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Is the #RioProblems hashtag a fair reflection of #Rio2016?

Spectators and empty seats at the beach volleyball venue in Copacabana beach during the 2016 Rio Olympics Image copyright AP

Spectators at the Games and on TV have taken to Twitter to highlight what they see as shortcomings at the Rio Olympics, using the hashtag #RioProblems.

A number of issues have emerged in the first week of the sporting showpiece, including the green diving pool, empty seats at venues and a shortage of food for hungry fans, prompting people to air their grievances online. But is it a fair reflection of what is happening in Brazil?

The hashtag peaked on Monday, with thousands sharing video of alleged muggings on the streets of Rio during the Olympics, although it has not been independently verified as taking place over the past week.

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#RioProblems has also accompanied other issues at the host venues, such as the wrong national anthem being played ahead of the Nigerian men's football fixture against Japan.

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It has also been accompanied by several Twitter accounts set up under the same name, although they all appear to have been set up before the Games, with some registered as early as two years ago, perhaps in anticipation of issues arising at South America's first Olympics.

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Journalists have used the hashtag to highlight the issues affecting them in the media bubble, from late courtesy buses to coffee shortages.

The sign in this tweet translates as: "Due to technical issues, we suspend the coffee service in this refreshment station. We apologise for any inconvenience."

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Meanwhile, others spotted an easy opportunity for a joke.

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To counter any perceived negativity, others are including #RioProblems in their tweets to highlight some good news stories coming out of Rio.

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And, perhaps most promisingly for the Rio 2016 organisers, this tweeter noted that #RioProblems may not top the widely used #SochiProblems hashtag, which mainly documented the facilities at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.

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As ever, there are those who never miss the opportunity for a meme, reacting mainly to the - now infamous - green pool.

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So, it seems the hashtag has become a catch-all for issues around Rio 2016, big and small. Whether it is a fair reflection may well be a matter of opinion and perspective.

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