Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Twitter Pulls Back from On-Platform Buying – Do Consumers Want to Buy on Social?

According to a new report from BuzzFeed, Twitter has disbanded its 25 member commerce team. The group had primarily been working on Twitter’s ‘Buy Button’, which it was envisioned would eventually enable one-click shopping on the platform, as well as their experimental ‘Products Pages’ which were in testing phase via some verified profiles.

Tsai Ing-wen 'extremist because single' article riles social media

An article on Chinese state media that said Taiwan's new leader Tsai Ing-wen has an "extremist style" because she is unmarried has prompted outrage online.

The opinion piece, published by the Xinhua news agency, said Ms Tsai did not have the "emotional burden" of a family, leading to an "erratic style".

Friday, 20 May 2016

Social Media

China 'flooding' social media with fake posts

China is "flooding" social media with comments by paid supporters in a bid to sway public opinion, a report has said.

The research by Harvard academics draws on leaked documents to paint a picture of the way China polices social media.

Iraq Blocks Internet to Stop Widespread Exam Cheating

Cheating has gotten so out of hand in Iraq that officials are blocking the Internet nationwide to prevent students from accessing leaked exam answers via Facebook

Since Saturday, authorities have shut down all online access from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily, according to Education Ministry spokeswoman Hadeel al-Ameri.

New Website Helps Germans and Migrants Meet, Talk About Life

During the height of the migrant crisis in Europe last fall, Lasse Landt came to a startling realization.

Thousands of migrants were pouring into Germany every day, but the 36-year-old startup consultant from Berlin hadn't met a single one of them.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Facebook Publishes Its Policy On 'Trending Topics'

Responding to a media firestorm that erupted this week over how Facebook FB -0.37% puts together its prominent ”Trending Topics” section for its 1.7 billion users, the company publicly shared its internal guidelines for running the feature.