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Street Battles in America
This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists. White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies. A fight that lived online between the two groups has now seen itself being played out on the streets in America in traditionally liberal towns...
Russian Army Selfie Ban
The Russian military wants to stop its regular soldiers from posting selfies on social media. We find out why. Also, the online spat between two rival filmmakers documenting the life and death of a black transexual woman. And the singer whose post about his new girlfriend caused China’s biggest website to crash. Presented by Jonathan Griffin Produced by Will Yates Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day in Saint Petersburg in July / Credit: Olga Maltseva...
Tales of a Sexist Double Standard
Sexist double standards. It’s a topic that’s older than social media itself, but which has nonetheless recently been a talking topic on social media in Pakistan. We delve into this issue through the lens of three viral stories - all of which shed a different light on the debate - and we hear from those who are fighting back. Also, a Facebook group which runs under the provocative title “Dysfunctional Veterans” has gained a massive following online. We look into this online effort to help...
The ‘Husband-Proof’ Shopping List
We hear from the Indian couple behind the viral ‘husband-proof’ shopping list, finding out how the list came about and their response to its success on social media. And, a personal tale of online harassment and intimidation. We talk to a Finnish journalist who spent years as the target of pro-Russian trolls, and we also talk to the grandson of the World War 2 veteran who found overnight internet fame after an image of him kneeling in support of American football players protesting the US...