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How to Spot a Bot
How do you detect a Twitter bot? Ash Bhat and Rohan Padte are students in the United States. They’ve invented an online tool aimed at stopping the spread of political propaganda on Twitter. Also, how a goal celebration by the footballer Paul Pogba helped spread a massive online protest against slave auctions in Libya. Presenter: Jonathan Griffin Producer: Will Yates Reporters: Elizabeth Cassin and Ritu Prasad Caption: How do you identify an online bot? Two students think they have an...
Why Did ‘Black Twitter’ Users Get Banned?
What happens when Twitter is your favourite platform but the company then suspends or terminates your account? The new Twitter rules meant one ‘black Twitter’ user was banned – along with many of his online friends. What happened next? Also, Donald Trump started a diplomatic spat with Britain after retweeting inflammatory videos originally posted by the deputy leader of a far-right UK group. Who was behind those videos, and how have they built an international anti-Islam hub on Facebook?...
YouTube’s Child Protection Problems
Part of YouTube's system for reporting sexualised comments left on children's videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, volunteer moderators have told Trending. Sources inside YouTube’s “Trusted Flagger” programme say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos. A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public to report abuse. But YouTube says it reviews the "vast majority" of reports within...
The Russian Blogger Running for President
For the second in our special series from Russia, we trace how opposition leader Alexei Navalny has used social media to move from writing LiveJournal blogs about corruption to trying to run for president. We meet his supporters, from teenage activists to professional social media strategists as well as those who call his team “a mixture of LGBT people, Satanists and Nazis”. Does Navalny have a shot at winning the presidency – and how is he changing politics in the process? Producer: Kate...