Elon Musk swaps shots with Museum of English Rural Life

  • 18 April 2019
A picture of two Twitter profile pictures, on the left Elon Musk with a sheep as his picture, on the right the Museum of Rural English Life with Elon Musk as its picture. Image copyright Twitter
Image caption It's like a really weird game of Guess Who?

Have you heard the one about the sheep so big the CEO of Tesla made it his profile picture?

Elon Musk first tweeted the picture as a joke, but then went a step further by replacing his Twitter avatar with the image of the farmyard animal.

This did not sit right with the sheep photo's owners, the Museum of English Rural Life, which soon made a change of its own.

Now visitors to its Twitter page will be greeted with Musk's smiling face.

Image copyright @TheMERL

Musk is known for participating in running jokes and slang online, such as previously asking Twitter users for their "dankest memes" and releasing a rap song about Harambe, the gorilla shot dead in a US zoo who then became a social media touchstone.

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Star Wars: Mark Hamill supports superfan's emotional video

  • 17 April 2019
Eric Butts is crying while watching the new Star Wars trailer Image copyright Eric Butts/Lucasfilm
Image caption Eric Butts is a 40-year-old YouTuber from Lexington, Kentucky

"I intentionally put crying trailers on the internet. I have to have a thick skin."

Eric Butts is what you might call a "reaction YouTuber". He makes videos where he watches trailers and reacts, whether that's with laughter, bemusement or even tears.

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Baseball: Budweiser advert tweet removed on Jackie Robinson Day

  • 16 April 2019
Jackie Robinson grounding a ball in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees in 1950 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Jackie Robinson's shirt number 42 is the only number to be retired across all MLB teams

Monday marked the 72nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson being the first African-American player to take part in Major League Baseball (MLB), with his shirt number 42 circulating across American sporting social media in celebration.

However, not all references to the day have been deemed appropriate.

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World Snooker Championship: Mark Williams left off official video game cover

  • 12 April 2019
Mark Williams with the World Snooker Championship in 2018 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Mark Williams won his third world snooker title in May 2018

The makers of the official world snooker video game have been accused of a marketing failure after leaving the current world champion off the cover of their latest title Snooker 19.

Images of Mark Selby, Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Neil Robertson were preferred to the 44-year-old Welshman Mark Williams. However, the current world number three has responded in good humour.

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The Redditor who accidentally spent a year talking to himself

  • 11 April 2019
Andy Bowen Image copyright Andy Bowen
Image caption Andy Bowen is a father-of-two living in Coventry, UK

"I just thought I was dull."

Reddit user Andy Bowen could be forgiven for his frank assessment of his online presence.

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Social outcry over video of mum kicking daughter

  • 10 April 2019
Screenshot of mum kicking daughter Image copyright BEIJING NEWS
Image caption The mum was filmed on 8 April in China's eastern city of Hangzhou

A mother has apologised after a video showing her kicking her daughter led to a wave of criticism online in China.

The video has been viewed by more than 22 million people and many voiced their outrage. A lawyer from the women's federation in the city of Hangzhou said the act was "suspected domestic violence".

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Burger King remove 'racist' chopsticks ad

  • 9 April 2019
Screenshot of the Bruger King advert which has been taken down Image copyright Burger King/Instagram
Image caption The Burger King advert has been described as racist by some Twitter users

Burger King has removed an advert which shows western people trying to eat a burger with oversized red chopsticks following criticism on social media.

The advert for a new Vietnamese burger in New Zealand has sparked a debate over whether the advert is harmless fun or culturally insensitive and racist.

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Do celebrities deserve private time?

  • 9 April 2019
Hong Kong rapper Jackson Wang Image copyright Youku
Image caption Hong Kong rapper Jackson Wang crying on talent show Chuang!

What would you be prepared to sacrifice for a life in the spotlight?

Hong Kong rapper Jackson Wang has sparked a debate on social media after admitting that he does not have time to see his mum and dad.

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Brunei hotels withdraw from social media amid anti-LGBT law backlash

  • 5 April 2019
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Media captionWill George Clooney's Brunei boycott really work?

The social media accounts of Brunei-owned luxury hotels have been deleted or made inaccessible amid an ongoing backlash over anti-LGBT laws.

Brunei introduced strict Islamic laws this week that make gay sex punishable by flogging or stoning to death.

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Video app TikTok fails to remove online predators

  • 5 April 2019
TikTok's logo is displayed on a phone. Image copyright Getty Images

Video-sharing app TikTok is failing to suspend the accounts of people sending sexual messages to teenagers and children, a BBC investigation has found.

Hundreds of sexually explicit comments have been found on videos posted by children as young as nine.

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