True Crime Online Newsletter - February 24, 2014
An International Olympic Committee spokesman said he laughed at Jimmy Kimmel's gag video of a wolf walking down a Sochi Olympics hotel hallway.
The late-night host created the hoax video -- which depicted a wolf walking down a hallway resembling those at the U.S. dorms of the Olympic Village in Sochi -- and it was taken by some as real when it was posted to U.S. luge star Kate Hansen's Twitter account prior to her appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.
Hansen, who appeared on Kimmel's show via satellite while still in Sochi, said not everyone was amused by the wolf hoax.
"Honestly, there was a little bit more backlash than I thought there would be, but it was all worth it in the end," she said.
"I started hearing people talk around the building and then security started freaking out 'cause technically it's a breach within athlete safety," Hansen said. "It kind of went a little crazy over here."
Mark Adams, a spokesman for the IOC, said he doesn't believe the prank did any real harm.
"It made me kind of laugh as an individual, not as an IOC spokesman," Adams said. "I don't think there's any harm done. I don't think it's anything serious."
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'Top Model' judge Charlotte Dawson kills self after cyber-bullying - 02/23/14
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Facebook Bullying Case Disturbs School Officials - 02/21/14
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Military police investigation into anti-gay online harassment nets two arrests - 02/21/13
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App creates cyber bullying concerns in Johnson County school district - 02/20/14
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The exclusive bar that wants to stay exclusive: Japanese drinking den sues website over review which 'damaged its claim to be secret' - 02/20/14
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UW athletes face issues of cyberbullying - 02/20/14
With the rise of social media, a public figure’s personal critics are never more than 140 characters away. Student-athletes are among those who feel the sting of ill-advised or critical social posts, which has raised the question as to whether universities should take steps to regulate the sites. At universities that place an emphasis on their athletics program, it may not come as much of a surprise that personal social media attacks are a frequent occurrence for a number of prominent student-athletes.
American wants Kiwi's cyber bullying to stop - 02/20/14
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Teen arrested for cyber-bullying - 02/18/14
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Girl 'is stoned to death by Syrian fundamentalists for having a FACEBOOK account' - 02/18/14
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Hebert's attorneys withdraw; trial continued - 02/18/14
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