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Who’s Pushing Syria Conspiracies?
There’s a disinformation war over the conflict in Syria. With reporting on the ground increasingly difficult, who can you trust to bring you the truth? BBC Trending has unearthed a network of very influential Twitter accounts, some with tens or hundreds of thousands of followers, who push conspiracy theories. Plus authorities in the UK say social media is fuelling an escalation in knife attacks. We look into those claims and ask, have social networks really changed the nature of street...
How Jokes Can Get You Blocked in Germany
At the start of this year, Germany introduced one of the strictest laws on online hate speech in Europe. Social media companies are required to take down illegal hate speech under the threat of massive fines. But there have been some strange consequences as a result of the new law, and many are worried about its impact on free speech. Some comedians are now complaining that their material is becoming a casualty in an increasing “culture of deletion”. This week we’re in Germany speaking to...
North Korea’s YouTube Stars
Vloggers are setting up YouTube channels in one of the most closed countries in the world. North Korea has strict regulations about what types of information can be accessed by citizens inside the country. But the country does allow overseas photographers to set up YouTube channels about life in North Korea. Of course, operating a social media account in Pyongyang comes with trade-offs. On the programme this week, Singaporean YouTuber Aram Pan provides an insight into the secretive state....
The #DeleteFacebook Debate
After revelations about Facebook and the data firm Cambridge Analytica, there’s a surge in people talking about privacy and social media. Despite the best efforts of tech journalists over the years, many are only now realising how much personal information ends up in the hands of the big social networks. On the programme this week we speak to a security expert whose tweet about privacy and social media went viral. Dylan Curran has some eye-opening details and some tips on how to keep your...