10 Sep
2019

PewDiePie bro army sneaks memefilled ad page onto WSJcom

first_imgFelix Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, has taken issue with reporting by the Wall Street Journal in the past.  Screenshot by Joan E. Solsman/CNET PewDiePie’s bro army has hit back at a publisher that hit PewDiePie first.  The Wall Street Journal’s website was compromised with a page supporting PewDiePie in the race to keep his channel’s status as YouTube’s most-subscribed. The page, which claimed the WSJ was apologizing to the YouTube star and had fired journalists who misrepresented him, asked people to subscribe to his channel and included a string of memes.   PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has been YouTube’s most-subscribed channel for more than five years, but in recent weeks he and his fanbase — known as the bro army — have been working to fend off another channel threatening to top his. T-Series, a channel with Indian movie trailers and music videos, is operated by an Indian music record label and film production company of the same name. At 77 million subscribers, PewDiePie’s channel leads T-Series by about 1.4 million. (The next-closest channel has 44 million.) WSJ joins the fight vs tseries 🔥https://t.co/O0WbSSNedI— ƿ૯ωძɿ૯ƿɿ૯ (@pewdiepie) December 17, 2018 A representative for Dow Jones, the publisher of the Journal, said the company has removed the page, which was operated by WSJ Custom Solutions, a unit of the company’s advertising arm. It’s a “branded content” unit that produces advertising pages that have many of the hallmarks of a news report. The page wasn’t affiliated with The Wall Street Journal newsroom, and the Journal’s publishing system is “completely separate” from the one used by WSJ Custom Solutions, he added.  “We have launched a full investigation,” the rep said. He didn’t respond to questions about whether the page was posted through a cyberattack or by somebody simply taking advantage of WSJ Custom Solutions’ tools in bad faith.  Kjellberg used his Twitter account to call out the ad page and its deletion.  Comments The message on the paper’s website said: “WallStreet Journal would like to apologize to pewdiepie. Due to misrepresentation by our journalists, those of whom have now been fired, we are sponsoring pewdiepie to reach maximum subscribers and beat Tseries to 80million. We also need your credit card number, expiry date, and the lucky 3 digits on the back to win the chicken dinner in fortnite.” The message, which concluded with an allusion to the Epic Gamers meme, included a string of image memes after it.  Last year, WSJ reports about racist and anti-Semitic overtones in some of Kjellberg’s video jokes led to an advertiser backlash against him. His channel lost the ability to run ads, a crucial way that channels generate revenue. Disney, which had a partnership with Kjellberg through its acquisition of a digital video agency Maker, cut ties with him too.   Originally published at 9:39 a.m. PT.  Updated at 10:16 a.m. PT: With subscriber count numbers.  Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here’s your place for the lighter side of tech.  The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter. Online Security Digital Media Share your voice YouTube Tags Now with video evidence: pic.twitter.com/JAnWv69RD7— The Imaginary Axis- Tyler (@TylerAtTheAxis) December 17, 2018 7last_img read more

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3 Sep
2019

TIB questions Ershads role as PMs special emissary

first_imgThe government pays him Tk 500,000 per month as well as provides him with other facilities and special allowances as the prime minister’s special emissary, the report said. HM Ershad. File PhotoTransparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has raised questions about how effectively Jatiya Party (JaPa) chairman HM Ershad performs his duties as special emissary to prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Despite being the PM’s special emissary, Ershad was not seen performing this role in his personal tours to several countries, TIB officials said quoting a study at a press conference on Thursday.TIB revealed the study, titled ‘Parliament Watch’, on the operation of 14th to 18th session of the 10th national parliament.According to TIB’s study, the chief of “official opposition party” in parliament, HM Ershad, was appointed as PM’s special emissary on 12 January 2014.The government, however, did not clarify by issuing any gazette or order as to what Ershad’s duties would be as the prime minister’s special emissary.Executive director of the TIB, Iftekharuzzaman, said that they failed to collect any specific gazette regarding the appointment of Ershad as PM’s special emissary.Asked about this, cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told Prothom Alo that there is a gazette in this regard.According to media reports, Ershad’s duties include representing Bangladesh as a modern, Muslim-dominated democracy, promoting its education system, culture, and non-communal image before the world, as well as working to widen Bangladesh’s scope of exporting manpower in the Middle East.As special emissary, he visited several countries, but he was not seen performing as the prime minister’s special envoy in any of these countries, according to the Parliamentary Watch report.last_img read more

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