BY BETH FOUHY, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Obama's endorsement of same-sex nuptials resulted in a record number of searches and a rush of users uploading videos on the subject. Gay marriage was also the most popular topic on YouTube's news and politics category this week.
YouTube is owned by the online search giant Google, which saw a 458 percent increase in national searches for "Obama" and "gay marriage" between 10 am and 6pm the day Obama disclosed his views in an interview with ABC News.
Gay rights issues have a history of sparking online viral videos. University of Iowa student Zach Wahls' plea for Iowa lawmakers to allow marriage rights for his lesbian parents was YouTube's most-watched political video of 2011. It was followed closely by "Strong," an ad from Rick Perry's now abandoned campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, in which the Texas governor laments that "gays can serve openly in the military." The commercial sparked numerous parodies and drew more than 760,000 "dislikes" on YouTube.
Matthew Nisbit, a professor of communications at American University who studies the intersection of politics and social media, said online videos and an interest in gay rights were a natural pairing.
"The heaviest users of video are people under the age of 25, and gay rights is one of the few political issues young people feel passionate about," Nisbit said. "And the gay community was an early adopter of social networking - the technology was a good fit for people of minority status looking for like-minded others."
Following Obama's announcement, more videos with the key words "gay marriage" were uploaded on YouTube than ever before, drawing more than 3 million views and 100,000 comments.
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Gay GOP presidential candidate Fred Kruger's campaign posted this video advertisement earlier this week.
Then, YouTube suddenly pulled it.
Now it's back -- with a parental advisory warning. Why the warning? Watch through to the end. Then decide if the warning message is necessary and/or appropriate.
BY GEOFF MULVIHILL, ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRENTON, N.J. -- The parents of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi, right, who committed suicide days after his roommate used a webcam to see him kissing another man said Friday that a jury got it right last week by convicting their son's roommate of hate crimes and other offenses.
"They reached their decision based on the facts shown by the evidence," Tyler Clementi's father, Joseph Clementi, said in a written statement. "At the conclusion of the trial, the defense's explanation of what happened was simply not believable."
Meanwhile, the other man in the live streaming video - identified in court only by the initials M.B. - said the roommate, Dharun Ravi, deserves prison time for his actions.
PLAINSBORO, N.J. -- The former Rutgers University student convicted in a webcam spying case says that he was insensitive toward his gay roommate but not biased, and that he doesn't think he was the reason for his roommate's suicide.
Dharun Ravi, 20, was convicted last week of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation, a hate crime, after using a webcam to view a snippet of Tyler Clementi's dorm-room liaison with another man, then tweeting about it. The case gained huge attention when Clementi threw himself off a bridge.
"I didn't act out of hate, and I wasn't uncomfortable with Tyler being gay," Dharun Ravi told The Star-Ledger of Newark in his first media interview since the saga began in September 2010.
Here's the news release for Hornet:
Innumerous accounts of discomfort with security of mobile social networks for gay guys, like Grindr, have prompted the makers of Hornet, a brand new, second generation network, to make security and safety front and center of their app design.
This starts but is not limited to the next most important item after use of condoms to control the spread of STD, the knowledge of one's HIV status and a reminder to frequently re-test, especially if the person is sexually active on gay social mobile networks.
Based on the positive experience of websites in Asia, Hornet is the first to introduce the "Know your Status" KYS campaign to mobile social networks for gay people. In their profile, positive or recently tested guys will get a special marker, so that users are prompted to enroll in this purely voluntary campaign for a safer environment. Once a test comes up for renewal, Hornet reminds people to get tested again, or their KYS status lapses to unknown.
Unlike most other gay SNS and Grindr, Hornet uses an HTTPS secure connection and SSL certificates as known from your Online Banking.
In addition, Hornet has integrated innumerous safety and security features into its app. Unlike most other gay SNS and Grindr, Hornet uses an HTTPS secure connection and SSL certificates as known from your Online Banking. It also gives users full control over a private portion of their picture uploads, so that broadcasting one's profile in their neighborhood can be more controlled than an entirely open experience or map-based displays, making them vulnerable to hate crimes.
Within any app system that stores data, there are vulnerabilities, but apps like Grindr can make some easy improvements to move forward with security. Hornet encourages the entire app community to make improvements and migrate in this direction, so that users can browse in a more secure environment, making our message today about bringing the ease of online dating to more users and sharing the market in a secure way.
Hornet App is available on your iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod touch). To get it from the Apple App Store, go here http://bit.ly/askhrnt
Hornet is a gay social and dating app with these key features:
Fun natural way to swipe between profiles using your finger to scroll left and right from profile to profile and up and down for member photos.
This GPS location based application acts like a gay radar to find gay and curious men in your area. Browse the guys closest to you in feet or meters.
The app also has an explore feature: if you work in one spot and live in another or are planning a trip, you can explore other geography and see who is using Hornet there by setting your location to any desired location.
Cruise and Chat with guys you want to meet for dates, friendship or to show you around the city.
About Hornet Networks
Hornet Networks is gay owned, developer and distributer of the Hornet iPhone Application—a location-based mobile dating and social network that that lets you meet new friends based on criteria you set including geography, share photos quickly by sharing preloaded galleries, and keep notes about people you chat with. Founders and backers include the ranks of LGBT at Microsoft, Linkedin, and Silicon Valley venture technologists. www.gethornet.com
BY CURTIS TATE, MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON — Opponents of a congressional effort to curb Internet piracy gained their biggest ally yet Tuesday, as the search engine Google said it would join a protest of the legislation planned by dozens of websites, many of which will shut down Wednesday.
While Google's protest isn't as dramatic as that of the other websites, it will post a link on its home page Wednesday stating its opposition to the House of Representatives' Stop Online Piracy Act and a companion Senate bill, the Protect IP Act. Wikipedia, the user-generated encyclopedia, will shut down for 24 hours starting at 12 a.m. Others will go dark for part of the day, including the social media news site Reddit and blog-hosting site WordPress.
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