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Co-op silences woke mob as it hits back at GB News boycott demands with brilliant tweet

The chain was under immense pressure to cave in to their demands and boycott the newly-launched channel after being bombarded with a slew of messages from keyboard warriors. Since its launch on Sunday, firms including Kopparberg, Grolsch, Nivea and the Open University have pulled their advertising.

Last night Ikea followed suit – leaving the channel’s remaining advertisers under immense scrutiny over how they would act.

While the weight of expectation in Twitter’s left-wing echo chamber was that the UK brand would bow to pressure, many Brits were delighted when the opposite situation materialised.

It stood firm in the face of a constant barrage of tweets throughout today urging it to pull its advertising from the channel – which vows to “lend an ear to some of Britain’s marginalised and overlooked voices”.

One person tweeted it saying: “Oddly, nothing from the most ethical, allegedly, of brands, Co-op UK.”

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“3- We will ensure our values and principles are clear and undiminished regardless of surrounding content.”

The company’s brave stance was applauded by many freedom of speech loving Brits.

Former Ukip MEP Patrick O’Flynn tweeted: “Wow, Co-op UK just knocked it out of the park by promising to respect viewpoint diversity and editorial independence in the face of pressure from left activists to boycott GB News.

“Am now proud to shop at their local store most days.”

Former Brexit Party MEP Claire Fox was equally full of praise.

She wrote: “That’s more like it. Corporate advertisers effectively trying to interfere in editorial decisions, or even destroy media it dislikes by defunding, would be a grotesque attack on press freedom.

“Respect to Co-op for getting that point.”

The boycott began after a website called Boycott GB News published the names and contact details of the channel’s advertisers.

It then urged people to bombard them with messages urging them to stop advertising with the channel.

Several quickly capitulated including cider-maker Kopparberg

It said: “We want to make it clear to everyone that our ad ran on this channel without our knowledge or consent.

“Kopparberg is a drink for everyone and we have immediately suspended our ads.”

Brewer Grolsch also tried to shift the blame, writing: “This advert for Grolsch ran on the GB News channel completely without our knowledge or consent, and we’re in the process of investigating with our media partners why this happened.

“Grolsch is a brand that prides itself on core values of inclusion and openness to all people, and we want to be clear that we do not associate ourselves with any platforms or outlets that go against these values.

“We will do everything we possibly can to ensure that Grolsch does not appear on this channel again.”

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Bitcoin price crisis: Elon Musk tanks cryptocurrencies with odd Tweet – ETH and DOGE hit

The value of Bitcoin slumped from a high of $ 39,471 on Thursday to just $ 36,600 in early trading on Friday – a drop of 7.37 percent.

Ethereum fell 8.4 percent from $ 2,888 to $ 2,644 while Dogecoin plunged by a massive 13.9 percent from $ 0.43 to $ 0.37.

However, the massive fall in the price of the cryptocurrencies was accompanied by a strange Tweet from Tesla boss Mr Musk, who appeared to mock Bitcoin’s recent struggles.

The tech billionaire has been extremely vocal on social media about the use and future of cryptocurrencies.

But his tweets and comments regularly trigger significant upward or downward movements in the volatile market.

In February, the price of Bitcoin surged to an all-time high after he tweeted Tesla would begin accepting payments of the digital currency for sales of their electric cars.

Bitcoin’s price jumped by a fifth (20 percent )after Tesla said it had made a $ 1.5billion investment.

The firm added it would eventually accept the cryptocurrency as payment for its cars.

This resulted in Bitcoin’s largest daily increase in more than three years, climbing to more than $ 48,000.

Mr Musk briefly became the world’s richest person as shares of Tesla surged nearly 500 percent, with the firm also surging to fifth position in the ranking for the most valuable companies in the US.

But on May 17, Bitcoin’s price plunged to its lowest since February after the Tesla boss hinted the electric carmaker may sell its cryptocurrency holdings.

Bitcoin’s value slumped by almost 10 percent to below $ 45,000 after trading as high as $ 50,000 just a few days earlier.

The previous weekend, Mr Musk suggested the firm was considering selling or may have already sold some of its holdings in the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin’s price drop was triggered by a tweet sent to the Tesla boss, which said: “Bitcoiners are going to slap themselves next quarter when they find out Tesla dumped the rest of their Bitcoin holdings.

“With the amount of hate [Elon Musk] is getting, I wouldn’t blame him.”

Mr Musk simply replied: “Indeed.”

He later followed up that Tweet following the panic he had caused, and frankly wrote: “To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any Bitcoin.”

That latest blow for Bitcoin comes a week after the Tesla chief executive said the company had stopped accepting Bitcoin as payment for its cars because of fears over its carbon emissions.

He announced the carmaker had stopped vehicle purchases with the cryptocurrency because of “rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining”.

The Tesla boss tweeted: “We are concerned about rapidly increasing use of fossil fuels for Bitcoin mining and transactions, especially coal, which has the worst emissions of any fuel.”

Bitcoin’s price had skyrocketed to a record high of over $ 63,300 on April 16 having started the year on $ 29,300 following a strong finish to 2020.

But it has sliced in half since those record highs just six weeks ago, plummeting to just $ 33,600 last weekend.

Last month, Bitcoin suffered a huge hammer blow after the Chinese Government – home to the world’s second-largest economy – banned the use of the cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

This is a breaking story. More to follow…

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Elon Musk makes dramatic U-TURN on cryptocurrency – cryptic tweet sends stock flying

Announcing today on Twitter the Tesla boss suggested he would support cryptocurrencies over fiat currencies. This u-turn comes after the SpaceX CEO sent out contradictory messages for over a week that began with a declaration that Tesla would be halting their acceptance of bitcoin as a payment method. On Twitter this morning, Mr Musk said: “The true battle is between fiat and crypto.
“On balance, I support the latter.”

Mr Musk was responding to a Twitter follower who said: “Yo Elon what do you think about the peeps who are angry at you because of crypto?”

This was in reference to the recent contradictory tweets from Mr Musk that have brought such volatility to cryptocurrency markets.

Over one week ago Mr Musk tweeted a statement that read: “Tesla has suspended vehicle purchases using bitcoin.

READ MORE: Why has the crypto market crashed? Experts weigh in

Mr Musk answered the tweet by simply saying, “indeed”.

However, now  Mr Musk has retracted these earlier statements.

Mr Musk then came out with a swift clarification to end speculation that Tesla might dump their bitcoin holdings.

He tweeted:”To clarify speculation, Tesla has not sold any bitcoin.”

Then there Elon Musk tweeted a “diamond hands” emoji amid bitcoin drop, implying that Tesla won’t sell their large holdings of the world’s preeminent cryptocurrency.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Mr Musk said that Tesla had “diamond hands” suggesting the company he heads would not be shedding its $ 1.5 billion (£1.06 billion) stake in bitcoin.

The head of Tesla also tweeted: “How much is that Doge in the window?”

In this tweet he attached a cryptic image of a US dollar bill that had been manipulated to look like it had a doge coin face on it. 

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Noel Clarke liked tweet about ‘learning from your mistakes’

Author: Amanda Devlin
This post originally appeared on Showbiz – The Scottish Sun

NOEL Clarke liked a tweet about “learning from your mistakes” – days before being accused of sexual misconduct by 20 women.

The Viewpoint and Kidulthood actor was stripped of his Bafta last night after it was alleged he sexually harassed, groped and bullied women.

Noel Clarke was awarded a Bafta earlier this month - but it's been suspended amid a series of serious allegations

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Noel Clarke was awarded a Bafta earlier this month – but it’s been suspended amid a series of serious allegationsCredit: Rex

Mr Clarke – who fiercely denies the claims – liked the tweet posted on April 1, which said: “Learn from your mistakes. That’s what they’re there for.”

The Guardian reports the allegations against the married actor relate to a period between 2004 and 2019.

He’s been accused of a range of acts, including sharing sexually explicit pictures and videos without consent.

The actor is currently appearing in ITV’s new drama series Viewpoint.

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The actor, who is currently appearing in ITV thriller Viewpoint, denies the allegations

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The actor, who is currently appearing in ITV thriller Viewpoint, denies the allegationsCredit: © Tiger Aspect Productions 2021

Mr Clarke had been made aware of the allegations before he appeared onstage at the Royal Albert Hall to collect his Bafta for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema on April 10.

The awards committee had also been alerted 13 days before the ceremony – but said it was provided with “no evidence” that would allow it to investigate.

Numerous women are reported to have broken their silence after the ceremony. They allege Mr Clarke is a serial abuser and uses his power to prey on and harass female colleagues.

Last night the awards committee suspended Mr Clarke’s Bafta.

Mr Clarke is married to former make-up artist Iris

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Mr Clarke is married to former make-up artist IrisCredit: Getty

He has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including crime drama Screwed

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He has appeared in a number of films and TV shows, including crime drama Screwed

He broke into movies following his highly-acclaimed appearance in Kidulthood

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He broke into movies following his highly-acclaimed appearance in KidulthoodCredit: BBC

Mr Clarke said in a statement to the Guardian: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me.

“If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise.

“I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”

What films and TV series has Noel Clarke been in?

Noel Clarke is one of the UK’s best-known actors, although he’s also a screenwriter, director and comic book writer

He first rose to fame playing Mickey Smith in Dr Who between 2005 and 2010.

In 2006, he took on his break-out film role as Sam in Kidulthood. The movie was followed by 2008’s Adulthood and 2016’s Brotherhood, which he also wrote and directed.

He’s well-known for playing Aaron Bishop in Bulletproof, which he also writes and produces, and is currently starring in ITV drams Viewpoint.

Mr Clarke has starred in several films, including Centurion, Fast Girls, Star Trek: Into Darkness and SAS: Red Notice.

He’s the founder of Unstoppable Film and Television with friend and fellow actor Jason Maza.

He also holds a slew of awards for his performances, including the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer and the 2009 Bafta Orange Rising Star award.

Through his lawyers, Clarke categorically denied every allegation that the publication put to him.

He allegedly accepts he once made inappropriate comments about one woman, for which he later apologised.

In a 29-page letter, his lawyers said he denies all of the other allegations.

Noel Clarke suspended by Bafta after misconduct allegations

Ex-baseball star says LeBron ‘may want to move to China’ in expletive-laden tirade over NBA icon’s police-shooting tweet

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NBA legend LeBron James has been savaged online by ex-baseball player Aubrey Huff, who suggested that the LA Lakers star “may want to move to China” after his controversial tweet about a US police shooting.

The abuse comes as part of backlash to a now-deleted tweet James sent out on Wednesday night.

“YOU’RE NEXT #ACCOUNTABILITY,” James wrote next to an hourglass emoji, to caption a photo of Nicholas Reardon, the Columbus Police Department officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant while responding to a 911 call.

Video from Reardon’s body camera showed the black teen swinging a knife at a woman before he opened fire. 

LeBron later wiped his incendiary tweet, attempting to explain himself by saying: “I’m so damn tired of seeing Black people killed by police. [And] I took the tweet down because it’s being used to create more hate

“This isn’t about one officer. It’s about the entire system and they always use our words to create more racism. I am so desperate for more ACCOUNTABILITY,” he concluded.
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But taking the original demands off the internet and offering an explanation weren’t enough to calm the angry mob, and James has even been attacked by other professional athletes for the outburst.

The now-retired Huff, a two-time World Series champion formerly of the San Francisco Giants, went on a rampage in scathing at Lebron through a barrage of tweets.

WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE 

“Hey King James, go f*ck yourself for doxing a police officer for just doing his job,” started the first, which has been ‘liked’ by over 21,000 like-minded individuals.

“I’d bet if that was your son about to get stabbed you’d be singing a different tune you piece of sh*t!”

“You’re a huge reason the NBA is down 80% in viewership within the last year,” he claimed.

Attempting to draw attention to LeBron’s hypocrisy in employing a team of private security, Huff insisted that his legacy would become “irrelevant to most all Americans”.

“May want to move to China f*ck stick!,” he advised him.

Digs at LeBron’s intellect were also the order of the day, while Huff questioned Twitter’s creator why James’ name supposedly wasn’t trending but Brett Favre’s was instead, following the Derek Chauvin-related fallout. 

Signing off by poking fun at himself too, Huff suggested that his jersey “just may be more popular than a King James jersey at this point in time.”

“But that ain’t saying much,” he joked, dryly.

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'I Can Breathe' Tweet by Las Vegas Raiders Draws Scorn

Author Sopan Deb
This post originally appeared on NYT > U.S. News

The reverberations throughout the sports world came swiftly after a jury in Minnesota convicted Derek Chauvin on Tuesday of murdering George Floyd, as athletes, teams and leagues weighed in on the verdict in a case that had reignited fierce debate about racism and policing in the United States.

“ACCOUNTABILITY,” the N.B.A.’s top star, LeBron James, said in a one-word post on Twitter after Mr. Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

After Mr. Floyd’s murder last May, as well as the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and other Black victims of violence, athletes spent much of last year engaged in numerous activist efforts around issues of racial justice and voting rights.

Some hit the streets to join the protests that sprang up around the country following Mr. Floyd’s murder, even as games had been halted because of the coronavirus pandemic. Others kept their attention on Mr. Chauvin’s case and other examples of police violence as competitions resumed, with statements, public displays and other forms of protest. Soon, leagues themselves began to express corporate solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and broad themes of fighting racism and systemic inequities.

“I was going to make a celebratory tweet but then I was hit with sadness because we are celebrating something that is clear as day,” the tennis star Naomi Osaka said of the Chauvin verdict. Ms. Osaka prompted a tournament to halt play when she planned to drop out in solidarity with the Milwaukee Bucks and other athletes who did not play after Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, Wis. “The fact that so many injustices occurred to make us hold our breath toward this outcome is really telling.”

Several clubs based in Minnesota expressed sympathy for Mr. Floyd’s family.

Karl-Anthony Towns, the Timberwolves star who also joined protests after Mr. Floyd’s death, said in a Twitter post; “Justice and Accountability! Things I never thought I would see. There’s much more work to do, but this is an amazing start working toward the reform this country NEEDS!”

At least one effort to respond to the verdict, that of the N.F.L.’s Las Vegas Raiders, fell flat and was met with derision and anger. The team posted an image to Twitter with the words, “I CAN BREATHE” and Tuesday’s date, a reference to some of Mr. Floyd’s last words, “I can’t breathe.”

As thousands of commenters noted, Mr. Floyd is still dead, and police officers are still killing Black people — including one, a 15-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio, right around the time the verdict was being read.

Late Tuesday, Mark Davis, the owner of the Raiders, told The Athletic he was responsible for the post and said the words were in reference to Floyd’s brother Philonese Floyd, who said at a news conference after the verdict that “today, we are able to breathe again.”

Davis told The Athletic, “If I offended the family, then I’m deeply, deeply disappointed.”

Man City star Foden ‘FURIOUS’ with HIS OWN social media team after they tweet challenge to Mbappe before Champions League showdown

Manchester City star Phil Foden was said to be angered after the company which manages his Twitter account posted a challenge to Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe before the players meet in the Champions League semi-final.

Foden starred as City booked their spot in the last four with a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Germany on Wednesday night, scoring the winner with a drilled shot from the edge of the box in the 75th minute.  

READ MORE: Man City star Foden calls out PSG ace as fans hail Guardiola influence on England youngster

Soon after the final whistle, the Twitter account for the 20-year-old England star fired off a message to Mbappe reading: “@KMbappe are you ready?”

The friendly call-out soon began circulating on social media, although Foden and his representatives were said to be unhappy at the company which handles his Twitter account. Some claimed that the message could be seen as Foden “taunting” Mbappe ahead of the clash. 

“Foden didn’t post that Mbappe tweet himself, it was done by the company that manage his account. People close to Foden not particularly happy about it and it’s been deleted,” wrote Man City reporter Sam Lee.

The message was removed from Foden’s account, while some such as former Manchester United and England star Gary Neville questioned why players don’t just manage their own social media activity.

“I mentioned on here a few weeks ago about players having their accounts run by social media companies. Lads run your own accounts!” Neville tweeted.  

“Your independent thought and authenticity is at stake. It’s your voice, not anyone else’s.”

Some fans welcomed Foden’s account laying down the gauntlet to Mbappe.

“Phil Foden tweeting Mbappe like that is exactly that this sport needs… too many sauceless athletes in football, so it’s so refreshing to see,” wrote one fan.

Mbappe PSG had booked their Champions League semi-final spot on Tuesday night despite suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich. The Paris giants progress on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate.

In the other semi-final, Chelsea will meet Real Madrid after the Spaniards held off Liverpool in their second leg at Anfield on Wednesday night. The score on Merseyside ended goalless, earning Real a 3-1 aggregate win.   
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Amazon apologizes for tweet denying some workers urinate in bottles

Amazon on Friday issued an apology for a tweet last week denying claims from some Amazon workers that they were worked so hard that they were forced to urinate in plastic bottles instead of going to the restroom.

The tweet from the Amazon News account came in response to a post from Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanWhite House delays release of budget plan Intercept reporter: ‘There’s no way’ Amazon management didn’t know about ‘routine’ of drivers peeing in bottles Union president: Amazon’s ‘progressive workplace’ claims are ‘outrageous’ and ‘tone deaf’ MORE[3][4][5][6][7][2] (D-Wis.), who commented on claims of a “progressive workplace” from Amazon consumer chief Dave Clark[8][1]

“Paying workers $ 15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan tweeted. 

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Amazon pushed back in its own tweet, writing, “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?”

“If that were true, nobody would work for us,” the account added at the time. “The truth is that we have over a million incredible employees around the world who are proud of what they do, and have great wages and health care from day one.”

Amazon apologized on Friday for its response, writing in a blog post, “This was an own-goal, we’re unhappy about it, and we owe an apology to Representative Pocan.”[10]

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“First, the tweet was incorrect,” Amazon said. “It did not contemplate our large driver population and instead wrongly focused only on our fulfillment centers.” The company noted that these locations usually have “dozens of restrooms, and employees are able to step away from their work station at any time.” 

“If any employee in a fulfillment center has a different experience, we encourage them to speak to their manager and we’ll work to fix it,” the multinational tech giant added. 

Amazon also said that the tweet “did not receive proper scrutiny,” recognizing the “need to hold ourselves to an extremely high accuracy bar at all times, and that is especially so when we are criticizing the comments of others.” 

The corporation admitted that Amazon drivers especially may “have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes, and this has been especially the case during Covid when many public restrooms have been closed.”

“This is a long-standing, industry-wide issue and is not specific to Amazon,” the post added before including a series of links for additional news reports on drivers for ride-hailing services and workers for delivery companies struggling to find accessible bathrooms while working. 

Amazon went on to say, “Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it. We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.” 

Several Twitter users had criticized Amazon for its response last week, including Pocan himself, who tweeted, “And yes, I do believe your workers. You don’t?”

Since 2018, some Amazon workers have come forward with claims that they were forced to urinate in bottles as well as other allegations of worker mistreatment, including that pregnant employees were required to stand for hours on their shifts and were repeatedly targeted for termination.

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Amazon acknowledges issue of drivers urinating in empty bottles in apology for 'peeing' tweet

SEATTLE — Amazon is sorry for tweeting about peeing.The company apologized in a late Friday blog post for a tweet it sent to a congressman more than a week ago denying that its employees work so hard they must urinate in empty water bottles. It also admitted that some delivery drivers might have had to urinate in bottles and it vowed to improve their working conditions.

The matter was first raised March 24 by Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, who responded to a tweet by an Amazon executive that said the company was a progressive workplace.”Paying workers $ 15/hr doesn’t make you a ‘progressive workplace’ when you union-bust & make workers urinate in water bottles,” Pocan said in his tweet.

Amazon responded: “You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us.”

In the Friday night blog post, Amazon apologized to Pocan and acknowledged that delivery drivers “can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes.” The online shopping giant said COVID-19 has made the issue worse, since many public restrooms are closed.

“Sigh,” Pocan responded in a Saturday morning tweet. “This is not about me, this is about your workers-who you don’t treat with enough respect or dignity.”

Amazon wrote in its blog post that urinating in bottles is an industry-wide problem. To try and prove its point, it shared links to news articles about drivers for other delivery companies who have had to do so.”Regardless of the fact that this is industry-wide, we would like to solve it,” the company said. “We don’t yet know how, but will look for solutions.”

Amazon’s treatment of workers has been a hot topic recently as it faces the biggest union push in its history at an Alabama warehouse. Organizers there are pushing for more break time and better pay, with many complaining about the back-breaking 10-hour workdays that include only two 30-minute breaks.

Seattle-based Amazon didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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Jack Dorsey's first tweet sells as an NFT for $2.9 million

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s first post on the social media platform was sold as a nonfungible token for $ 2,915,835.47 on Monday after a two-week open bid.

Dorsey said he would convert the winning bid into bitcoin and donate it to the charity GiveDirectly’s Africa Response.

 The tweet, “just setting up my twttr,” was sent March 21, 2006.

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The winning bidder is Sina Estavi who, according to his Twitter, is the CEO of a blockchain company called Bridge Oracle.

A nonfungible token, more commonly known as an NFT, is a unique kind of digital asset that has skyrocketed in popularity this year.

An NFT is not actual ownership, copyrights or trademark of a digital item. Functionally, it’s more like proof of having an original in the form of a unique cryptocurrency token. Anyone can download a picture even after someone buys an NFT of it.

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The lifespan of digital items are stored on the Ethereum blockchain, a public ledger, which will display who was the first to “own” it.

People have been pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars into the new market, spending breathtaking sums on NFTs for anything from tweets to clips of basketball highlights to music video snippets.

NFTs have come under criticism for the potential environmental impacts of having to produce more cryptocurrency, something which takes an incredible amount of processing power.

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  1. ^ March 21, 2006 (twitter.com)

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