Hong Kong protests: Social media users show support

  • 13 June 2019
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Social media users are posting pictures of wilted or bloodied bauhinia flowers to express solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.

Platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have been used to share news, pictures and messages of support alongside the images, as well as hashtags such as #FightForHongKong and #HongKongProtest.

Activists' attempts to storm government buildings gave way to the worst violence in the city for decades on Wednesday. Previously, days of protests had seen more than a million people take to Hong Kong's streets for predominantly peaceful demonstrations against plans which would permit extradition requests from authorities in mainland China.

Since sovereignty of the former British colony reverted to China in 1997, when the bauhinia blakeana, or Hong Kong orchid tree, was incorporated onto the territory's new flag, it has retained judicial and economic independence under the principle of "one country, two systems".

But many in Hong Kong worry the territory could be brought more decisively under China's control if the extradition bill passes.

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Change A View: One Scottish man's idea to fix the broken world of online debate

  • 13 June 2019
Image caption Kal Turnbull hopes his new website Change A View will result in better online debate

An idea by a Highlands teenager has garnered worldwide attention and is now, six years later, the basis for a fledgling start-up.

At its heart is a simple question: how do you fix the often ugly world of online debate?

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Iranian hardliners threaten taxi app boycott in hijab row

  • 11 June 2019
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Iranian social media users are threatening to boycott their country's popular taxi app Snapp after the company apologised to a woman who had been ordered out of one of their driver's cars for failing to wear the compulsory Islamic headscarf, or hijab.

The passenger posted a picture on Twitter of the driver who ordered her out of his cab.

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Justin Bieber challenges Tom Cruise to UFC fight

  • 10 June 2019
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It is the contest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fans never knew they wanted.

On Sunday, Justin Bieber challenged Tom Cruise to join him in the octagon (the UFC ring) to solve a problem so fiendishly difficult no-one had previously bothered to think of it.

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'#IAmHere': The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place

  • 10 June 2019
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A network of tens of thousands of online volunteers is fighting hate speech on Facebook. They organise under the slogan "#IAmHere".

It's 7:30 in Berlin, and Nina's alarm clock is going off. Before getting up and making breakfast for her 13-month-old daughter, who is sleeping in the next room, she reaches for her phone.

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Beyonce: 'Beyhive' hounds woman off Instagram

  • 7 June 2019
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Beyonce's publicist has asked the star's fans not to "spew hate in her name" after they forced a woman off Instagram for a perceived slight against the artist.

Nicole Curran, the wife of the owner of basketball team Golden State Warriors, has been targeted with abuse after she was seen watching a game with husband Joe Lacob, and their guests Beyonce and Jay-Z on 5 June.

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Calls for a 'Straight Pride Parade' cause stir

  • 5 June 2019
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Image caption The 'Straight Pride Flag' featured on Super Happy Fun America's website

A lively discussion has kicked off on Twitter over the merits of straight people having their own Pride events.

A plan by a group in Boston, US, to hold a '"straight pride" march in August has sparked more than 45,000 tweets in the last 24 hours.

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Russian YouTuber sued over film review

  • 4 June 2019
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A popular Russian YouTuber known for his film reviews has hit out at his country's Ministry of Culture with allegations of censorship.

In a video which has been viewed more than three million times, Yevgeny Bazhenov revealed he is currently being sued for copyright infringement by film studio Kinodanz for using too many clips in his film reviews.

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Emilia Clarke thanks Game of Thrones fans for fundraiser

  • 31 May 2019
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Emilia Clarke has paid tribute to a community of Game of Thrones fans after its users raised more than £75,000 for the brain injury charity she set up.

The fundraiser was organised by users of the Reddit forum r/freefolk.

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European elections: How disinformation spread in Facebook groups

  • 30 May 2019
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Social media groups which encouraged support for UK political parties in the build up to the European elections were targets for fake news and polarising content with links to the far right, a Newsnight investigation has found.

Closed Facebook groups, whose contents can only be viewed by approved members, saw users engage with and share content linked to far-right and potentially fake accounts, including some apparently US and Russian-oriented profiles.

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