billion of Bitcoin to the family of a deceased former business partner in a separate case.
Are Wikipedians making shit up? And a tale of Scatman
Brian Feldman investigated the origins of an improbably profound quote from the artist “Scatman John” and found an absolute Wikipedia scandal.
First, get a feel for the Scatman in the clip above and then decide for yourself if he seems like he would have said this: “Whatever God wants is fine by me…I’ve had the very best life. I have tasted beauty.”
After coming across the line on the Scatman’s Wikipedia, Feldman found that the quotation originated from sources that pointed back to other Wikipedia entries. It’s not the only possible Wiki-originated lore: he makes a compelling case for a bit of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan gospel as well.
Today in evil
Vice reports on horrific messages from Neo-Nazi accelerationists on Telegram.
“I wonder how many synagogues could be targeted by vicious anti-Semites who wear masks, gloves, and leave their phones at home while most police, firefighters, and paramedics are being tied up in rioting cities,” from one Neo-Nazi-affiliated Telegram channel. “A total theoretical hypothetical.”
Regular extremists are waiting for the president’s approval.
And related to evil, a montage of cars ploughing through protesters:
the increasing use of a vehicle, by both police and civilians, to attack protesters across the country is extremely concerning. i put this together to draw your attention to it. someone is going to get killed pic.twitter.com/r33eD7xzyb
— Matt Binder (@MattBinder) June 1, 2020