US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

Gigi Hadid. (Source: @gigihadid)
Updated 23 February 2018

US model Gigi Hadid warns against social media

JEDDAH: US model Gigi Hadid is known for accessorizing. Her latest statement piece? A
phone sticker.
Hadid was snapped stepping out with an anti-social-media message on her mobile, in the style of the warnings on cigarette packs.
“Social media seriously harms your mental health,” the sticker read.
Could be that’s just a reminder to herself of the dangers of getting too deep into the online rabbit hole. Hadid, after all, has over 38 million Instagram followers, has made more than 2,600 posts on that platform alone, plus almost 16,000 tweets to her 8.5 million Twitter followers.
Hadid has discussed before how she likes to take a digital sabbatical now and again. In December 2016 she told “Elle” that she was taking a month off social media, saying she found that “empowering.”
“A lot of the world feels so entitled to other peoples’ lives, which is so crazy,” she said. “I’m going to take a break when I feel like it.”
Hadid has also called out cyber-bullies, most recently earlier this month when she revealed, via Twitter, that she has the autoimmune disorder Hashimoto’s disease.
“Please, as social media users and human beings in general, learn to have more empathy for others and know that you never really know the whole story,” she wrote. “Use your energy to lift those you admire rather than be cruel to those you don’t.”


German foreign ministry backtracks after sense of humor failure in trending tweet gaffe

Updated 17 January 2020

German foreign ministry backtracks after sense of humor failure in trending tweet gaffe

  • The meme was the hashtag #SeduceSomeonein4Words
  • Twitter reaction was mixed

BERLIN: Social media can be a minefield for the strait-laced world of diplomacy, as the German Foreign Office just found out, when it was forced to delete a tweet and apologize for its contribution to a mildly off-color Twitter meme.
The meme was the hashtag #SeduceSomeonein4Words.
Submissions on Thursday ranged from “You hungry? I’m cooking” to “Donald Trump Is Impeached”. Then @GermanyDiplo, the foreign ministry’s English-language channel, came up with “Your visa got approved”.
That got hundreds of retweets and thousands of likes. But it also got a fair amount of criticism, much of it from people suffering through the process of acquiring a German visa.

Germany attracts migrants from the world over, with its free universities, strong economy, high wages and almost full employment. In 2015’s migrant crisis, hundreds of thousands from the Middle East and Africa overwhelmed Europe’s border controls and flooded into Germany.
But eye-catching influxes like that mask the thousands of daily frustrations and family tragedies that take place at the consulates of rich countries. Would-be immigrants spend fortunes and wait weeks and months applying for visas that would let them work, study, or be reunited with loved ones far away.
That gives the consular officials who award the coveted stamp immense power. British and US officials have been investigated for abusing that power, allegedly requiring sex in exchange for visas.
So Twitter reaction was mixed.
“Even though it’s terribly hard and sometimes humiliating to try to get visa from German Consulate, the joke is still very funny!” wrote Turkish journalist Rahsan Gulsan.
GermanyDiplo rapidly backtracked, deleting the tweet and four hours later issuing a rueful apology.
“Being funny is apparently not always our strong suit,” the ministry wrote. “We know the visa process is complex, and visa decisions can deeply affect peoples’ lives. Our colleagues take these decisions very seriously.”