Finding a route across the canal is as easy as typing “smuggler” on Facebook.
Far from being a hidden world, Sky News has discovered that a network of smugglers is openly operating on the social media platform.
Advertisements are regularly placed of routes to Europe and the United Kingdom with images of the Union Jack and Big Ben.
One smuggler even claimed he could make customers a British passport.
It comes when 27 people died while attempt to cross the Channel, one of the worst death tolls in recent years.
Many who try the crossing come from Iran, Syria and Iraq, with large numbers of Iraqi Kurds trying to make the perilous journey.
Sky News searched Facebook for terms written in Kurdish and Arabic, such as “smuggler” and “UK visa”, as well as locations such as Calais, Dunkirk and England.
These results produced advertisements of smugglers listing their phone numbers and inviting people to private message them for more information, such as costs.
This post claims that customers will be able to legally travel to the UK within three days and that the journey will be done in the “best, safest and easiest way”.
One of the most prolific smugglers to post on Facebook is a man who claims to live in the Kurdish region of Iraq.
He claims to be able to get migrants to a number of countries, including the UK. In this advertisement he promotes a route from Dunkirk to the UK at “a reasonable price”.
On his Facebook profile, he describes himself as someone who “puts trust over profit”. His cover photo – a photo at the top of the page – is of a passport and boarding pass.
He often posts multiple ads a week, many with the same wording. In his advertisements, he claims to offer guarantees and to deliver “the lowest price and the shortest time”.
To encourage potential customers, the smuggler has hung up a number of passports and visas that he claims to have secured.
Like many smugglers on the platform, he uses photos of landmarks to get people’s attention.
Here, another smuggler places his ad alongside photos of the Union Jack and Big Ben. In his post, he claims he can “make you a UK passport”.
His offerings are striking, with 210 people liking the post and nearly 30 comments below it.
“Hello brother, I want to talk to you”, writes one man. “My dear brother, inbox me,” the smuggler writes back, inviting him to send him a direct private message.
Depictions of aircraft of European flag bearers are also used.
In this ad, a smuggler shows both British Airways and Air France aircraft. The last image in his post contains a phone number to call. The airlines’ photos are being used without permission and there is no indication that British Airways or Air France know of the images being used in this way.
Some advertisements do not rely on promises, guarantees and glossy images from the UK. A smuggler simply posts that he can bring people from France to Britain and gives a number.
Many ads are placed on pages that are primarily used for other reasons, ranging from general community pages to electronics store pages.
However, some pages are specifically set up to discuss smuggling and attract people looking to enter the UK and elsewhere.
An example of this is a group page called “Smuggling to Europe with warranty”. The profile and cover photo are images of migrants taken from news sites. It has nearly 800 members.
One of the most recent posts on the page, published on Nov. 10, concerns a video of migrants in Dunkirk, France.
Another video shared on these pages features a video from the TikTok social media app. It shows part of the journey between Calais and the UK.
It’s not just smugglers posting ads. People ask questions about costs and routes. They also share news about other migrant crossings.
A man asks if he can enter Britain with a German visa. A profile that appears to belong to a smuggler replies that it wouldn’t work. The first man adds that if a person can get to Germany, they could try to get to the UK “on foot”.
Another man asks how much it costs to enter Britain.
Another shared the news of the large number of migrants who died on Wednesday.
Five months ago, Priti Patel wrote to social media companies including Facebook, TikTok, Twitter and YouTube. She said more should be done to remove posts that “glamorising” dangerous crossings for migrants.
A spokesperson for Meta, owner of Facebook, told Sky News: “Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by these tragic events.
“Coordinating people smuggling is not allowed on Facebook and we are working with law enforcement to tackle it.
“We use a combination of AI technology, human assessments and reports from our users and trusted partners to detect and remove these types of messages.”
Sky News understands that the pages brought to Facebook’s attention are now under investigation and will be removed if they are found to have violated the platform’s policies.
The Data and forensics team is a multi-faceted unit dedicated to providing Sky News transparent journalism. We collect, analyze and visualize data to tell data-driven stories. We combine traditional reporting skills with advanced analysis of satellite imagery, social media and other open source information. Through multimedia storytelling we want to better explain the world and at the same time show how our journalism works.
How a kid cracked YouTube’s secret code
In the fall of 2016, Jimmy Donaldson dropped out of college to solve one of media’s biggest mysteries: How exactly does a video go viral on YouTube? Donaldson, then 18, had been posting to the site since he was 12 without garnering much of an audience. But he was convinced that he was almost unlocking the secrets of the YouTube algorithm, the black box of rules and processes that determines which videos are recommended to viewers.
In the months that followed, Donaldson and a handful of his friends tried to crack the code. They made daily phone calls to analyze which videos went viral. They gave each other YouTube-related homework assignments and they teased successful channels for data on their most successful posts. “I woke up, I studied YouTube, I studied videos, I studied filmmaking, I went to bed and that was my life,” Donaldson recalled in a recent interview.
One day he got an idea for a video that he was sure would work. It was as simple as counting. Donaldson sat down in a chair and muttered one song after another for the next 40 hours, starting at zero and going up to 100,000. At the end of the exhausting stunt, he looked frantically into the camera. “What am I doing with my life?” he said.
It was a strangely mesmerizing performance, something every elementary school kid thinks about but never tries. The resulting video — titled “I COUNTED TO 100000!” — was a viral hit. Since its debut on January 8, 2017, it has earned over 21 million views.
The video has spawned one of the most unlikely success stories on YouTube. In the past four years, Donaldson’s channel, MrBeast, has garnered more than 48 million subscribers. In the past 28 days, people have spent more than 34 million hours watching his videos. On December 12, MrBeast was named Creator of the Year at the Streamy Awards, the YouTube equivalent of the Oscars.
The continued success of MrBeast’s videos has caught the attention of the YouTube establishment. Last year, every video he posted was viewed more than 20 million times. Such consistency is unmatched even among YouTube’s biggest stars. “He lives on a different planet from the rest of the YouTube world,” said Casey Neistat, a filmmaker turned YouTuber.
Donaldson, now 22, has a baby face and a blotchy goatee. He speaks with an awesome modesty and doesn’t do many interviews. But the reticence quickly fades when he brings up YouTube. “Once you know how to make a video go viral, it’s about getting the most out of it,” he said. “You can earn practically unlimited money.”
“The videos require months of preparation. Many of them take four to five days of brutal filming. There’s a reason other people don’t do what I do.”
Unlike many first-wave YouTube stars, who were actors, screenwriters, models, and singers who hoped one day to break into traditional industries, Donaldson has only aspired to YouTube stardom. He wakes up every day thinking about the perfect videos, with an accuracy that borders on monomania.
At the age of 12, he created his first two YouTube channels. In one movie, he filmed himself playing the video game Call of Duty. In the other he played Minecraft. He named both channels using a riff on Beast, his Xbox playing handle. Over time, he became more and more curious about the site’s economy. At one point, he filmed a series of videos estimating the earnings of top creators, starting with PewDiePie, the long-reigning king of YouTube.
Donaldson’s first check from YouTube arrived when MrBeast hit 10,000 subscribers. It wasn’t a stroke of luck. For the first few years, he filmed every video on his phone. He had no microphone and his laptop crashed frequently.
After high school, Donaldson briefly attended college at the request of his mother, who raised him and his siblings alone. But he soon stopped without telling her and turned to his favorite pastime: making YouTube videos. “I didn’t have a lot of money, so I wanted to do something big,” he said.
The success of the counting video taught him an important lesson. While many of his friends were interested in getting the most views with the least amount of effort, he wanted to show the public how hard he worked. His stunts became more extravagant. He watched a fellow YouTuber’s rap video for 10 hours. He spent 24 hours in a prison, then in an insane asylum, then on a desert island.
Views of his videos, YouTube’s main currency, started to snowball. In his first six years on the site, he had only generated 6 million views. But by the age of 18, with his full attention on YouTube, he was earning 122 million views annually. At the age of 19, he attracted more than 460 million. He now generates 4 billion views per year. “The great thing about YouTube is that double the effort isn’t double the views, it’s like 10x,” he said. “The first million subscribers you get will take years, but the second will come in a few months.”
Over time, he’s deduced more of YouTube’s mysteries. Make a clip too long, no one is watching or wanting to watch another. Make one too short, people don’t stick around. Use a bad thumbnail photo or title and no one will click. Donaldson usually makes videos that are between 10 and 20 minutes long. He picks a concept that’s easy to communicate in the title – “I Adopted EVERY Dog in a Dog Shelter” – then uses the first 30 seconds to set the stakes.
His videos often combine three popular YouTube genres. There’s the insane challenge, like staying in a block of ice for a day or being the last one to leave a barrel of ramen noodles. There’s the celebrity guest appearance: Donaldson often collaborates with other great YouTubers, including his favorite, the scientist Mark Rober. And there’s the reaction video – MrBeast has a group of blundering childhood friends who participate in his stunts and generally play the roles of hype men.
Donaldson denies having a real formula. Most of his opinions don’t come from new clips, but from people who stumbled upon older footage recommended by the site’s algorithm. His real secret, he said, goes back to the video of him counting to 100,000. Viewers are drawn to displays of sheer willpower.
Donaldson now generates tens of millions of dollars in ad sales through his social media feeds, including his main channel, a gaming channel, and pages on other social media sites. He invests almost every dollar back into his business. In recent years, his average cost of creating a single video has risen from $10,000 to $300,000. “Money is a means of making bigger videos and better content,” he said.
To date, his most expensive video has cost $1.2 million. In it, he promised to give $1 million to the contestant who could keep his hand on a pile of money the longest. In the end, he felt sorry for the three people who didn’t get the $1 million, so he gave them some money too.
Today, many of his stunts have a philanthropic angle. He has given money away to the homeless, to his subscribers, to users of the popular video site Twitch, and to people he met on the street.
He also likes to spend money on ambitious logistical feats. At one point, he wanted to gift an entire island to the winner of a series of challenges. So his team went out, bought an island and renovated it. Initially there was no sand, so his workers imported 5,000 pounds of it and created a beach. They also paid someone to build a pier. “Most YouTubers who make a few thousand buy a Lamborghini,” said Reed Duchscher, his manager.
Donaldson employs approximately 50 people, most of whom specialize in logistics and manufacturing. “The videos take months to prepare,” Donaldson said. “A lot of them take four to five days of continuous filming. There’s a reason other people don’t do what I do.” One of his dream videos – hosting a basketball game in the stratosphere – has eluded him until now.
MrBeast has inspired many imitations and led to a new, popular aesthetic, which one YouTuber called “junklord.” Meanwhile, Donaldson has joined a prominent generation of young YouTube dudes who love sophomore comedy, video games, and escalating challenges.
In 2019, he performed a series of stunts to help PewDiePie maintain its crown as the most subscribed YouTube channel. PewDiePie had launched an online campaign to compete with T-Series, an Indian media outlet that would dethrone him. Donaldson has manipulated the fax lines in the office, bought billboard ads, and even went to the Super Bowl to support PewDiePie. The slogan “Subscribe 2 PewDiePie” was later used by the perpetrator of a mass shooting in New Zealand, one of several problematic associations in PewDiePie’s recent history.
But Donaldson remains a loyal fan. “He’s just really authentic, and it doesn’t seem like it’s ever gone to his head,” Donaldson said of the older YouTuber.
Duchscher, who has also worked with the YouTube standout Dude Perfect, is urging Donaldson to invest his money in areas beyond YouTube, preparing for a life after streaming. On December 19, Donaldson announced a new venture called “Beast Burger”. He partners with more than 300 restaurants and kitchens across the country that will create burgers based on his instructions — a model known as haunted kitchens.
Over the weekend, the MrBeast Burger app soared in popularity. As of the morning of December 21, it was the second most popular free app in the entire iOS store. Donaldson and Duchscher plan to double their footprint by the end of next year. Customers can order delivery apps such as Postmates or Grubhub.
A MrBeast consumer line is in the works and Donaldson, an avid gamer, has also talked about wanting to own an esports team. In just seven months, his gaming side channel has racked up more than 11 million subscribers.
But no matter how hard he tries, he can’t shake his primary obsession. “I can’t imagine a world where I don’t make YouTube videos,” he said. “In a perfect world, I live and breathe this, and work 12 to 15 hours a day until I die.
Sikkim State Lottery Best SOFT morning results
Sikkim’s ‘Dear Gentle Morning’ lottery is a popular weekly lottery. The face value of the ticket is ₹6. The first prize is ₹50 lakhs. The second prize is ₹9,000. The third prize is 500, the 4th prize is ₹250 and the 5th prize is 120 and will be given to the holders of tickets with matching serial numbers.
In addition to these prizes, there is a consolation prize of 1,000. The draw of the weekly ‘Dear Gentle Morning’ lottery on Saturday will be announced at 11:55 AM.
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The prize structure of the Sikkim State Lottery Sambad
The cost of one ticket is 6. The winner of the first prize can claim ₹50 lakhs. The second prize holder can claim 9,000, the third prize holder can claim 500, while the 4th prize holder can claim ₹250. There is also the 5th prize, where the winner can claim an amount of 120. a consolation prize of ₹1000 given to multiple participants. The latest Sikkim Lottery results for today have been updated at 11:55 am on the official website which is http://www.sikkimlotteries.com/.
Ollie Robinson inspired by Flintoff’s Ashes tourists, but with a different result
Robinson, who is inked to take the field in the series opener in Brisbane on Wednesday, took an extended Christmas break from his private school Canterbury to travel Down Under for the 2006-07 game.
A 5-0 whitewash may not have been the score he hoped for, but the journey proved a formative experience for young Robinson, who was particularly drawn to Flintoff’s combative style.
Fifteen years later, he will be the man in the middle at The Gabba and is optimistic about the prospects of getting the urn back.
“I haven’t been here to play before, but I saw the test match here when I was 13,” he said.
“That was quite special and I was lucky to be here. There were moments in that series that I remember, I think ‘Freddie’ got 80 one day (in Sydney) and I remember thinking he was just taking it to the Aussies.
“Growing up, that’s what I wanted to do and how I wanted to play my cricket. It’s really inspiring to see that as a youngster and now hopefully try to emulate how Flintoff and other players did. I feel like we’re definitely the underdogs, but we can take the urn home.”
Though a five-cap rookie, Robinson has already proved his quality with 28 wickets at an average of 19.60 and also showed in a highly charged run against India this summer that he is no shrinking fiddle on the international stage.
He was happy to exchange a few words with Virat Kohli’s men and it looks like he won’t back down in the coming weeks either.
“I don’t think, as a person, I could keep my head down if I tried,” he explained.
“They are just home fans here too, so we have to be prepared for them to come at us hard and the challenge will be tough.
“I’m definitely going to try and get under their skin and kind of upset them, basically batters and bowlers. If I can get them out of their rhythm we’ll be winning, so it’s something you’ll definitely see and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”
I’m definitely going to try to get under their skin and shake them up a bit. The Aussie chat is pretty atrocious.
Asked about the attention he expected in return, he was no longer conciliatory.
“The Aussie chat is pretty awful if I’m honest,” he added.
Both teams have had little meaningful training, with continued rain in Queensland reducing the warm-up schedule to a few chaotic sessions rather than the scheduled multi-day matches.
But while England have had a typically busy year of test cricket at home and abroad, Australia have not put on their Baggy Greens since their defeat at home to India in January. With their multi-format players also arriving at the last possible moment due to their win at the recent T20 World Cup, Robinson believes England have their noses up for when it comes to preparedness.
“Obviously it wasn’t ideal preparation, it was tough, but as a group we feel like we made it with what we were given,” he said.
“We feel in a good place and we have an edge over the Aussies, which is the most important. They were at the World Cup (final) and in quarantine so they are probably a few weeks behind us. We feel we have a good job in us since we’ve been here and hopefully that will give us an edge in the first test. ”
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