Fake Skype PR Account Created In Aftermath Of MSFT-NSA Disclosures, Awkward Hilarity Ensues

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It didn't take long following the revelation that Microsoft was actively engaged in facilitating the NSA's espionage of its clients for a somewhat less than genuine Skype (owned by Microsoft) account to appear on Twitter. A very amusing Skype account that is, titled simply enough @skypeglobalpr.

What is surprising is was promptly the account was taken down by Twitter when some very serious users - arguably all of them from Redmond, WA - had a problem distinguishing reality from parody. The same Twitter, which as the FT revealed overnight, handed over user data to French prosecutors to help them identify authors of anti-Semitic and other racist and homophobic messages in a move to settle a bitter legal dispute, a first for Twitter.

Either way, below is a recap of the tweets that got the account banned in hours, not days, as apparently someone at Microsoft was not very happy with the content.

Amusingly, following the public outcry, the account has been reinstated now that it carries the clear disclosure it is a parody account, with the snafu generating far greater public interest in the latest social media backfire for Microsoft. Incidentally, Microsoft still has to provide any information as to whether all of its software has a backdoor hack for the NSA to enter through, or just some of it.

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Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:45 | 3748177 diogeneslaertius
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one must not simply oppose tyranny, we must create a culture which actually enjoys spitting into the face of tyrants. for whom the art of destroying tyranny in every form is a sport and zesty enterprise.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:55 | 3748196 Spider
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Sad what this society has come to - I dont think I'd be too sad to see it go...


On that note, and i'm sorry for thos who've already seen this but I think this is a worthy cause:

If you are fed up with whats happening in the PM markets or even society its time for people to take back the financial system - which is the HEART OF THE CORRUPTION.  Without the freedom to create money at will banks and corporations could no longer enslave and be enslaved by the government.


This is a way to break the financial system - Join the Silver Pledge.  It is an effort to beat the banks at their own game by having investors join up and buy physical silver - together we can break this market. 

You can read more here:


If you dont like it dont sign up - but for people who are sick of sitting and doing nothing at least lets work together to BREAK this silver market

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:19 | 3748243 Boondocker
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I am pretty sure you are preaching to the choir....

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:27 | 3748260 Kaiser Sousa
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"I am pretty sure you are preaching to the choir...."

yeah, but in this case one should not tire of hearing "the word" over and over again....preach on brother....

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:47 | 3748273 Manthong
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I guess I have to put on the full dress thong for my future video conversations. 


Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:50 | 3748306 Skateboarder
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Nothing says "I'm #1" like a good old murkan flag manthong.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 16:04 | 3748932 macholatte
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Sharknado bitchez!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:43 | 3748292 ThirdWorldDude
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OT: Did you happen to catch MSM being trolled about the names of crew members of that Asiana Airlines plane that crashed a few days ago? 




Project Mayhem, bitchez!  :)

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:24 | 3748254 Blano
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Sorry, I just don't see it happening, even though I'm going to go get more myself right now.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:21 | 3748382 Clever Name
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Honorable mention to Lennon Hendrix.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:18 | 3748242 FlipFlop
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Well, first Manning then Snowden.

Government commits crimes and lies to public. Then someone tells the public about illegal activity and becomes a criminal. This is confusing, how should a crime committed by the government differ from anyone else?

Or we just have to wait and hope that we do not end up on some camp, because the government just decided in secrecy that something has suddenly become illegal.

This sounds a bit like 1930s, just let the rules be gradually tightened until it is too late. Ask the German jews for some insight how that played out.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:40 | 3748419 Creepy Lurker
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It seems more to me like Russia in the 1920's. They're already putting on show trials. (i.e. Zimmermann)

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:59 | 3748482 FlipFlop
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I am not American, but I take the liberty to comment your internal affairs due to hegemonic influence of the US on anyone else.

Spying is not a huge surprise and police may be quite brutal, but the US is still far ahead of socialist European countries in terms of liberty. At least the US citizens appear to understand the threat in contrast to afore mentioned socialist countries. Here, people are screaming more control, more monitoring and more intervention. Citizens of my coutry are just too stupid to realise the flip side of this "protection". Maybe they deserve a relocation to wherever, a camp maybe?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:42 | 3748427 Platinum
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Another way to spit in the face of tyranny, would be by repeatedly pranking the media.

Sun, 07/14/2013 - 10:12 | 3751056 Svendblaaskaeg
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"we must create a culture which actually enjoys spitting into the face of tyrants"

Clone Me! - It's in my genes!

Bring Your most attractive women folks to me and I will do my very best..

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:46 | 3748179 LetThemEatRand
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And ironically everything on that account and everyone who reads it is being recorded (not so secretly, though, thanks to Snowden).

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:47 | 3748182 rlouis
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There should be a beverage alert on this! LOL

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:48 | 3748185 Boondocker
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Rebellion takes many forms

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:10 | 3748224 mofreedom
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and alot of rebellion is needed right now.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:21 | 3748247 spentCartridge
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The application of passive language might be the key?



Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:49 | 3748188 franzpick
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Voyeurism isn't what it appears to be.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:42 | 3748424 Element
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we should look into that

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:48 | 3748438 johngaltfla
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I don't see your point.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 14:54 | 3748717 franzpick
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Maybe I was thinking about back in the day, but now I admit, nostalgia isn't what it used to be.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:54 | 3748197 glenlloyd
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I never believed that it wasn't happening....when in doubt always assume the worst is closest to reality.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:52 | 3748314 financial apoca...
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and when the worst comes to pass be prepared by being drunk 

and head to Burma for the occasional weekend opium binge

then come back assume worst, repeat and hope to die by 27

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:54 | 3748200 Apostate2
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I'm having a laugh. Clever buggers. 

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:55 | 3748203 Dapper Dan
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Deny, denied, denying.


US Navy denies Egyptian press claims that US naval ships are in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula and Suez Canal to invade Egypt - @NBCNews Story metadata:
Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:57 | 3748206 Boondocker
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Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:40 | 3748417 smacker
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If you zoom in on www.marinetraffic.com LIVE there are three unidentified ships moving in line off the coast of Egypt towards the Suez Canal and one more in port, Alexandria.

US Navy?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:58 | 3748204 G-R-U-N-T
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"To our users who used Skype for cybersex with loved ones: thank you. You have spiced up otherwise boring workdays for many NSA analysts."

How about all skype users bend over and give the NSA a collective "brown eye" sending a message that we are watching too! Now that's entertainment!

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:15 | 3748234 redwater
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A few years ago, news broke that a Google employee was fired for stalking and harassing a young boy. The employee had all sorts of account privileges and was doing all sorts of weird shit.


People with these unfettered privileges are looking through your sons and daughters phones and laptops.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:15 | 3748236 redwater
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A few years ago, news broke that a Google employee was fired for stalking and harassing a young boy. The employee had all sorts of account privileges and was doing all sorts of weird shit.


People with these unfettered privileges are looking through your sons and daughters phones and laptops.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 11:59 | 3748208 suteibu
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Kudos to the owners of that account.  We need more of this throughout cyberspace.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:06 | 3748353 Lost Word
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Edward Snowden twitter account @EJosephSnowden may also be a fake or parody.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:00 | 3748209 XitSam
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Why are people surprised? Microsoft is a government bitch. Remember the anti-trust lawsuit?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:09 | 3748216 redwater
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Could someone like Balmer, Gates, or Amercian politicians, traveling abroad be held  under arrest for international espionage?



Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:46 | 3748298 smacker
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It just needs a country's judiciary to issue an arrest warrant. There are already quite a few ex-political slimeballs and others who are very careful about where they travel to. I believe Tony Blair & George Bush avoid several countries.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:16 | 3748238 Catullus
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Yes!!!! Comedy is the single best weapon against the elite! Seriously. Some of you look for guillontines and smelly hippies in the street banging on bongo drums. No way. Comedy.

Kind of like how everyone can see how laughable the TSA is because we've heard just about ever comedian already poke fun at it.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:16 | 3748239 Cdad
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The gravity of this NSA story is yet to be reflected in the price of MSFT, GOOG, VZ, T, etc....but only because we no longer have price discovery...or a properly functioning market, for tat matter.  Something tells me that, by the time they report Q3/Q4 earnings, it will be clear that all of these are and have been great tickers to short.

I have yet to sell them...but I will be doing that...as soon as the whole ponzi/pachinko machine S&P thing swings out of control...which I suspect is very near now.


Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:32 | 3748267 FlipFlop
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Attractiveness of non-US based alternatives becomes obvious even if the quality might not match google etc.

The next question will be who is then spying me?

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:54 | 3748319 Yen Cross
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     I certainly hope you're correct Cdad. For some strange, dank reason, I think the serfs will keep building shacks on the river De-Nile.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 13:47 | 3748435 Skateboarder
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Awwwwww yeah!

Y'all just got served.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 14:27 | 3748584 Yen Cross
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  Skateboarder  I've been watching your ideas. You're a man '20 years' above his wisdom.

   I like your light-hearted approach & INTRASPECTIVE of, "Silicone Valley."

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 15:24 | 3748829 Skateboarder
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Thanks for the kind works YC, I've been a fan of your commentary the whole time as well.

Always felt like I was an old man, even when I was little. An 'old soul,' if you may. Some folks have more of an inclination to gather wisdom than others. Knowledge is learned, wisdom is earned.

It's quite an interesting perspective I'm afforded here in Silicon Valley, especially as an ethical engineer, and I am glad to share it with others. You wouldn't believe the number of evildoing startups that come out of this place. ALL VC FUNDED, of course.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:21 | 3748246 seek
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Highly relevant Sasha Grey NSA Employment ad, done as a take-off on phone sex lines: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WtJ29UoedkM


Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:32 | 3748264 McMolotov
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That was awesome. Even pornstars value their privacy.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:59 | 3748336 DutchR
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You sir, owez me a new keyboard.....

So true and Sasha Grey = spicey ;)

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:21 | 3748248 Long-John-Silver
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Opt out of PRISM, the NSA’s global data surveillance program.


Above link opens in new window so you don't lose your place.

Sat, 07/13/2013 - 12:23 | 3748250 island
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No surprise.  How do you think MSFT gets all those H1B visas?  

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!