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Iran plane crash: Social media users quick to place blame – Global News

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On Thursday afternoon, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed the nation, saying that intelligence from multiple sources indicates an Iranian surface-to-air missile likely downed the Ukraine International Airlines flight that crashed outside Tehran, killing all 176 people on board, including 138 people who were headed to Canada.

Trudeau would not speculate on what Canada’s reaction to Iran would be, saying that a response would need to start with a “clear understanding” of what had occurred.

There was an almost immediate outburst of anguish and accusations on social media, with some fingers pointed squarely at U.S. President Donald Trump and the American military.


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A large portion of online blame fell to Trump, with people positing that were it not for the Jan. 3 U.S. airstrike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani — the architect of the country’s regional security strategy — UIA Flight 752 would not have been struck by the missile and the lives of the 63 Canadians, 82 Iranians and 11 Ukrainians would have been spared.

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Pentagon sources said that Iran’s missile defence system was likely active at the time due to the recent retaliatory missile attack on U.S. forces in Iraq. The plane crash took place mere hours after Iran fired missiles at a joint American-Iraqi army base.

Miatta Fahnbulleh, chief executive of the New Economics Foundation, said that the British government made a “mistake” in failing to condemn Trump’s actions in Iran.






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“This is yet another example of Trump being cavalier, reckless, thoughtless and impulsive and it’s put all of us in danger,” she said in an interview with the BBC.

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Pete Buttigieg, a Democratic candidate running for U.S. president, echoed that sentiment.

“Innocent civilians are now dead because they were caught in the middle of an unnecessary and unwanted military tit for tat,” he tweeted.


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Others argued that Trump was not to blame, instead saying the Iranian regime and its actions in the past justified military retribution. Lines were clearly drawn on social media, with the left leaning towards Trump-blaming and the right defending the president.

Republican congressman Mark Meadows said the blaming of Trump is “absolutely reprehensible.”

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U.S. senator Marco Rubio predicted the online fallout before it started to pick up steam.

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Ilan Goldenberg, Middle East security director at the Center for a New American Security, said there’s no reason to play the blame game, instead stating that in war, there are always casualties and collateral damage.

Reza Akbari, president of the Iranian Heritage Society of Edmonton, said news that the plane was likely shot down was “very scary.”

“When I put myself in the shoes of the family, it’s a huge difference. It changes the whole scenario of who is responsible for this.”






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Cellphone video purports to show moment plane struck by Iranian missile

By Thursday evening, scores of people had gathered outside Trump Tower in Manhattan for an anti-war rally.

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Chants of “No war in Iran!” could be heard.

The Boeing 737-800 was six minutes into its trip from Tehran to Kyiv when it caught fire and crashed in a field Wednesday.

With files from The Canadian Press, Kerri Breen and Rachael D’Amore

© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

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Social media challenge supports late Betty White’s love for animals – Globalnews.ca

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Hollywood icon Betty White would’ve been 100 years old today.

To honour the Golden Girls star’s support for animal advocacy, people around the globe are celebrating the Betty White Challenge — recognizing what would’ve been a milestone by contributing to White’s favourite cause.

Winnipeg Humane Society CEO Jessica Miller told 680 CJOB that White’s love for animals is something that shone through in many of the tributes the late actress received in recent weeks.


Actress Betty White (L) and Delilah (R) pose during the American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards 2013 held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.


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“Loving animals is just such a sincere, true show of character, and Betty was certainly that. She was a very, very beloved advocate and animal lover,” said Miller.

“When this got brought to our attention, we thought, wow, that’s such a nice way to honour such a lovely lady. We decided we would accept donations but we wouldn’t technically ask for them.”

The challenge, spurred on by the social media hashtag #BettyWhiteChallenge, encourages fans to donate what they can to a local animal shelter on White’s birthday.

Miller said anyone wishing to donate on White’s behalf can do so online.

“We’ll see what happens throughout the day,” she said. “Whatever comes in for our animals is amazing.”


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Twitter expands feature allowing users to flag misleading tweets

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Twitter Inc said on Monday it will expand its test feature which allows users to flag misleading content on its social media platform to Brazil, Spain and the Philippines.

The company had introduced the pilot test of the feature in August last year, as a part of its effort to reduce misinformation on its platform.

It was first tested in the United States, Australia and South Korea.

Since it was first announced, Twitter said it has received around 3 million reports from users who have used it to flag tweets which they believe are in violation of its policies.

The social media giant last year launched another program called Birdwatch, which lets participants write notes and provide additional context to misleading tweets, though those notes are held on a separate website.

 

(Reporting by Manya Saini in Bengaluru, Editing by Franklin Paul)

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