THE WORD | Louis Farrakhan banned from Facebook

Facebook has banned the longtime leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan — as well as right-wing figures Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopolous. This action is a result of the tech giant’s efforts to rid its websites of hate speech and “dangerous” people and organizations.

Accounts were removed from both Facebook and Instagram for violations of Facebook’s policies, the website said in a statement. The Nation of Islam’s Facebook page, however, was still accessible Thursday night and does not appear to have been banned.

Facebook says it has “always banned” people or groups that proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence, regardless of political ideology.

Farrakhan’s official Facebook and Instagram pages had more than 1 million “likes” and followers before they were removed Thursday afternoon. His Twitter account, with more than 336,000 followers, remains active.

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Instagram To Launch Live Streaming in The U.S.


back in November Instagram announced its Live video broadcastinng which allow users to show your followers what you’re up to in real-time, and also let users browse for Live videos happening at this very moment as selected by Instagram algorithmically. 

The Live features live in Instagram Stories, and you can get to them by swiping into the Stories camera area and then tapping the toggle to enter “Live” mode. Live videos aren’t stored on your Instagram, in Stories or otherwise, meaning your followers can only see them while you’re actually broadcasting.

That’s the key difference between Instagram’s live video and that offered by Facebook. Is that it will disappear in like Facebook.


Instagram also has a new way to find live streams to watch – under the Explore tab there’s a new “Top Live”

check your Instagram app for updates with in the next few days  to go live or catch some broadcasts.



R.I.P. Vine

Photo Illustration by The New York Post

Photo Illustration by The New York Post

According to BBC News, Twitter has announced that it will be shutting down Vine after only four years of duration. Vine is a social media app that allows six second videos played on a loop. Although it is not exactly sure why Twitter will be ending Vine's services, there was reported a 9% employment drop in the company due to decreasing usage of the video app this year. This could be due to social mediums like Snap Chat and Instagram adding video usage to their already growing market of social network. Twitter will be closing Vine altogether within the upcoming months giving Vine users the opportunity to download and save their already established vine videos. 

Representatives of the video app released a statement saying, "We’ll be keeping the website online because we think it’s important to still be able to watch all the incredible Vines that have been made. You will be notified before we make any changes to the app or website." So vine users will be able to view vines created from years ago but will not be authorized to upload any new vine videos once Twitter closes the app. 

Vine was one of the first and forever popular video media apps to be discovered. The question at hand is: Will Twitter combine Vine's features with it's own to improve the Twitter app? Given other social platforms, the idea doesn't sound bad and could potentially grow the usage of twitter as a whole. Although Vine could not uphold to the liking of Snapchat and the new video features on instagram, Vine has produced a number of elite vine users known as "Vine fmaous" celebrities such as DC Young Fly from Wild N'Out, and King Bach.

Another Shooting in Chicago and How Social Media Can Help

Social Media has its positives and negatives. In this case, it provided police an opportunity to log what was happening and who saw it.

One of the top local media outlets, Facebook, specifically prohibits videos and pictures that convey acts of violence. In this case, however, Facebook has kept the live video streaming of shooting up to spread awareness.

28-year old Antonio Perkins was walking down the street at 8:45 with a friend, and was recording it live on the new streaming feature that Facebook offers. The gun shot rang in the video, and witnesses yelled for help. 

He was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead at 9:07 PM that night.

According to Inside Edition, investigators suspect it was a gang-related shooting since a source released to the press that Perkins was in fact gang affiliated. However, the source also discloses that Perkins was trying to be a better man and wanted to leave that lifestyle in the past.

While it is unfortunate for another life to have been lost to gun violence, social media can help not only bring awareness to the gun violence and gang-related violence. 

This live footage has become an essential piece to the investigation. Not only has it become essential for law enforcement, it can and will be extra fuel for activists, Chicago politicians, and other advocates for change to show why we need to come together as a community to combat the uprising violence. 

What we can do as a society is to not wait for others to preach to us about what we see and hear about everyday. Instead, we need to promote anti-gun violence on social media, educate one another on how to stay safe, and come together to commemorate innocent lives lost and prevent new ones.

Sources: CNN.com,  itv.comInside Edition