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Here’s Why Twitter Blocked This French Government Campaign

Other users in the platform are also finding the decision hilarious

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FILE - A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

In what appears to be a case of scoring a self-goal, a French government ad campaign intended to encourage voting in the upcoming European Parliament elections has been blocked by Twitter for fear of violating France’s new fake news law, the media reported.

According to the new law which is in force since December, France requires online political campaigns to declare the billing information – who paid for them, and how much was spent, the BBC reported on Wednesday.

The French government’s information service (GIS) wanted to promote the campaign “#Ouijevote” (#YesI’mvoting) on Twitter.

But the microblogging site rejected the campaign after determining it to be a political campaign.

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The Twitter logo appears on a phone post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.. VOA

Twitter’s decision to block the voter registration campaign baffled many.

“Twitter’s priority should be to fight content that glorifies terrorism. Not campaigns to register on the electoral lists of a democratic republic,” France’s Interior Minister Christophe Castanter was quoted as saying in a tweet.

Other users in the platform are also finding the decision hilarious.

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“In #France, @TwitterFrance has decided to block a goverment sponsored campaign to promote voting in europeans elections… by invoking a recent french law against #fakenews.

#Ouijevote,” wrote one user. (IANS)

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Pessimistic Millennials Across the World Storm Twitter with Retirement Plans

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that today, just 60 per cent of millennials are considered middle-class, compared to 70 per cent of baby boomers when they were in their twenties

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Millennials across the world stormed Twitter with suggestions how they would like to retire, using the hashtag #millennialretirementplans, and most of them had pessimistic and gloomy views about their golden years.

From living in their parents’ basements to colonizing the Mars only to destroy it like Earth, millennials (those born between 1980 and 2000) wished for early death via dark-themed jokes and memes about never been able to retire and putting the blame on Baby Boomers (those born worldwide between 1946 and 1964) and political upheavals.

“Hope we don’t die in our chairs during a meeting that could have been an email,” wrote one user.

“Watch as the environment disintegrates and move to Mars, where we will yet again, destroy another planet,” posted another.

Most of the millennials painted a bleak picture of their retirement plans.

“Why is this even on trending? We all know we’ll never be able to retire,” said another Twitter user.

“Cultivate my kids so they can become successful millionaires and live off of them,” wrote one.

There were several tweets about poor healthcare as a barrier to a good retirement.

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FILE – A man reads tweets on his phone in front of a displayed Twitter logo. VOA

“Work myself to death since healthcare is a debt sentence & social security won’t exist by the time I’m of ‘retiring age’. Or just wait for the nuclear apocalypse,” said one millennial user.

“Early death,” said one.

“Dumpsters are the new tiny houses,” posted another.

A few millennial users, however, made light of the situation.

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“Travelling around the world collecting Pokemon Go,” said a user.

Other comments were: “Have older people pay for you now, have younger people pay for you later,” and “become an anti-social media influencer”.

A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) found that today, just 60 per cent of millennials are considered middle-class, compared to 70 per cent of baby boomers when they were in their twenties. (IANS)