Millions moan that there's only one topic on Chinese TV

  • 4 September 2015

You may have heard the serious side of China's Victory Day parade marking military victory over Japanese forces in World War Two.

But click the above to watch BBC Trending's report on the sarcasm, jokes and complaints that went viral.

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Has one picture shifted our view of refugees?

  • 3 September 2015
A tweet with an image of 3 year old Aylan Kurdi as an angel Image copyright Naser jafari / Twitter

A huge online conversation is taking place around the picture of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy from Kobane, washed up on a Turkish beach. Will it change the way the world views Syrian refugee migrants?

Warning: This article contains a distressing image

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The black students rallying against "remnants of apartheid"

  • 2 September 2015
YouTube screenshot of "Luister" film Image copyright YouTube/ContrabandCapeTown
Image caption A film about alleged racial discrimination at Stellenbosch University has been watched more than 250,000 times on YouTube

Black students at an elite South African university go viral online, with their complaint about enduring racism

The controversy began when a film was posted on YouTube chronicling the challenges faced by black students at Stellenbosch University, one of Africa's most highly regarded universities. Titled "Luister" - meaning "Listen" in Afrikaans - the film detailed racist incidents and also described how students struggled with Afrikaans lessons. "If you don't speak Afrikaans, you don't belong here," said one interviewee, while another said: "I cannot after 23 years of freedom be in a space where I am fighting to simply go to classes that I pay for, like any other student."

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Demand to open doors to Syrians spreading online

  • 2 September 2015
Refugees welcome Image copyright AFP

From the UK to Saudi Arabia, the demand that Syrians and other refugees be accepted is being spread by vocal online campaigns.

The public reaction to Europe's migrant crisis has been deeply polarised. Many in Europe are dismayed by the news of migrant deaths, and there have been several mass protests demanding stricter controls on the influx.

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This teenager maps the Syrian war from his bedroom

  • 1 September 2015

Every day, Thomas van Linge scours Twitter, Facebook and YouTube for the latest on the Syrian conflict. But Thomas doesn't work for an intelligence agency.

In fact, he doesn't work anywhere at all. He's 19 years old, he just finished high school and he lives with his parents in a suburb of Amsterdam. Watch the video above to meet the teenager mapping the Syrian conflict from his bedroom.

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Should politicians have the right to delete their own tweets ... forever?

  • 29 August 2015
The "Tweets MPs Delete" account, the UK version of Politwoops, was one of 31 accounts whose functionality was disabled by Twitter. Image copyright Tweets MPs Delete
Image caption The "Tweets MPs Delete" account, the UK version of Politwoops, was one of 31 accounts whose functionality was disabled by Twitter.

One of the founders of a project to catalogue politicians' deleted tweets has hit back at Twitter for shutting down its accounts - even though he admits they were violating the network's rules.

It was a blow to a project designed to scrutinise public servants. Twitter has put a halt to the functionality of 31 "Politwoops" accounts. These were designed to highlight the behaviour of politicians who tried to delete things they'd posted on Twitter.

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Why has India blocked mobile internet messaging?

  • 27 August 2015

India's Gujarat state has reportedly shut down mobile internet messaging on WhatsApp after deadly riots - but people there continued to swap messages online.

A curfew has been imposed and the army has been called in - and now authorities have turned off mobile internet access in some parts of Gujarat. Reports differ on how extensive the block is and what exactly it covers, but it appears that mobile messaging has been cut off in the main city of Ahmedabad and other cities. Two days of violence has left eight people dead, although there was calm early Thursday in the ahead of funerals planned for those killed.

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Is it right to 'Facebook shame' alleged harassers?

  • 26 August 2015
A partial screenshot of Jasleen Kaur's Facebook post about an alleged harassment incident. Image copyright Facebook/jasleen.kaur.3557
Image caption A Facebook post has triggered a debate in India about justice and online outrage

"No-one stood up for me," student Jasleen Kaur wrote on Facebook. "I decided to stand up for myself."

The Facebook post has sparked a heated debate in India about the "shaming" of alleged harassers on the internet. In her post earlier this week, Kaur said a man on a motorbike made obscene remarks to her at a traffic light in Delhi. She reported the incident to the police but also uploaded a picture of the man, which has since been shared more than 130,000 times.

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Why are Syrians sending love letters to Angela Merkel?

  • 26 August 2015

Far-right protesters in Germany may be booing Chancellor Merkel, but Syrians are sending her loving notes on Facebook.

The message came in a tweet from Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees on Tuesday. Syrian citizens, the office said, would no longer be subject to the Dublin Regulation. The real meaning behind the rather dry edict? Germany won't send Syrian asylum seekers back to the EU country where they first landed - for instance, Greece or Italy. The move will potentially allow thousands to claim refugee status in Germany, and it seems to have been big news among Syrians.

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Is it OK to dress up as Caitlyn Jenner?

  • 26 August 2015

Halloween is weeks away but some costumes are already causing controversy online.

An outfit inspired by Caitlyn Jenner's Vanity Fair cover has been called "transphobic" and "deplorable."

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