Social media

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Facebook knew of Honduran president’s manipulation campaign – and let it continue for 11 months
Juan Orlando Hernández falsely inflated his posts’ popularity for nearly a year after the company was informed about it

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco and Jeff Ernst

13, Apr, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Just say no: negativity is secret of political tweet success, study finds
Want to go viral on Twitter? Steer clear of positive terms, Spanish researchers say

Natalie Grover

13, Apr, 2021 @10:02 AM

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‘Facebook isn’t interested in countries like ours’: Azerbaijan troll network returns months after ban
State-backed harassment campaign targets journalists and dissidents in authoritarian country

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco and Luke Harding in London

13, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Twitter advertises jobs in Ghana as it prepares to open first Africa office
Recruitment marks significant step in social media company’s plans to establish presence on continent

Guardian staff and agencies

13, Apr, 2021 @2:53 AM

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Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens
A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco

12, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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How Facebook let fake engagement distort global politics: a whistleblower's account
The inside story of Sophie Zhang’s battle to combat rampant manipulation as executives delayed and deflected

Julia Carrie Wong in San Francisco

12, Apr, 2021 @8:00 AM

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Making sense of conspiracy theorists as the world gets more bizarre
It is 20 years since Jon Ronson wrote Them, his eye-popping investigation into conspiracy theorists. Now, in a world awash with tales of paedophile elites and puppet masters, is he any closer to understanding it all?

Jon Ronson

11, Apr, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Who will deal with your online presence when you die? How to create a ‘digital will’
Making a plan now can prevent identity theft, save records and stop friends getting painful pop-up reminders when you’re gone

Naaman Zhou

10, Apr, 2021 @8:00 PM

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Rangers join Swansea’s social media boycott over online abuse
Championship clubs are pushing for EFL teams to adopt a powerful collective approach to tackling online discrimination after Swansea announced a social media boycott

Ben Fisher

08, Apr, 2021 @9:16 PM

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Leicester University may strip professor of title over social media barbs
Peter Armstrong, 81, has been critical of management’s financial competence and ‘bullying’ tactics

Sally Weale, education correspondent, and Rachel Hall

08, Apr, 2021 @5:36 PM

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Stomachs in? Return of low-rise jeans leads to social media flare-up
UK online searches up 73% since last year but some users are railing against the ‘bad taste’ trend

Priya Elan Deputy fashion editor

08, Apr, 2021 @12:47 PM

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A room with a view: the Twitter account that spent a year staring into people’s homes
As the pandemic forced us inside and online, Room Rater was one Twitter account giving doomscrollers a well-needed levity break. A year on, co-founder Claude Taylor explains how he plans to keep going

Morwenna Ferrier

08, Apr, 2021 @10:08 AM

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