Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons latest to join World Cup squad announcement social media frenzy

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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
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The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video. (Screenshot: Twitter - @SaudiNT)
Updated 04 June 2018
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Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons latest to join World Cup squad announcement social media frenzy

  • Build-up to 2018 World Cup in Russia has seen several high-profile squad announcements made using social media
  • It was announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will be attending the opening ceremony in Moscow

LONDON: The Saudi Arabian Football Federation has become the latest national football association to announce their squad for the 2018 World Cup with a quirky social media video.
Featuring various depictions of the Kingdom’s culture, from date farms to the holy city of Makkah, the video features the excitement of Saudis — young and old — as the names of each Green Falcons player is announced.


The clip joins several popular squad announcement videos made recently in the build-up to the tournament. England produced a high-quality video which has reached more than 3 million views on Twitter.
Not to be outdone, Spain did a mock-up of a WhatsApp group conversation with Julen Lopetegui as administrator. The coach adds players one by one in the group in order to create his final squad.
It has been some 36 years since their last World Cup, and to commemorate that fact, Peru created a video sent directly in local languages to their first opponents in Russia — France, Australia and Denmark.
Saudi Arabia face hosts Russia in the opening game of the showpiece tournament on June 14. The Green Falcons will also face Egypt and Uruguay.
It was announced on Sunday that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman will be attending the opening ceremony in Moscow.
The squad met the crown prince before they left for a training camp in Switzerland last week.

 


Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

In this Oct. 15, 2013, file photo, Chuck Goolsbee, site director for Facebook's Prineville data centers, shows the computer servers that store users' photos and other data, at the Facebook site in Prineville, Ore. (AP)
Updated 21 July 2018
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Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

  • Facebook said Friday that Crimson Hexagon is cooperating and that so far its investigation hasn’t found evidence that the firm obtained Facebook or Instagram information inappropriately

NEW YORK: Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram’s user data.
Facebook has been facing increased scrutiny over how third-party firms use its data since news broke in March that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed user data.
The Wall Street Journal first reported that Facebook had suspended Crimson Hexagon. The newspaper says among the firm’s clients is a Russian nonprofit with ties to the Kremlin.
“We don’t allow developers to build surveillance tools using information from Facebook or Instagram,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s vice president of product partnerships. “We take these allegations seriously, and we have suspended these apps while we investigate.”
Facebook said Friday that Crimson Hexagon is cooperating and that so far its investigation hasn’t found evidence that the firm obtained Facebook or Instagram information inappropriately.
Crimson Hexagon says on its website it has access to over one trillion consumer conversations from social media, forums, blogs and reviews.
In a blog posting , Crimson Hexagon Chief Technology Officer Chris Bingham said the company “abides completely” by the rules social media sites including Twitter and Facebook put in place to limit the ways third-party companies can use their data.
He said the firm only collects publicly available social media data. He contrasted that with Cambridge Analytica’s use of private user data.
Users of Crimson Hexagon’s platform, which include government customers, analyze the data to understand large-scale consumer trends and preferences, Bingham wrote.
“Government entities that leverage the Crimson Hexagon platform do so for the same reasons as many of our other non-government customers: a broad-based and aggregate understanding of the public’s perception, preferences and sentiment about matters of concern to them,” he wrote.