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How an anonymous social network spawned some of the biggest and most recognisable online political movements. We look at the origins, the people who use it and what the future holds.

Also, a new reality television show in South Africa on polygamy has ignited a wide internet discussion. We speak to Musa Mseleku and one of his wives, Thobile Khumalo on how they navigate their polygamous lifestyle.

Presented by Megha Mohan and Mike Wendling
Produced by Anisa Subedar

Image: Logo from the 4Chan website depicting a girl with purple hair holding a purple gift box / Credit: 4Chan

20170609

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The conflict in Venezuela has now moved beyond the country’s borders – both on and offline. It involves Venezuelan exiles publicly shaming people living abroad who are connected to the government. BBC Trending hears from those who are targeted and targeting.

Also, offensive messages on social media have resulted in some students having their admissions revoked from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: A masked Venezuelan opposition activist uses her mobile phone / Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP / Getty Images

20170609

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The conflict in Venezuela has now moved beyond the country’s borders – both on and offline. It involves Venezuelan exiles publicly shaming people living abroad who are connected to the government. BBC Trending hears from those who are targeted and targeting.

Also, offensive messages on social media have resulted in some students having their admissions revoked from one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: A masked Venezuelan opposition activist uses her mobile phone / Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt / AFP / Getty Images

20170616

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Quilting – it’s an innocent-sounding traditional art, and one with a rich social and political history. And the art is not immune to America’s fractious political climate, as a conflict has erupted online amongst those within the quilting world. We hear about the secretive Facebook comments which have ripped apart those in the quilting community.

Also on the programme, in the wake of the surprising results from the UK general election we’ll dissect a new political phenomenon found on Facebook.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producer: Kayleen Devlin

Image: Close up of Quilt / Credit: Eric Suszynski

20170616

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Quilting – it’s an innocent-sounding traditional art, and one with a rich social and political history. And the art is not immune to America’s fractious political climate, as a conflict has erupted online amongst those within the quilting world. We hear about the secretive Facebook comments which have ripped apart those in the quilting community.

Also on the programme, in the wake of the surprising results from the UK general election we’ll dissect a new political phenomenon found on Facebook.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producer: Kayleen Devlin

Image: Close up of Quilt / Credit: Eric Suszynski

#bbctrending In Istanbul20140808
#bbctrending In Istanbul20140808

Has Turkey’s Prime Minister made a Twitter turnaround? BBC Trending heads to Istanbul to find out. On Sunday 10th August Turkey’s voters will go to the polling stations to select their first democratically elected President.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

The current Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development, or AK Party, has benefited from a huge campaign on social media as part of his bid for the presidency. But this is the man who had previously blocked platforms he’s now using, like Twitter and YouTube. We speak to Yavuz Degirmenci, part of the AK Party’s Istanbul branch about the role of social media this time around.

Mukul also takes a walk through the election trends and memes that are tickling Turkey this week and finds out the latest on a blocked Twitter account leaking government information. He also looks into the digital legacy of the 2013 Gezi protests. Plus, from little screen to big screen: the story of a YouTube comedy series in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

Has Turkey’s Prime Minister made a Twitter turnaround? BBC Trending heads to Istanbul to find out. On Sunday 10th August Turkey’s voters will go to the polling stations to select their first democratically elected President.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

The current Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development, or AK Party, has benefited from a huge campaign on social media as part of his bid for the presidency. But this is the man who had previously blocked platforms he’s now using, like Twitter and YouTube. We speak to Yavuz Degirmenci, part of the AK Party’s Istanbul branch about the role of social media this time around.

Mukul also takes a walk through the election trends and memes that are tickling Turkey this week and finds out the latest on a blocked Twitter account leaking government information. He also looks into the digital legacy of the 2013 Gezi protests. Plus, from little screen to big screen: the story of a YouTube comedy series in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

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#bbctrending In Istanbul20140808

Has Turkey’s Prime Minister made a Twitter turnaround? BBC Trending heads to Istanbul to find out. On Sunday 10th August Turkey’s voters will go to the polling stations to select their first democratically elected President.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

The current Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development, or AK Party, has benefited from a huge campaign on social media as part of his bid for the presidency. But this is the man who had previously blocked platforms he’s now using, like Twitter and YouTube. We speak to Yavuz Degirmenci, part of the AK Party’s Istanbul branch about the role of social media this time around.

Mukul also takes a walk through the election trends and memes that are tickling Turkey this week and finds out the latest on a blocked Twitter account leaking government information. He also looks into the digital legacy of the 2013 Gezi protests. Plus, from little screen to big screen: the story of a YouTube comedy series in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

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#bbctrending In Istanbul20140809
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Twitter turnaround in the Turkish elections?

On Sunday 10th August Turkey will head to the polls to vote for its first democratically elected President.

#BBC Trending is in Istanbul to talk trends and online battles in a country where social media has in the past been blocked. Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

Mukul finds out why Turks are so quick to turn silly trends into something political and biting, as he and the team explore the election memes that are tickling Turkey this week. BBCtrending meets the Mark Zuckerberg of Turkey, Sedat Kapanoglu. He’s the brain behind Eksi Sozluk, an online forum that predates Wikipedia and drew a little inspiration from the vintage BBC comedy Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Plus from little screen to big screen: how a YouTube comedy series set in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, has found its way into the movies.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

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#bbctrending In Istanbul2014080920140810 (WS)

Twitter turnaround in the Turkish elections?

On Sunday 10th August Turkey will head to the polls to vote for its first democratically elected President.

#BBC Trending is in Istanbul to talk trends and online battles in a country where social media has in the past been blocked. Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

Mukul finds out why Turks are so quick to turn silly trends into something political and biting, as he and the team explore the election memes that are tickling Turkey this week. BBCtrending meets the Mark Zuckerberg of Turkey, Sedat Kapanoglu. He’s the brain behind Eksi Sozluk, an online forum that predates Wikipedia and drew a little inspiration from the vintage BBC comedy Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Plus from little screen to big screen: how a YouTube comedy series set in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, has found its way into the movies.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

Twitter turnaround in the Turkish elections?

On Sunday 10th August Turkey will head to the polls to vote for its first democratically elected President.

#BBC Trending is in Istanbul to talk trends and online battles in a country where social media has in the past been blocked. Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined at Bilgi University in Istanbul to discuss the trends and memes of the elections and the changing voice on social media.

Mukul finds out why Turks are so quick to turn silly trends into something political and biting, as he and the team explore the election memes that are tickling Turkey this week. BBCtrending meets the Mark Zuckerberg of Turkey, Sedat Kapanoglu. He’s the brain behind Eksi Sozluk, an online forum that predates Wikipedia and drew a little inspiration from the vintage BBC comedy Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Plus from little screen to big screen: how a YouTube comedy series set in the slums of Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, has found its way into the movies.

Mukul is joined on the panel by Professor Erkan Saka, Cagil Kasapoglu from BBC Turkish and BBC Trending’s Esra Dogramaci.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

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#jesuischarlie € One Year On2016010220160103 (WS)

How a fringe newspaper became a worldwide symbol for freedom of expression.

#Je suis Charlie

Ever since it was created in the 1960s, Charlie Hebdo has always prided itself on being “mean and nasty? and holding nothing sacred. And yet, a year ago after 11 of its staff were killed in a shooting, its name has inspired one of the world’s most recognisable slogans “Je suis Charlie?, a rallying cause for free speech, which spread around the world via social media and inspired many causes.

The recognition and support brought the paper wealth and an international audience, but also a level of scrutiny it had never before experienced, with its past and current covers now being shared around the world, debated and often criticised as people argue over the limits of satire.

Also, Anne-Marie Tomchak reports on the viral body image issues of the year past.

Produced by Estelle Doyle

Image credit: Joaquim Roncin

#jesuischarlie € One Year On2016010220160103 (WS)

How a fringe newspaper became a worldwide symbol for freedom of expression.

#Je suis Charlie

Ever since it was created in the 1960s, Charlie Hebdo has always prided itself on being “mean and nasty? and holding nothing sacred. And yet, a year ago after 11 of its staff were killed in a shooting, its name has inspired one of the world’s most recognisable slogans “Je suis Charlie?, a rallying cause for free speech, which spread around the world via social media and inspired many causes.

The recognition and support brought the paper wealth and an international audience, but also a level of scrutiny it had never before experienced, with its past and current covers now being shared around the world, debated and often criticised as people argue over the limits of satire.

Also, Anne-Marie Tomchak reports on the viral body image issues of the year past.

Produced by Estelle Doyle

Image credit: Joaquim Roncin

#pantsdown In Kenya, And The €evil Tongue’ Online2014100420141005 (WS)

Pastors caught with their pants down trend in Kenya

#Pantsdown has been tweeted thousands of times by Kenyans following a film in which a church pastor is caught in a compromising situation with a woman who isn’t his wife. The video on YouTube has had over 250,000 views and there are other similar films out there. Now Kenyans are using #PantsDown to discuss the morality of the Anglican church. Anne-Marie Tomchak speaks to one blogger who believes the films are scams, and asks a pastor whether members of the clergy are being targeted.

We find out how the daughter of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive has enraged people in the region by thanking tax payers for her luxury fashion items on Facebook. We also learn about the power of lashon Hara - Hebrew for ‘evil tongue’ or gossip - after a video about a rabbi buying lamb started spreading online.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by India Rakusen from the Trending team and down the line by Ruth Nesoba from BBC Nairobi and Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

(Photo: Man with jeans pants down. Credit: Shutterstock)

#pantsdown In Kenya, And The €evil Tongue’ Online2014100420141005 (WS)

Pastors caught with their pants down trend in Kenya

Pastors caught with their pants down trend in Kenya

#Pantsdown has been tweeted thousands of times by Kenyans following a film in which a church pastor is caught in a compromising situation with a woman who isn’t his wife. The video on YouTube has had over 250,000 views and there are other similar films out there. Now Kenyans are using #PantsDown to discuss the morality of the Anglican church. Anne-Marie Tomchak speaks to one blogger who believes the films are scams, and asks a pastor whether members of the clergy are being targeted.

We find out how the daughter of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive has enraged people in the region by thanking tax payers for her luxury fashion items on Facebook. We also learn about the power of lashon Hara - Hebrew for ‘evil tongue’ or gossip - after a video about a rabbi buying lamb started spreading online.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by India Rakusen from the Trending team and down the line by Ruth Nesoba from BBC Nairobi and Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

(Photo: Man with jeans pants down. Credit: Shutterstock)

#Pantsdown has been tweeted thousands of times by Kenyans following a film in which a church pastor is caught in a compromising situation with a woman who isn’t his wife. The video on YouTube has had over 250,000 views and there are other similar films out there. Now Kenyans are using #PantsDown to discuss the morality of the Anglican church. Anne-Marie Tomchak speaks to one blogger who believes the films are scams, and asks a pastor whether members of the clergy are being targeted.

We find out how the daughter of Hong Kong’s Chief Executive has enraged people in the region by thanking tax payers for her luxury fashion items on Facebook. We also learn about the power of lashon Hara - Hebrew for ‘evil tongue’ or gossip - after a video about a rabbi buying lamb started spreading online.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by India Rakusen from the Trending team and down the line by Ruth Nesoba from BBC Nairobi and Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

(Photo: Man with jeans pants down. Credit: Shutterstock)

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How an anonymous social network spawned some of the biggest and most recognisable online political movements. We look at the origins, the people who use it and what the future holds.

Also, a new reality television show in South Africa on polygamy has ignited a wide internet discussion. We speak to Musa Mseleku and one of his wives, Thobile Khumalo on how they navigate their polygamous lifestyle.

Presented by Megha Mohan and Mike Wendling
Produced by Anisa Subedar

Image: Logo from the 4Chan website depicting a girl with purple hair holding a purple gift box / Credit: 4Chan

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€blessers’ - South Africa’s Sugar Daddy Problem2016052120160522 (WS)

The online backlash against relationships based on money and gifts

In South Africa a 'blesser' is a man who showers gifts and money on women in exchange for a relationship or sex. An online backlash against these sugar daddies has been trending this week. Even the health minister has spoken out because of fears the 'blesser' phenomenon is contributing to high rates of HIV among young women.

And in Bangladesh, Wikipedia is fighting online pirates who are using its site to allow people to secretly download bootlegged Hollywood films for free. The pirates are hiding movie files on websites which poorer people can access for free in Bangladesh, as part of a scheme to encourage internet use. The practice is illegal, but some say it poses difficult questions about internet access in the developing world.

€blessers’ - South Africa’s Sugar Daddy Problem2016052120160522 (WS)

The online backlash against relationships based on money and gifts

In South Africa a 'blesser' is a man who showers gifts and money on women in exchange for a relationship or sex. An online backlash against these sugar daddies has been trending this week. Even the health minister has spoken out because of fears the 'blesser' phenomenon is contributing to high rates of HIV among young women.

And in Bangladesh, Wikipedia is fighting online pirates who are using its site to allow people to secretly download bootlegged Hollywood films for free. The pirates are hiding movie files on websites which poorer people can access for free in Bangladesh, as part of a scheme to encourage internet use. The practice is illegal, but some say it poses difficult questions about internet access in the developing world.

Antifascists V Alt.right2017021820170219 (WS)

We investigate the dirty tricks used online by Antifascists and the Alt.Right in the US

The Alt.Right in the US is locked in a fierce ideological battle with Antifa - a group of anti-fascists. We investigate online dirty tricks by both sides.

And debunking myths in India. How the country is getting to grips with the spread of fake news on an untrackable social platform.

Producer: Anisa Subedar

(Image: Protest, Credit: Getty Images)

Are Viral Videos To Blame For Rising Us Murder Rates?2016062520160626 (WS)

Why have murder rates spiked in several US cities? The head of the FBI, James Comey, has asked whether police are holding back from their work through fear of being filmed on camera phones and going viral on YouTube. The theory has been dubbed the ‘Viral Video Effect’, or the ‘Ferguson Effect’ after the city that witnessed unrest after a black teenager was killed by a white police officer.

The theory has polarised opinion, but could there be any truth in it? We hear from experts on both sides of the debate, and speak to Richard Rosenfeld who has published the most recent piece of research.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Photo: Yellow cordon that reads 'Police Line Do Not Cross'. Credit: Shutterstock)

The idea - known as the ‘Ferguson Effect' – is dividing opinion in America

Are Viral Videos To Blame For Rising Us Murder Rates?2016062520160626 (WS)

Why have murder rates spiked in several US cities? The head of the FBI, James Comey, has asked whether police are holding back from their work through fear of being filmed on camera phones and going viral on YouTube. The theory has been dubbed the ‘Viral Video Effect’, or the ‘Ferguson Effect’ after the city that witnessed unrest after a black teenager was killed by a white police officer.

The theory has polarised opinion, but could there be any truth in it? We hear from experts on both sides of the debate, and speak to Richard Rosenfeld who has published the most recent piece of research.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Photo: Yellow cordon that reads 'Police Line Do Not Cross'. Credit: Shutterstock)

The idea - known as the ‘Ferguson Effect' – is dividing opinion in America

Being €black On Campus’2015111420151115 (WS)

Students share their experience of being ‘Black on Campus’

Black students protesting against racism in Missouri have attracted global attention all week. The head of the university has resigned. But there are now signs that the online campaign has spread to other campuses across the United States as students share their experiences of being ‘Black on Campus.’

(Photo: Mizzou Legacy Circle. Credit: Getty Images)

Being €black On Campus’2015111420151115 (WS)

Students share their experience of being ‘Black on Campus’

Black students protesting against racism in Missouri have attracted global attention all week. The head of the university has resigned. But there are now signs that the online campaign has spread to other campuses across the United States as students share their experiences of being ‘Black on Campus.’

(Photo: Mizzou Legacy Circle. Credit: Getty Images)

Being White In Taiwan2015112120151122 (WS)

What does a video of an Englishman being racially abused tell us about life in Taiwan?

Smartphone footage of an Englishman being racially abused in Taiwan has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube. We ask what the video tells us about Taiwanese culture, and how ‘foreigners’ – and Westerners in particular – are perceived in the country.

And we examine claims that India is ‘choking’ Nepal, by stopping fuel and medical supplies getting into the country. That’s what one popular hashtag, driven by people in Nepal, has claimed - but the Indian government denies the allegations.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image Credit: DreamLucid / YouTube

Being White In Taiwan2015112120151122 (WS)

What does a video of an Englishman being racially abused tell us about life in Taiwan?

Smartphone footage of an Englishman being racially abused in Taiwan has been viewed more than two million times on YouTube. We ask what the video tells us about Taiwanese culture, and how ‘foreigners’ – and Westerners in particular – are perceived in the country.

And we examine claims that India is ‘choking’ Nepal, by stopping fuel and medical supplies getting into the country. That’s what one popular hashtag, driven by people in Nepal, has claimed - but the Indian government denies the allegations.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image Credit: DreamLucid / YouTube

Calling Out The Trolls2015120520151206 (WS)

Meet Clementine Ford, the Australian columnist who was bombarded by misogynistic abuse on Facebook. She reported one of her trolls to his employer, and it cost him his job.

And we hear from the Mexican politician who live-streamed himself accusing a woman of dropping litter. The confrontation has been watched hundreds of thousands of times, but is public shaming a fair or effective way to seek retribution?

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Image Credit: Shutterstock)

A man has been fired after being called out for posting misogynistic abuse on Facebook.

Calling Out The Trolls2015120520151206 (WS)

Meet Clementine Ford, the Australian columnist who was bombarded by misogynistic abuse on Facebook. She reported one of her trolls to his employer, and it cost him his job.

And we hear from the Mexican politician who live-streamed himself accusing a woman of dropping litter. The confrontation has been watched hundreds of thousands of times, but is public shaming a fair or effective way to seek retribution?

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Image Credit: Shutterstock)

A man has been fired after being called out for posting misogynistic abuse on Facebook.

Can Rap Incite Crime?2016100120161002 (WS)

Controversy has erupted in the US over a hip hop song that offers a step-by-step guide to committing burglary and contains lyrics suggesting criminals target Chinese homes. We talk to one of the protesters who is trying to get the track banned.

And, Palestinians are accusing Facebook of censoring some of their social media posts to win favour with the Israeli government. We also hear about counter claims by Israelis, who say Facebook is failing to remove material that incites violence against them.

(Photo: Rapper YG attends the 10th Annual BMI Urban Awards. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Can Rap Incite Crime?2016100120161002 (WS)

Controversy has erupted in the US over a hip hop song that offers a step-by-step guide to committing burglary and contains lyrics suggesting criminals target Chinese homes. We talk to one of the protesters who is trying to get the track banned.

And, Palestinians are accusing Facebook of censoring some of their social media posts to win favour with the Israeli government. We also hear about counter claims by Israelis, who say Facebook is failing to remove material that incites violence against them.

(Photo: Rapper YG attends the 10th Annual BMI Urban Awards. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)

Cash For Catastrophes?2016082720160828 (WS)

Meet the people who buy and sell viral videos of news events for thousands of dollars.

Meet Kim O’Connor, the woman who filmed a boy fall into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo – moments before the animal was shot dead. Kim had no intention of making a profit at the time, but three months later she has made tens of thousands of dollars by licensing the clip to a specialist agency.

We delve into the world of viral video trading, speaking to the people who acquire and sell viral footage – some of it entertaining, some of it tragic – as well as the news organisations (the BBC included) that buy it.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Photo caption: Aftermath of the Shoreham Airshow Crash / Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid, Getty.

Cash For Catastrophes?2016082720160828 (WS)

Meet the people who buy and sell viral videos of news events for thousands of dollars.

Meet Kim O’Connor, the woman who filmed a boy fall into a gorilla enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo – moments before the animal was shot dead. Kim had no intention of making a profit at the time, but three months later she has made tens of thousands of dollars by licensing the clip to a specialist agency.

We delve into the world of viral video trading, speaking to the people who acquire and sell viral footage – some of it entertaining, some of it tragic – as well as the news organisations (the BBC included) that buy it.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Photo caption: Aftermath of the Shoreham Airshow Crash / Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid, Getty.

Chilli Controversy: How #ladychiles Of Mexico Humiliated Her Maid.2014083020140831 (WS)

A maid filmed taking food sparks #LadyChiles backlash in Mexico

A national chilli dish in Mexico was served up this week with a side order of angry debate after a maid was filmed apparently taking more than her share of dinner. Her employer filmed the moment the maid was confronted and the video was posted to social media. Presenter Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out why thousands have been angrily tweeting #LadyChiles

And we look at the satirical video ‘Armagayddon’ which was released by an Irish gay rights group and marked the beginning of the countdown to the referendum on same-sex marriages in Ireland. Anne-Marie discusses the importance of social media in the debate.

And we find out why social media restrictions on journalists in India have ignited the trend #TwitterPasswords.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by fellow Irish BBC Journalist Ciara Riordan, BBC Trending’s Sam Judah and from Mexico by the BBC correspondent Will Grant.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

(Image: Red chilli pieces by the side of a plate. BBC Copyright)

Chilli Controversy: How #ladychiles Of Mexico Humiliated Her Maid.2014083020140831 (WS)

A national chilli dish in Mexico was served up this week with a side order of angry debate after a maid was filmed apparently taking more than her share of dinner. Her employer filmed the moment the maid was confronted and the video was posted to social media. Presenter Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out why thousands have been angrily tweeting #LadyChiles

And we look at the satirical video ‘Armagayddon’ which was released by an Irish gay rights group and marked the beginning of the countdown to the referendum on same-sex marriages in Ireland. Anne-Marie discusses the importance of social media in the debate.

And we find out why social media restrictions on journalists in India have ignited the trend #TwitterPasswords.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by fellow Irish BBC Journalist Ciara Riordan, BBC Trending’s Sam Judah and from Mexico by the BBC correspondent Will Grant.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

(Image: Red chilli pieces by the side of a plate. BBC Copyright)

A maid filmed taking food sparks #LadyChiles backlash in Mexico

A maid filmed taking food sparks #LadyChiles backlash in Mexico

A national chilli dish in Mexico was served up this week with a side order of angry debate after a maid was filmed apparently taking more than her share of dinner. Her employer filmed the moment the maid was confronted and the video was posted to social media. Presenter Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out why thousands have been angrily tweeting #LadyChiles

And we look at the satirical video ‘Armagayddon’ which was released by an Irish gay rights group and marked the beginning of the countdown to the referendum on same-sex marriages in Ireland. Anne-Marie discusses the importance of social media in the debate.

And we find out why social media restrictions on journalists in India have ignited the trend #TwitterPasswords.

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by fellow Irish BBC Journalist Ciara Riordan, BBC Trending’s Sam Judah and from Mexico by the BBC correspondent Will Grant.

The programme was produced by India Rakusen

(Image: Red chilli pieces by the side of a plate. BBC Copyright)

China’s Online Search For Stolen Children2016012320160124 (WS)

The online hunt for abducted children in China.

An image of a three-year-old girl being abducted has flooded social media in China. The girl has now been found, but the search sheds light on the country's huge digital campaigns trying to return tens of thousands of missing children to their parents.

How a Bollywood actress wowed the web over the grilling she received during a TV interview.

Meet Bill, the new stick figure that went viral this week. Bill has plenty of advice to offer on the type of content is shared online and will attempt to regulate human interaction. He’s known by different names around the world with a universal theme but there is only one Bill.

Presented by Chris Foxx @thisisFoxx with Kerry Allen @kerrya11en, Anisa Subedar @OnlyAnisa and Nooshin Soluch. Produced by Estelle Doyle.

Image: CCTV of child

Image credit: Huaxi Metropolis Daily

China’s Rush For Divorce2016090320160904 (WS)

Happy couples in Shanghai have been rushing to divorce because of rumours of rules change that would make it more expensive for them to buy property.

Our second story looks at the first anniversary of the death of three-year-old Alan Kurdi. Did the iconic image of Syrian toddler’s body washed up on a beach lead to real changes in public opinion and the way governments treat refugees?

Producers: Anisa Subedar and Sam Judah

(Photo credit to Think Stock)

Happy couples in Shanghai are getting divorced to buy homes more cheaply

China’s Tampon Taboo2016082020160821 (WS)

Swimmer Fu Yuanhui got China talking by saying her performance was affected by her period

It’s not every day that you hear someone talking about their menstrual cycle live on TV. And it’s even more rare if that person is an Olympic athlete from China. But that’s what happened this week when swimmer Fu Yuanhui, admitted she wasn’t at her best because of period pains. It’s opened up a whole new conversation about tampons in China - a country where some have never even heard of them.

Plus, we unpick the story behind a viral video of El Jefe, the last Jaguar in America which some suggest could put jaguar research in jeopardy, and one of the founders of the Norwegian Death Diving Federation tells us why the sport has been trending this week.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Sam Judah.

Photo: Swimmer Fu Yuanhui with her medal / Photo credit: Gabriel Buoys / Getty

Conversations With A Hacker2017011420170115 (WS)

Tracking the Hackers - Who is Guccifer 2.0?

Donald Trump accepted this week that Russia was responsible for hacking the Democratic Party’s emails. So who is the mysterious Guccifer 2.0 who claims he was behind the hack?

And we investigate the case of an American victim of “ revenge porn? who’s trying to vanish completely from the internet. Is it possible to erase your digital footprint?

Produced by Anisa Subedar and Will Yates.

Image: Hooded hacker at computer / Credit: iStock

Could Sending A Gif Be A Crime?2017012120170122 (WS)

How do you go online if flashing lights could hurt you?

GIFs – online flashing animations – can induce seizures in those with photosensitive epilepsy. So is knowingly sending a GIF to a person with epilepsy a crime? We find out about a case testing exactly that question.

We also look at the bull festival in south India called Jallikattu where animal rights activists are in a heated dispute with those in favour of the tradition both on the streets and on the internet.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Presented by Mike Wendling

Reporters: Megha Mohan and Will Yates

Image caption: Fluorescent pattern / Image credit: iStock

Demonetisation’s Fake News Demons20161217
Demonetisation’s Fake News Demons2016121720161218 (WS)

False rumours suggesting India’s new bank notes could be radioactive are spreading online

India’s demonetisation process has been mired in controversy - and now it faces a new challenge: fake news stories about the country’s new banknotes. Rumours have been spreading online suggesting the notes have been embedded with GPS chips, and are even radioactive.

And – when trolls started stealing a disabled American boy’s photos and turning them into cruel memes, his mother Jenny decided to start fighting back online. We put her in touch with another mother who fought a very similar battle against the trolls… and won.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption:bank employee counts 100 Rupee notes / Image credit: Indranil Mukherjee, Getty Images.

Demonetisation’s Fake News Demons2016121720161218 (WS)

India’s demonetisation process has been mired in controversy - and now it faces a new challenge: fake news stories about the country’s new banknotes. Rumours have been spreading online suggesting the notes have been embedded with GPS chips, and are even radioactive.

And – when trolls started stealing a disabled American boy’s photos and turning them into cruel memes, his mother Jenny decided to start fighting back online. We put her in touch with another mother who fought a very similar battle against the trolls… and won.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption:bank employee counts 100 Rupee notes / Image credit: Indranil Mukherjee, Getty Images.

False rumours suggesting India’s new bank notes could be radioactive are spreading online

Disturbing Rip-off Cartoons2017032520170326 (WS)

Thousands of videos aimed at children are posted on YouTube that initially look like some of their favourite cartoon series. On closer inspection all is not quite what it seems as it reveals weird and often disturbing content that is potentially unsuitable for young children. We investigate who is making this content and why? Is the onus on parents to take responsibility for their children’s viewing or should the host platform, YouTube, be doing more?

Reporter/Producer: Will Yates and Anisa Subedar

Presenter: Mike Wendling

Image: Peppa pig with a zombie face / Credit: Candy Family/YouTube

An investigation into unsuitable children’s cartoons on YouTube.

Dj Khaled: Snapchat Superstar2016111920161120 (WS)

DJ Khaled is kind of a big deal on Snapchat. His messages reach millions of young people who find him both hilarious and inspirational. Whitney Henry takes a trip to his home town in Miami to try to find out the key to his success.

And, in a week dominated by tales of ‘Fake News’ and the US election, we take a look at a story that unfolded thousands of miles away – in China. Are Donald Trump’s supporters really trying to smear his opponents using China’s largest social network? Presented by Catrin Nye.

(Photo: DJ Khaled on stage. Credit: Brad Barker/Getty Images)

Dj Khaled: Snapchat Superstar2016111920161120 (WS)

DJ Khaled is kind of a big deal on Snapchat. His messages reach millions of young people who find him both hilarious and inspirational. Whitney Henry takes a trip to his home town in Miami to try to find out the key to his success.

And, in a week dominated by tales of ‘Fake News’ and the US election, we take a look at a story that unfolded thousands of miles away – in China. Are Donald Trump’s supporters really trying to smear his opponents using China’s largest social network? Presented by Catrin Nye.

(Photo: DJ Khaled on stage. Credit: Brad Barker/Getty Images)

Do Men Need €consent Lessons’?2015102420151025 (WS)

We meet the man who caused an uproar online when he said he didn’t need ‘consent lessons’. The classes are on offer in a number of British universities to tackle both rape and sexual assault. We speak to the woman who designed one of the courses, and says they are absolutely necessary.

And we hear from the ‘Man who has it all’, a Twitter account that’s actually a scathing satire of the patronising lifestyle articles usually aimed at women.

Finally, in response to recent violence in Punjab, the #SikhLivesMatter hashtag is gathering pace. But it isn’t being driven by people in India. We meet one of the British Sikhs spearheading the campaign to find out what is behind the trend, and what is motiving its supporters.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Photo Credit: George Lawlor)

Meet George Lawlor, the man who caused an uproar online when he said he didn’t need them.

Do Men Need €consent Lessons’?2015102420151025 (WS)

We meet the man who caused an uproar online when he said he didn’t need ‘consent lessons’. The classes are on offer in a number of British universities to tackle both rape and sexual assault. We speak to the woman who designed one of the courses, and says they are absolutely necessary.

And we hear from the ‘Man who has it all’, a Twitter account that’s actually a scathing satire of the patronising lifestyle articles usually aimed at women.

Finally, in response to recent violence in Punjab, the #SikhLivesMatter hashtag is gathering pace. But it isn’t being driven by people in India. We meet one of the British Sikhs spearheading the campaign to find out what is behind the trend, and what is motiving its supporters.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Photo Credit: George Lawlor)

Meet George Lawlor, the man who caused an uproar online when he said he didn’t need them.

Do You €stand With Hate Speech’?2016060420160605 (WS)

The hashtag 'I stand with hate speech' has been trending in several countries this week, causing outrage as tens of thousands of people appeared to support online abuse. But far from its shocking impression, the hashtag’s supporters claim they’re simply taking a stand for freedom of expression on the internet.

Also, we meet some of the Pakistani women who've been reacting to a recent suggestion that men in the country should be allowed to beat their wives, as long as it's done ‘lightly’.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Sam Judah

(Photo: Angry person, Credit: iStock)

#Istandwithhatespeech has caused controversy, but users say they stand against censorship

Do You €stand With Hate Speech’?2016060420160605 (WS)

The hashtag 'I stand with hate speech' has been trending in several countries this week, causing outrage as tens of thousands of people appeared to support online abuse. But far from its shocking impression, the hashtag’s supporters claim they’re simply taking a stand for freedom of expression on the internet.

Also, we meet some of the Pakistani women who've been reacting to a recent suggestion that men in the country should be allowed to beat their wives, as long as it's done ‘lightly’.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Sam Judah

(Photo: Angry person, Credit: iStock)

#Istandwithhatespeech has caused controversy, but users say they stand against censorship

Does Airbnb Have A Race Problem?2016051420160515 (WS)

Twitter users have accused some hosts of rejecting their bookings because they're black.

The hashtag #Airbnbwhileblack has been trending this week after African American twitter users accused some homeowners on the room booking website of rejecting them because of their skin colour. Greg Selden from Virginia says when he used fake white profiles he was accepted at properties who had previously said the room was unavailable.

Plus, has Facebook been censoring conservative news trends? This week it was revealed that a team of journalists review the trending topics which appear in the top right hand corner of the site. That’s led to allegations that the site has promoted more liberal stories.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Emma Wilson

Photo credit: Airbnb publicity video

Does Airbnb Have A Race Problem?2016051420160515 (WS)

Twitter users have accused some hosts of rejecting their bookings because they're black.

The hashtag #Airbnbwhileblack has been trending this week after African American twitter users accused some homeowners on the room booking website of rejecting them because of their skin colour. Greg Selden from Virginia says when he used fake white profiles he was accepted at properties who had previously said the room was unavailable.

Plus, has Facebook been censoring conservative news trends? This week it was revealed that a team of journalists review the trending topics which appear in the top right hand corner of the site. That’s led to allegations that the site has promoted more liberal stories.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Emma Wilson

Photo credit: Airbnb publicity video

Does College €party’ App Yeti Encourage Criminal Behaviour?2015121220151213 (WS)

An alleged sexual assault has surfaced through the controversial social network Yeti – Campus Stories, also dubbed a college ‘party’ app. How does it work, and why are so many students using it to upload illicit material?

And – a video that suggests an Egyptian man died after being tortured by police has been widely shared on Facebook. It’s the latest in a spate of recent deaths that have spurred people to speak out against the government on social media. Now some are drawing parallels with similar events that triggered the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Image: Students on bench / Image credit: Shutterstock)

An alleged sexual assault has emerged on the Yeti app. But what is it, how does it work?

Does College €party’ App Yeti Encourage Criminal Behaviour?2015121220151213 (WS)

An alleged sexual assault has surfaced through the controversial social network Yeti – Campus Stories, also dubbed a college ‘party’ app. How does it work, and why are so many students using it to upload illicit material?

And – a video that suggests an Egyptian man died after being tortured by police has been widely shared on Facebook. It’s the latest in a spate of recent deaths that have spurred people to speak out against the government on social media. Now some are drawing parallels with similar events that triggered the Egyptian revolution in 2011.

Produced by Sam Judah.

(Image: Students on bench / Image credit: Shutterstock)

An alleged sexual assault has emerged on the Yeti app. But what is it, how does it work?

Does Twitter Have A Child Porn Problem?20161126
Does Twitter Have A Child Porn Problem?2016112620161127 (WS)

Images of child porn were reportedly found on Twitter this week, before being removed.

This week, a concerned citizen said she had uncovered thousands of Twitter profiles that were publishing and sharing child porn. The network was swift to shut the accounts down, but questions remain about disturbing material proliferating on the platform. Another investigation revealed that some Twitter users were posting graphic sexual conversations alongside non-pornographic images of children.

Also in the programme, a website that says it aims to name and shame left-wing teachers has been launched in the US. Professor Watchlist was started by a right-wing campaign group that brushed off comparisons to McCarthyism. Some academics are fighting back with humour and using social media to make fun of the project.

Presented by Catrin Nye

Produced by Sam Judah

Image caption: Open laptop / Image credit: Shutterstock

Does Twitter Have A Child Porn Problem?2016112620161127 (WS)

This week, a concerned citizen said she had uncovered thousands of Twitter profiles that were publishing and sharing child porn. The network was swift to shut the accounts down, but questions remain about disturbing material proliferating on the platform. Another investigation revealed that some Twitter users were posting graphic sexual conversations alongside non-pornographic images of children.

Also in the programme, a website that says it aims to name and shame left-wing teachers has been launched in the US. Professor Watchlist was started by a right-wing campaign group that brushed off comparisons to McCarthyism. Some academics are fighting back with humour and using social media to make fun of the project.

Presented by Catrin Nye

Produced by Sam Judah

Image caption: Open laptop / Image credit: Shutterstock

Images of child porn were reportedly found on Twitter this week, before being removed.

Don’t Buy Death2016042320160424 (WS)

Why Somalis are using a hashtag to try and persuade young people to not to take the dangerous journey to Europe. #DhimashoHaGadan, which translates as “Don’t buy death?, aims to counteract the positive pictures many emigrates post to social media, even though their new lives may not be as good as they seem.

We speak to the South African students who are publishing the names of alleged rapists online. They say it’s to make people take sexual assault seriously, but others have accused them of mob justice.

Plus, how three Indian students are using Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe to make a point about overbearing mothers-in-law.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Emma Wilson.

Photo credit: Will Ross / BBC

The hashtag trying to stop young Somalis from migrating abroad.

Don’t Buy Death2016042320160424 (WS)

Why Somalis are using a hashtag to try and persuade young people to not to take the dangerous journey to Europe. #DhimashoHaGadan, which translates as “Don’t buy death?, aims to counteract the positive pictures many emigrates post to social media, even though their new lives may not be as good as they seem.

We speak to the South African students who are publishing the names of alleged rapists online. They say it’s to make people take sexual assault seriously, but others have accused them of mob justice.

Plus, how three Indian students are using Carly Rae Jepsen’s Call Me Maybe to make a point about overbearing mothers-in-law.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Emma Wilson.

Photo credit: Will Ross / BBC

The hashtag trying to stop young Somalis from migrating abroad.

Don’t Punch Me! It’s A Prank2015082220150823 (WS)
20150824 (WS)

Over the past year online pranks have continued to spiral and go viral. Pranksters like Vitaly, Joey Salads, FouseyTube and Prank vs Prank get billions of views but some of the videos have been pushing the boundaries and causing controversy. Punches have been pulled, slaps dealt out, and the authorities have stepped in. Is all fair in love, war and pranking? Or are the boundaries of funny bound to be broken?

Mukul Devichand is joined at the Edinburgh Festival by three obliging comedians; wind-up critic Nish Kumar, cheeky prank lover Kai Humphries and hoax sceptic Anna Morris.

With interivews from Vitaly, the Etayyim Brothers and Trigger Happy Tv’s Dom Joly.

Produced by India Rakusen.

(Photo Credit: BBC at Edinburgh)

BBC Trending explores viral comedy pranks at the Edinburgh Festival.

Don’t Punch Me! It’s A Prank2015082220150823 (WS)
20150824 (WS)

Over the past year online pranks have continued to spiral and go viral. Pranksters like Vitaly, Joey Salads, FouseyTube and Prank vs Prank get billions of views but some of the videos have been pushing the boundaries and causing controversy. Punches have been pulled, slaps dealt out, and the authorities have stepped in. Is all fair in love, war and pranking? Or are the boundaries of funny bound to be broken?

Mukul Devichand is joined at the Edinburgh Festival by three obliging comedians; wind-up critic Nish Kumar, cheeky prank lover Kai Humphries and hoax sceptic Anna Morris.

With interivews from Vitaly, the Etayyim Brothers and Trigger Happy Tv’s Dom Joly.

Produced by India Rakusen.

(Photo Credit: BBC at Edinburgh)

BBC Trending explores viral comedy pranks at the Edinburgh Festival.

Duterte’s Online Victory2016120320161204 (WS)

When Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in May, many believed social media played a major role in his victory. But some allege his supporters used trolling and intimidation, in addition to clever campaigning, to bolster his position. We hear from journalists and campaigners in the Philippines - on both sides of the political divide.

(Photo: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Credit: Mohd Rasfan/Getty Images)

Duterte’s Online Victory2016120320161204 (WS)

When Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte swept to power in May, many believed social media played a major role in his victory. But some allege his supporters used trolling and intimidation, in addition to clever campaigning, to bolster his position. We hear from journalists and campaigners in the Philippines - on both sides of the political divide.

(Photo: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte. Credit: Mohd Rasfan/Getty Images)

Egypt Asks Why #wearebeingwatched2014060720140608 (WS)

Egyptian proposals to monitor social media cause a backlash online.

What does shifting online sentiment in Egypt reveal about the country’s political landscape? This week after army man, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was elected President with 96% of the votes two hashtags trended on Twitter.

#WeAreBeingWatched, or #احنا_متراقبين in Arabic, started after the Egyptian interior ministry announced it was going to monitor ‘influential’ activists online. And #ThankYouBassemYoussef sprang up when satirist Bassem Youssef cancelled his TV Show saying the ‘present climate in Egypt’ is ‘not suitable for a political satire programme’.

We ask blogger Zeinobia and journalist Amira Howeidy how the mood has changed online in Egypt.

God, Goodluck Jonathan and the Kremlin all have one thing in common… they all have a parody account on Twitter. We speak with the comedians and writers behind @thetweetofgod, @notgoodluck, and @kermlinrussia.

And we turn Chinese social media on its head and find out what wasn’t trending on the anniversary of the student protests in Tiananmen Square and why a song from Les Miserables was.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Chinese Editor Raymond Li.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

Egypt Asks Why #wearebeingwatched2014060720140608 (WS)

What does shifting online sentiment in Egypt reveal about the country’s political landscape? This week after army man, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was elected President with 96% of the votes two hashtags trended on Twitter.

#WeAreBeingWatched, or #احنا_متراقبين in Arabic, started after the Egyptian interior ministry announced it was going to monitor ‘influential’ activists online. And #ThankYouBassemYoussef sprang up when satirist Bassem Youssef cancelled his TV Show saying the ‘present climate in Egypt’ is ‘not suitable for a political satire programme’.

We ask blogger Zeinobia and journalist Amira Howeidy how the mood has changed online in Egypt.

God, Goodluck Jonathan and the Kremlin all have one thing in common… they all have a parody account on Twitter. We speak with the comedians and writers behind @thetweetofgod, @notgoodluck, and @kermlinrussia.

And we turn Chinese social media on its head and find out what wasn’t trending on the anniversary of the student protests in Tiananmen Square and why a song from Les Miserables was.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Chinese Editor Raymond Li.

Egyptian proposals to monitor social media cause a backlash online.

Egyptian proposals to monitor social media cause a backlash online.

What does shifting online sentiment in Egypt reveal about the country’s political landscape? This week after army man, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, was elected President with 96% of the votes two hashtags trended on Twitter.

#WeAreBeingWatched, or #احنا_متراقبين in Arabic, started after the Egyptian interior ministry announced it was going to monitor ‘influential’ activists online. And #ThankYouBassemYoussef sprang up when satirist Bassem Youssef cancelled his TV Show saying the ‘present climate in Egypt’ is ‘not suitable for a political satire programme’.

We ask blogger Zeinobia and journalist Amira Howeidy how the mood has changed online in Egypt.

God, Goodluck Jonathan and the Kremlin all have one thing in common… they all have a parody account on Twitter. We speak with the comedians and writers behind @thetweetofgod, @notgoodluck, and @kermlinrussia.

And we turn Chinese social media on its head and find out what wasn’t trending on the anniversary of the student protests in Tiananmen Square and why a song from Les Miserables was.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Chinese Editor Raymond Li.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

Facebook And Marijuana2016022020160221 (WS)

We take a look at Facebook’s decision to remove pages that advertise and promote the use and sale of recreational marijuana and hear from one company whose page was taken down. The sale of marijuana is legal in four states in America - however it is still illegal under federal law.

Women in Trinidad and Tobago are sharing their experiences of sexual assault and called on the mayor to resign, after he blamed a victim’s ‘vulgar’ behaviour for her death. Finally, why is Kanye West trending on social media? We have a round up for you.

(Photo: Cannabis plant. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Facebook removes pages that advertise and promote the use and sale of marijuana

Facebook And Marijuana2016022020160221 (WS)

We take a look at Facebook’s decision to remove pages that advertise and promote the use and sale of recreational marijuana and hear from one company whose page was taken down. The sale of marijuana is legal in four states in America - however it is still illegal under federal law.

Women in Trinidad and Tobago are sharing their experiences of sexual assault and called on the mayor to resign, after he blamed a victim’s ‘vulgar’ behaviour for her death. Finally, why is Kanye West trending on social media? We have a round up for you.

(Photo: Cannabis plant. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

Facebook removes pages that advertise and promote the use and sale of marijuana

Factually Challenged2016110520161106 (WS)

The people deliberately inventing fake news stories

We investigate the rise and rise of fake news online. Deliberately making up news stories to fool or entertain people is nothing new. But the arrival of social media has meant real and fictional stories are now presented in such a similar way, it can be increasingly difficult to tell the two apart. With 60% of US adults now getting some news from their Facebook feed, more and more of us are seeing and believing incorrect information.

We meet some of the people deliberately inventing false news stories and try to find out, why they are doing it, how it spreads, and whether it really matters if we are taken in by their hoaxes.

(Photo: Stack of Newspapers. Credit: iStock)

Factually Challenged2016110520161106 (WS)

We investigate the rise and rise of fake news online. Deliberately making up news stories to fool or entertain people is nothing new. But the arrival of social media has meant real and fictional stories are now presented in such a similar way, it can be increasingly difficult to tell the two apart. With 60% of US adults now getting some news from their Facebook feed, more and more of us are seeing and believing incorrect information.

We meet some of the people deliberately inventing false news stories and try to find out, why they are doing it, how it spreads, and whether it really matters if we are taken in by their hoaxes.

(Photo: Stack of Newspapers. Credit: iStock)

The people deliberately inventing fake news stories

Fake Celebrity Accounts20170421

What is behind the disturbing rise of fake celebrity accounts targeting minors?

Fake Celebrity Accounts2017042120170423 (WS)

What is behind the disturbing rise of fake celebrity accounts targeting minors?

This week BBC Trending examines the disturbing rise of fake celebrity social media accounts targeting minors. This comes in the wake of a case currently going through the courts in Australia, where a man who allegedly impersonated Justin Bieber online has more than 900 charges of child sex offences against him. We look in to what’s behind the rise in these fake accounts, as well as talk to parents of children who have been targeted, and law enforcement professionals who have expressed concern.

Also, we went to Finland to find more out about Hollywood star Shia LaBeouf’s politically charged performance art.

Produced by Kayleen Devlin

Presented by Mike Wendling

Image: Musician Justin Bieber attends the Saint Laurent show / Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Stringer / Getty Images

Fashion Brands And The Hijab20170428

The backlash against fashion brands that use hijab to sell their products.

Fashion Brands And The Hijab20170428

The backlash against fashion brands that use hijab to sell their products.

Fighting Sexual Harassment In Iran2016021320160214 (WS)

Iranian women are sharing their experiences of sexual harassment on social media.

Allegations of sexual harassment at an Iranian TV station are emboldening Iranian women to break their silence and share their experiences. Sheena Shirani, a news reader at Press TV says she endured two years of harassment from her managers. We discuss how much of a problem sexual harassment is in a country where it’s traditionally not acknowledged.

What would you do if you saw a cruel meme mocking your son? Alice Ann Meyer decided to act when this happened to her child. Jameson is four years old and has Pfeiffer Syndrome which can affect cranial and facial features. A meme was created using his picture, comparing him to a ‘pug’. Aliceann speaks to BBC Trending about how she successfully removed the meme with an army of fellow parents.

And Beyonce’s performance invoking the black rights struggle at the Superbowl in the US has sparked a debate. We’ll give you a roundup of what people have been saying.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Sam Judah.

Image: Sheena Shirani

Image credit: Sheena Shirani / Facebook

Fighting Sexual Harassment In Iran2016021320160214 (WS)

Iranian women are sharing their experiences of sexual harassment on social media.

Allegations of sexual harassment at an Iranian TV station are emboldening Iranian women to break their silence and share their experiences. Sheena Shirani, a news reader at Press TV says she endured two years of harassment from her managers. We discuss how much of a problem sexual harassment is in a country where it’s traditionally not acknowledged.

What would you do if you saw a cruel meme mocking your son? Alice Ann Meyer decided to act when this happened to her child. Jameson is four years old and has Pfeiffer Syndrome which can affect cranial and facial features. A meme was created using his picture, comparing him to a ‘pug’. Aliceann speaks to BBC Trending about how she successfully removed the meme with an army of fellow parents.

And Beyonce’s performance invoking the black rights struggle at the Superbowl in the US has sparked a debate. We’ll give you a roundup of what people have been saying.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Sam Judah.

Image: Sheena Shirani

Image credit: Sheena Shirani / Facebook

Gab: Free Speech Haven Or €alt-right Safe Space’?2016121020161211 (WS)

Gab is a new social network that pits itself as an alternative to Twitter because it puts ‘free speech’ first. Some claim it has become a ‘safe space for the alt-right’ because of some of the users it has attracted. We ask the network’s founder why he felt compelled to create it, and speak with one of its users.

And – in China, a care home for elderly people is apparently offering to pay the children of its residents to come and visit their parents. We investigate what lies behind the controversial strategy.

Produced by Anisa Subedar and Will Yates.

Image caption: Gab sign in page / Image credit: Gab

A new social network that pledges to put ‘free speech first’ has drawn controversy online

Gab: Free Speech Haven Or €alt-right Safe Space’?2016121020161211 (WS)

Gab is a new social network that pits itself as an alternative to Twitter because it puts ‘free speech’ first. Some claim it has become a ‘safe space for the alt-right’ because of some of the users it has attracted. We ask the network’s founder why he felt compelled to create it, and speak with one of its users.

And – in China, a care home for elderly people is apparently offering to pay the children of its residents to come and visit their parents. We investigate what lies behind the controversial strategy.

Produced by Anisa Subedar and Will Yates.

Image caption: Gab sign in page / Image credit: Gab

A new social network that pledges to put ‘free speech first’ has drawn controversy online

Georgia’s Sex-tape Mystery2016032620160327 (WS)

A string of videos featuring politicians was posted online, angering many in the country.

A string of sex-tapes featuring Georgian politicians has been posted online, and more are expected soon. But it isn’t clear who’s responsible, or what the people posting them want to achieve.

We also hear from Chinese women who explain why they took the ‘A4 Challenge’, and posted pictures of themselves online showing that their waists are thinner than a piece of A4 paper. The trend has been widely criticised, but some participants say the critics are missing the point.

Produced by Sam Judah and Emma Wilson.

Photo caption: Women in Georgia protesting the publication of sex tapes featuring female politicians

Photo credit: Vano Shlamov / AFP / Getty Images

Georgia’s Sex-tape Mystery2016032620160327 (WS)

A string of videos featuring politicians was posted online, angering many in the country.

A string of sex-tapes featuring Georgian politicians has been posted online, and more are expected soon. But it isn’t clear who’s responsible, or what the people posting them want to achieve.

We also hear from Chinese women who explain why they took the ‘A4 Challenge’, and posted pictures of themselves online showing that their waists are thinner than a piece of A4 paper. The trend has been widely criticised, but some participants say the critics are missing the point.

Produced by Sam Judah and Emma Wilson.

Photo caption: Women in Georgia protesting the publication of sex tapes featuring female politicians

Photo credit: Vano Shlamov / AFP / Getty Images

Harambe: The Meme That Won’t Go Away2016123120170101 (WS)

How did a gorilla shot in a zoo in the US gain such relevance to the online world?

One of the most successful and long lasting memes of the year was Harambe the gorilla who was shot in a zoo in America. How did this particular animal gain such cultural relevance to the online world? And, meet Joshua Coombes the internet star who volunteers to cut the hair of the homeless on the streets of London.

(Photo: Tributes to Harambe. Credit: John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Harambe: The Meme That Won’t Go Away2016123120170101 (WS)

One of the most successful and long lasting memes of the year was Harambe the gorilla who was shot in a zoo in America. How did this particular animal gain such cultural relevance to the online world? And, meet Joshua Coombes the internet star who volunteers to cut the hair of the homeless on the streets of London.

(Photo: Tributes to Harambe. Credit: John Sommers II/Getty Images)

How did a gorilla shot in a zoo in the US gain such relevance to the online world?

Hashtag For €ex-muslims’2015112820151129 (WS)

Thousands explained why they left Islam online, using the hashtag #ExMuslimBecause, but some thought the discussion was badly timed, and labelled it ‘hateful’. We meet the woman behind the campaign, and ask if she intended to create such a pointed conversation.

And, we hear about the outcry on Russian social media, calling on citizens not to holiday in Turkey following the shooting down of a Russian plane. But what lay behind the conversation? Was it started by ordinary Russian citizens, or led by pro-Kremlin accounts?

(Photo: Beads by window. Credit: Shutterstock)

Thousands explained why they left Islam online, but some found the discussion ‘hateful’

Hashtag For €ex-muslims’2015112820151129 (WS)

Thousands explained why they left Islam online, using the hashtag #ExMuslimBecause, but some thought the discussion was badly timed, and labelled it ‘hateful’. We meet the woman behind the campaign, and ask if she intended to create such a pointed conversation.

And, we hear about the outcry on Russian social media, calling on citizens not to holiday in Turkey following the shooting down of a Russian plane. But what lay behind the conversation? Was it started by ordinary Russian citizens, or led by pro-Kremlin accounts?

(Photo: Beads by window. Credit: Shutterstock)

Thousands explained why they left Islam online, but some found the discussion ‘hateful’

Hashtag Of The Year - #thedress2015122620151227 (WS)

Was discussing the colour of a dress a huge waste of time? Scientists think not.

Anne-Marie Tomchak talks us through some of her favourite viral songs of the year.

And we revisit one of this year’s biggest talking point - #thedress. People around the world debated which colour it was - dark blue and black or white and gold.

For some, the debate suggested an existential crisis over the nature of sight and reality, which could go as far as harming interpersonal relationships. Others expressed their dismay at the triviality of the whole dispute.

Was discussing the dress a huge waste of time, or did we learn something in the process?

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

Image: Model in dress. Image credit: Roman Originals

Hashtag Of The Year - #thedress2015122620151227 (WS)

Was discussing the colour of a dress a huge waste of time? Scientists think not.

Anne-Marie Tomchak talks us through some of her favourite viral songs of the year.

And we revisit one of this year’s biggest talking point - #thedress. People around the world debated which colour it was - dark blue and black or white and gold.

For some, the debate suggested an existential crisis over the nature of sight and reality, which could go as far as harming interpersonal relationships. Others expressed their dismay at the triviality of the whole dispute.

Was discussing the dress a huge waste of time, or did we learn something in the process?

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

Image: Model in dress. Image credit: Roman Originals

Hillary Clinton’s €body Double’2016091720160918 (WS)

Meet Hillary Clinton’s lookalike – the woman at the heart of a fake conspiracy

Last week when Hillary Clinton almost collapsed at a 9/11 memorial, conspiracy theorists went into overdrive, falsely claiming the presidential candidate was using a body double to avoid questions about her health. We met the lookalike at the heart of the story.

And - news that a gorilla in a Chinese zoo had been named Harambe McHarambeface following a public poll went viral on Reddit. The story sounded too good to be true, so BBC Trending did some digging to find out what had really happened.

Finally – one student’s Facebook rant seems to have triggered widespread violence in Bangalore. But what’s behind the meme warfare – and real world fighting – in the Indian city?

(Photo: Teresa Barnwell dressed as Hillary Clinton. Credit: Teresa Barnwell)

Hillary Clinton’s €body Double’2016091720160918 (WS)

Meet Hillary Clinton’s lookalike – the woman at the heart of a fake conspiracy

Last week when Hillary Clinton almost collapsed at a 9/11 memorial, conspiracy theorists went into overdrive, falsely claiming the presidential candidate was using a body double to avoid questions about her health. We met the lookalike at the heart of the story.

And - news that a gorilla in a Chinese zoo had been named Harambe McHarambeface following a public poll went viral on Reddit. The story sounded too good to be true, so BBC Trending did some digging to find out what had really happened.

Finally – one student’s Facebook rant seems to have triggered widespread violence in Bangalore. But what’s behind the meme warfare – and real world fighting – in the Indian city?

(Photo: Teresa Barnwell dressed as Hillary Clinton. Credit: Teresa Barnwell)

How Anonymous Do You Think You Are?2016041620160417 (WS)

Russian photographer proves how easy it is to track down total strangers on social media.

A Russian photographer has carried out an experiment to show how easy it is to identify complete strangers.

Egor Tsvetkov took photos of people in public places and then tracked them down on the Russian social media site VKontakte using a facial recognition app.

The experiment 'Your Face Is Big Data' was published online and has been viewed more than 70,000 times.

Also in the programme, police officers in New South Wales are being investigated over alleged trolling of an Australian politician.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Egor Tsvetkov / VKontakte

How Anonymous Do You Think You Are?2016041620160417 (WS)

Russian photographer proves how easy it is to track down total strangers on social media.

A Russian photographer has carried out an experiment to show how easy it is to identify complete strangers.

Egor Tsvetkov took photos of people in public places and then tracked them down on the Russian social media site VKontakte using a facial recognition app.

The experiment 'Your Face Is Big Data' was published online and has been viewed more than 70,000 times.

Also in the programme, police officers in New South Wales are being investigated over alleged trolling of an Australian politician.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Egor Tsvetkov / VKontakte

How The €great Meme War’ Moved To France2017040720170408 (WS)
20170409 (WS)

How a small group of French internet users plan to influence the elections.

A group of anonymous keyboard warriors who claim they helped Donald Trump win his presidency have moved their fight to Europe and are trying to help elect a right wing leader for France.

Conversations in secret online messaging forums reveal a systematic effort to sway opinion in favour of a right-wing leader in this year’s forthcoming elections.

But is it working and are politicians paying attention?

Presenter: Megha Mohan

Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: Cartoon Pepe le Pen / Credit: Twitter

India’s €anti-vaccine Mafia’2016071620160717 (WS)

Alternative medicine practitioners are reportedly urging Keralans not to get vaccinated.

A Facebook post lamenting the death of teenage boy in India – from diphtheria – has shone a light on an anti-vaccination movement that appears to be gaining ground. There are claims that some alternative medicine practitioners are encouraging families in the state of Kerala not to get vaccinated against diseases.

And, when a court in the Hague ruled against China over a dispute in the South China Sea, a music video went viral on Weibo. The video showed young Chinese people declaring that they ‘don’t care’ about the ruling. It appears to have been created by a branch of the Chinese government as a form of propaganda – just the latest example of what some are calling ‘digital diplomacy’.

(Photo: Doctor using syringe. Credit: Shutterstock)

India’s €anti-vaccine Mafia’2016071620160717 (WS)

Alternative medicine practitioners are reportedly urging Keralans not to get vaccinated.

A Facebook post lamenting the death of teenage boy in India – from diphtheria – has shone a light on an anti-vaccination movement that appears to be gaining ground. There are claims that some alternative medicine practitioners are encouraging families in the state of Kerala not to get vaccinated against diseases.

And, when a court in the Hague ruled against China over a dispute in the South China Sea, a music video went viral on Weibo. The video showed young Chinese people declaring that they ‘don’t care’ about the ruling. It appears to have been created by a branch of the Chinese government as a form of propaganda – just the latest example of what some are calling ‘digital diplomacy’.

(Photo: Doctor using syringe. Credit: Shutterstock)

Iran’s Sombre Soccer Victory20161015

When an important football match for Iran’s national team fell on a day of public mourning, the country’s religious leaders imposed strict rules on how fans could show their support. Cheering was banned, and only religious chanting would be tolerated. In response, Iranian social media users found an innovative way to support their team.

And - we investigate how US prison inmates are arranging a nationwide prison strike in history from their cells, using banned social media.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption: Fist against grey background / Image credit: Shutterstock

Iran’s Sombre Soccer Victory2016101520161016 (WS)

When an important football match for Iran’s national team fell on a day of public mourning, the country’s religious leaders imposed strict rules on how fans could show their support. Cheering was banned, and only religious chanting would be tolerated. In response, Iranian social media users found an innovative way to support their team.

And - we investigate how US prison inmates are arranging a nationwide prison strike in history from their cells, using banned social media.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption: Fist against grey background / Image credit: Shutterstock

How a ban on cheering led to a new way to support the Iranian football team.

Iraqi Insurgents’ Twitter App2014062120140622 (WS)

How Iraqi insurgents use social media to amplify their message and gain global support

This week the Trending team finds out how ISIS, the Iraqi insurgents who recently took over vast territories in Iraq, have been using hashtags, apps and more social media tricks to amplify their message and gain global support. Despite internet blocks by the government we connect with an Iraqi blogger in Baghdad, and we speak to an American expert in the use of social media by militant groups.

And in China dissident artist Ai Weiwei has kick started a picture trend on Instagram that’s seen hundreds of people holding their legs up like guns. But there’s more to this than just playful images. We find out what the #LegGun trend is really about.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Monitoring’s Amira Fathallah and from Singapore by Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Iraqi Insurgents’ Twitter App2014062120140622 (WS)

This week the Trending team finds out how ISIS, the Iraqi insurgents who recently took over vast territories in Iraq, have been using hashtags, apps and more social media tricks to amplify their message and gain global support. Despite internet blocks by the government we connect with an Iraqi blogger in Baghdad, and we speak to an American expert in the use of social media by militant groups.

And in China dissident artist Ai Weiwei has kick started a picture trend on Instagram that’s seen hundreds of people holding their legs up like guns. But there’s more to this than just playful images. We find out what the #LegGun trend is really about.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Monitoring’s Amira Fathallah and from Singapore by Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

How Iraqi insurgents use social media to amplify their message and gain global support

How Iraqi insurgents use social media to amplify their message and gain global support

This week the Trending team finds out how ISIS, the Iraqi insurgents who recently took over vast territories in Iraq, have been using hashtags, apps and more social media tricks to amplify their message and gain global support. Despite internet blocks by the government we connect with an Iraqi blogger in Baghdad, and we speak to an American expert in the use of social media by militant groups.

And in China dissident artist Ai Weiwei has kick started a picture trend on Instagram that’s seen hundreds of people holding their legs up like guns. But there’s more to this than just playful images. We find out what the #LegGun trend is really about.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC Monitoring’s Amira Fathallah and from Singapore by Heather Chen from BBC News Asia.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Kenya’s Minibus €menace’2016102920161030 (WS)

Reports of harassment on Kenyan minibuses trigger a ‘Stop Matatu Menace’ campaign.

In Nairobi one woman's online post about harassment on the city's private-hire minibuses or Matatus, has triggered dozens of similar accounts and complaints on social media of robbery, harassment and dangerous driving. We hear from the woman behind the #StopMatatuMenace hashtag campaign who thinks she has a solution to the problem.

Also, the story of Emmet Till – an African American teenager whose murder in 1955 in a racial attack galvanized the American civil rights movement - is back in the news. A recent picture showing his memorial sign in Mississippi riddled with bullet holes has gone viral on Facebook and sparked a fundraising campaign to replace the sign.

Produced by Shoku Amirani and Sam Judah.

Image caption: Matutu minibus / Image credit: Tony Karumba / Stringer / Getty Images

Kenya’s Minibus €menace’2016102920161030 (WS)

Reports of harassment on Kenyan minibuses trigger a ‘Stop Matatu Menace’ campaign.

In Nairobi one woman's online post about harassment on the city's private-hire minibuses or Matatus, has triggered dozens of similar accounts and complaints on social media of robbery, harassment and dangerous driving. We hear from the woman behind the #StopMatatuMenace hashtag campaign who thinks she has a solution to the problem.

Also, the story of Emmet Till – an African American teenager whose murder in 1955 in a racial attack galvanized the American civil rights movement - is back in the news. A recent picture showing his memorial sign in Mississippi riddled with bullet holes has gone viral on Facebook and sparked a fundraising campaign to replace the sign.

Produced by Shoku Amirani and Sam Judah.

Image caption: Matutu minibus / Image credit: Tony Karumba / Stringer / Getty Images

Liberal Fake News20170414

Liberal Fake News2017041420170416 (WS)

Has there been a rise in anti-Donald Trump fake news since he became President of the United States? We’re familiar with accusations that right-wing fake news is being shared online, but what about fake news from the left? We find out more about this phenomenon, as well as look into who is sharing these stories, and why they are emerging now.

Produced by Will Yates

(Photo: Credit: Nora Carol Photography)

Look Up: Social Media Rant Goes Viral2014051020140511 (WS)

How the divisive video Look Up soared to over 30 million hits in two weeks

This week the internet meme ‘Check Your Privilege’ is in the spotlight after Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang accused the expression of shutting down online debate. Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to president of the Conservative Student Association in Ottowa, Canada, Harrison Fleming and Mikki Kendal a ‘Hood Feminist’ blogger in Chicago.

YouTube video Look Up went viral this week, reaching over 30 million hits in two weeks. Anne-Marie Tomchak has been speaking with the writer and director Gary Turk about why he made the video, which encourages people to put social media aside, and how it has been criticised as anti-progressive.

And, how a gruesome murder near Sao Paulo in Brazil led to a dispute over Voodoo rumours on Facebook. Mukul is joined by Fernanda Nidecker of BBC Brasil.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Look Up: Social Media Rant Goes Viral2014051020140511 (WS)

This week the internet meme ‘Check Your Privilege’ is in the spotlight after Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang accused the expression of shutting down online debate. Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to president of the Conservative Student Association in Ottowa, Canada, Harrison Fleming and Mikki Kendal a ‘Hood Feminist’ blogger in Chicago.

YouTube video Look Up went viral this week, reaching over 30 million hits in two weeks. Anne-Marie Tomchak has been speaking with the writer and director Gary Turk about why he made the video, which encourages people to put social media aside, and how it has been criticised as anti-progressive.

And, how a gruesome murder near Sao Paulo in Brazil led to a dispute over Voodoo rumours on Facebook. Mukul is joined by Fernanda Nidecker of BBC Brasil.

How the divisive video Look Up soared to over 30 million hits in two weeks

How the divisive video Look Up soared to over 30 million hits in two weeks

This week the internet meme ‘Check Your Privilege’ is in the spotlight after Princeton freshman Tal Fortgang accused the expression of shutting down online debate. Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to president of the Conservative Student Association in Ottowa, Canada, Harrison Fleming and Mikki Kendal a ‘Hood Feminist’ blogger in Chicago.

YouTube video Look Up went viral this week, reaching over 30 million hits in two weeks. Anne-Marie Tomchak has been speaking with the writer and director Gary Turk about why he made the video, which encourages people to put social media aside, and how it has been criticised as anti-progressive.

And, how a gruesome murder near Sao Paulo in Brazil led to a dispute over Voodoo rumours on Facebook. Mukul is joined by Fernanda Nidecker of BBC Brasil.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Lord Dinkan: The Cartoon Mouse God2016040920160410 (WS)

The rise of India's new mouse worshipping religion and fake Facebook events.

Dinkoism is a new Indian religion whose followers worship a cartoon mouse with superpowers. More than 40,000 people like the group’s worldwide Facebook pages and this month they’re even marching to try and become recognised as a religious minority. But Dinkoism was really set up by rationalists in the state of Kerala to parody organised religions and many people have found it offensive.

Would you want to attend a Summer Safari Waterpark? This week many people who signed up for a series of attractive events on Facebook were disappointed to find there were no concrete plans behind them. Now people are questioning whether they were invented just to collect people’s personal data.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Photo credit: jith,in

Lord Dinkan: The Cartoon Mouse God2016040920160410 (WS)

The rise of India's new mouse worshipping religion and fake Facebook events.

Dinkoism is a new Indian religion whose followers worship a cartoon mouse with superpowers. More than 40,000 people like the group’s worldwide Facebook pages and this month they’re even marching to try and become recognised as a religious minority. But Dinkoism was really set up by rationalists in the state of Kerala to parody organised religions and many people have found it offensive.

Would you want to attend a Summer Safari Waterpark? This week many people who signed up for a series of attractive events on Facebook were disappointed to find there were no concrete plans behind them. Now people are questioning whether they were invented just to collect people’s personal data.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Photo credit: jith,in

Love On The Train2014071220140713 (WS)

How a student started a trend calling for better disabled access to public transport

An image painted by anonymous street artist "Black Hand" went viral after it appeared on Valiasr, the Main Street in Iran's capital, Tehran. It shows a woman in Iranian sport's kit holding high a bottle of washing liquid like a trophy. The image was snapped and shared quickly on Persian Facebook – but what does it tell us about women and sport in Iran? Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined by a former Iranian Women's Basketball player to discuss women in sport in Iran, and why they have been denied access to sporting arenas.

Mukul also speaks to an Italian student who has sparked a trend calling for better access to public transport for people with disabilities in Italy. Iacopo Melio, who lives in Florence, started a #VorreiPrendereilTreno, or "I Would Like to Take the Train" and wrote a powerful blog post in which he explained how the issue hampers his chances of finding true love. And one Italian politician actually took notice…

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Trending’s Cordelia Hebblethwaite and BBC Persian’s Maryam Zohdi.

Love On The Train2014071220140713 (WS)

How a student started a trend calling for better disabled access to public transport

An image painted by anonymous street artist "Black Hand" went viral after it appeared on Valiasr, the Main Street in Iran's capital, Tehran. It shows a woman in Iranian sport's kit holding high a bottle of washing liquid like a trophy. The image was snapped and shared quickly on Persian Facebook – but what does it tell us about women and sport in Iran? Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined by a former Iranian Women's Basketball player to discuss women in sport in Iran, and why they have been denied access to sporting arenas.

Mukul also speaks to an Italian student who has sparked a trend calling for better access to public transport for people with disabilities in Italy. Iacopo Melio, who lives in Florence, started a #VorreiPrendereilTreno, or "I Would Like to Take the Train" and wrote a powerful blog post in which he explained how the issue hampers his chances of finding true love. And one Italian politician actually took notice…

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Trending’s Cordelia Hebblethwaite and BBC Persian’s Maryam Zohdi.

Manipulating The Internet2013122820131229 (WS)

The growing business of fake followers and trends

Mukul Devichand interviews a man who supplies 'bots' - that is, software routines that artificially create trends or boost follower numbers using fake identities. It's a legal grey area - not a crime but a violation of Twitter and other networks terms of service.

But is there a moral dimension to acquiring 'fake followers'? We meet a man who bought thousands of them, lost them and now suffers from deep pangs of regret.

Also featuring David Cuen, BBC languages social media editor, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending.

Manipulating The Internet2013122820131229 (WS)

The growing business of fake followers and trends

Mukul Devichand interviews a man who supplies 'bots' - that is, software routines that artificially create trends or boost follower numbers using fake identities. It's a legal grey area - not a crime but a violation of Twitter and other networks terms of service.

But is there a moral dimension to acquiring 'fake followers'? We meet a man who bought thousands of them, lost them and now suffers from deep pangs of regret.

Also featuring David Cuen, BBC languages social media editor, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending.

The growing business of fake followers and trends

Mukul Devichand interviews a man who supplies 'bots' - that is, software routines that artificially create trends or boost follower numbers using fake identities. It's a legal grey area - not a crime but a violation of Twitter and other networks terms of service.

But is there a moral dimension to acquiring 'fake followers'? We meet a man who bought thousands of them, lost them and now suffers from deep pangs of regret.

Also featuring David Cuen, BBC languages social media editor, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending.

Neo-nazi, Feminist And Jihadi - All At Once2015091920150920 (WS)
20150921 (WS)

Joshua Goldberg, a 20-year-old from Florida, stands accused of inciting others to behave violently - from a computer in his parent’s home, using a string of false identities. We hear from the victim of an online hate campaign that Goldberg appears to have played a key role in.

Also, we meet the woman who started the #IStandWithAhmed campaign to support Ahmed Mohamed, a young Muslim boy arrested in Texas on suspicion of creating a 'hoax bomb'. The device, of course, was a clock, and Ahmed has now won praise from around the world.

(Photo: A young man wearing a hooded top using three different computers. Credit: Shutterstock)

How one man is accused of joining several extremist causes, using multiple alter egos

Neo-nazi, Feminist And Jihadi - All At Once2015091920150920 (WS)
20150921 (WS)

Joshua Goldberg, a 20-year-old from Florida, stands accused of inciting others to behave violently - from a computer in his parent’s home, using a string of false identities. We hear from the victim of an online hate campaign that Goldberg appears to have played a key role in.

Also, we meet the woman who started the #IStandWithAhmed campaign to support Ahmed Mohamed, a young Muslim boy arrested in Texas on suspicion of creating a 'hoax bomb'. The device, of course, was a clock, and Ahmed has now won praise from around the world.

(Photo: A young man wearing a hooded top using three different computers. Credit: Shutterstock)

How one man is accused of joining several extremist causes, using multiple alter egos

Next Level Cricket Rivalry2016031220160313 (WS)

Indian and Bangladeshi cricket fans wage online warfare.

Indian and Bangladeshi cricket fans have a long standing history of sporting jibes with one another but after a recent match, they took their rivalry online where it all became less than amiable. As a result, some government sites in Bangladesh were hacked and taken down.

‘Common Core’ is a set of national educational standards in the United States in Maths and English that starts at Kindergarten. A video explaining a simple maths problem using a common core method went viral and again raises the debate about whether Common Core maths methods in schools work.

Produced by Anisa Subedar and Sam Judah

Image credit: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP / Getty Images

Next Level Cricket Rivalry2016031220160313 (WS)

Indian and Bangladeshi cricket fans wage online warfare.

Indian and Bangladeshi cricket fans have a long standing history of sporting jibes with one another but after a recent match, they took their rivalry online where it all became less than amiable. As a result, some government sites in Bangladesh were hacked and taken down.

‘Common Core’ is a set of national educational standards in the United States in Maths and English that starts at Kindergarten. A video explaining a simple maths problem using a common core method went viral and again raises the debate about whether Common Core maths methods in schools work.

Produced by Anisa Subedar and Sam Judah

Image credit: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP / Getty Images

Nigeria’s Secret Transgender Groups2017031820170319 (WS)

After comments by writer and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche divided opinion, we speak to members of some of Nigeria’s secret gay and transgender on groups who rely on each other on social media for support. They communicate with each other in private and closed ambiguously named WhatsApp and Facebook groups.

Joey Daley from Ohio has documented his mother Molly’s dementia. One film in which she failed to recognise him for the first time was viewed nearly 2 million times. Joey speaks to BBC Trending about how it feels to care for someone with dementia.

(Image/Credit: Miss Sahhara)

Off Grid Conversations On Ebola In Sierra Leone2014101120141012 (WS)

How Sierra Leoneans are discussing Ebola on private chat apps.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, first reported in March 2014, has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the diseases since its discovery in 1976. At the time of the broadcast it has claimed almost four thousands lives in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

In this week’s programme we take a closer look at how the Ebola virus has been trending on social media, both in the countries affected and worldwide. The presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to one passionate Sierra Leonean from Virgina, USA about her unique way of helping out people back home. And we gain a unique access to private chat app groups where Sierra Leoneans are moving their online conversations to in the fear of being penalised by the authorities for speaking up.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched his Clean India campaign and relying on the highly successful ice bucket challenge model, he nominated nine high profile people to take up the Swachh Bharat challenge. But have they taken it up?

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by Ravim Sampat from the Trending Team and Andree Massiah, the BBC’s social media producer on Ebola.

The programme was produced by Anna Meisel

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

Off Grid Conversations On Ebola In Sierra Leone2014101120141012 (WS)

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, first reported in March 2014, has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the diseases since its discovery in 1976. At the time of the broadcast it has claimed almost four thousands lives in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

In this week’s programme we take a closer look at how the Ebola virus has been trending on social media, both in the countries affected and worldwide. The presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to one passionate Sierra Leonean from Virgina, USA about her unique way of helping out people back home. And we gain a unique access to private chat app groups where Sierra Leoneans are moving their online conversations to in the fear of being penalised by the authorities for speaking up.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched his Clean India campaign and relying on the highly successful ice bucket challenge model, he nominated nine high profile people to take up the Swachh Bharat challenge. But have they taken it up?

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by Ravim Sampat from the Trending Team and Andree Massiah, the BBC’s social media producer on Ebola.

The programme was produced by Anna Meisel

How Sierra Leoneans are discussing Ebola on private chat apps.

How Sierra Leoneans are discussing Ebola on private chat apps.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa, first reported in March 2014, has rapidly become the deadliest occurrence of the diseases since its discovery in 1976. At the time of the broadcast it has claimed almost four thousands lives in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

In this week’s programme we take a closer look at how the Ebola virus has been trending on social media, both in the countries affected and worldwide. The presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to one passionate Sierra Leonean from Virgina, USA about her unique way of helping out people back home. And we gain a unique access to private chat app groups where Sierra Leoneans are moving their online conversations to in the fear of being penalised by the authorities for speaking up.

Meanwhile, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched his Clean India campaign and relying on the highly successful ice bucket challenge model, he nominated nine high profile people to take up the Swachh Bharat challenge. But have they taken it up?

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by Ravim Sampat from the Trending Team and Andree Massiah, the BBC’s social media producer on Ebola.

The programme was produced by Anna Meisel

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

Online Rape Stories € Truth Or Fiction?2016011620160117 (WS)

On this week’s programme,

Two stories about rape in South Africa; one about a woman who posted about her experience on Instagram to find people didn’t believe her and another which gripped the nation but was totally made up.

And why are people so upset about a statue of the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes at Oxford University? We hear from the students who want it taken down.

Presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak @AMTomchak - with Nkem Ifejika @Nkemifejika and Emma Wilson @EmmaWilson1.

(Photo: Hands typing on a laptop computer. Credit: Shutterstock)

Believing or blaming the victim - two rape stories test fiction and reality in SA

Online Rape Stories € Truth Or Fiction?2016011620160117 (WS)

On this week’s programme,

Two stories about rape in South Africa; one about a woman who posted about her experience on Instagram to find people didn’t believe her and another which gripped the nation but was totally made up.

And why are people so upset about a statue of the British colonialist Cecil Rhodes at Oxford University? We hear from the students who want it taken down.

Presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak @AMTomchak - with Nkem Ifejika @Nkemifejika and Emma Wilson @EmmaWilson1.

(Photo: Hands typing on a laptop computer. Credit: Shutterstock)

Believing or blaming the victim - two rape stories test fiction and reality in SA

Playing It Safe2017031120170312 (WS)

Twitch is a live video streaming platform used widely in the gaming community. The death of a well-known gamer has opened a huge debate about player safety.

And we look at poet Neil Hilborn who has Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. His poem about the difficulties of dating went viral again for the second time.

Produced by Will Yates and Anisa Subedar

Image: Silhouette of gamer / Credit: Shutterstock

Playing it safe - the death of a famous gamer shocks the online streaming community.

Politicians And Their Deleted Tweets2015082920150830 (WS)
20150831 (WS)

Websites flagging up MP’s deleted tweets have been banned by Twitter.

Websites flagging up MP’s deleted tweets have been banned by Twitter. But has the social network made the right decision? We’re joined by the founder of Politwoops who believes the ban has made the platform – and politicians – less transparent. UKIP MP Douglas Carswell blocked Politwoops because he found it “annoying? but he thinks Twitter has overreacted. And we meet Thomas van Linge, a 19-year-old Dutchman who’s been mapping the Syrian conflict - from his bedroom.

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Politicians And Their Deleted Tweets2015082920150830 (WS)
20150831 (WS)

Websites flagging up MP’s deleted tweets have been banned by Twitter.

Websites flagging up MP’s deleted tweets have been banned by Twitter. But has the social network made the right decision? We’re joined by the founder of Politwoops who believes the ban has made the platform – and politicians – less transparent. UKIP MP Douglas Carswell blocked Politwoops because he found it “annoying? but he thinks Twitter has overreacted. And we meet Thomas van Linge, a 19-year-old Dutchman who’s been mapping the Syrian conflict - from his bedroom.

(Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

Russia And Ukraine, Hip Hop Fighting, And Anonymous Messages2014030820140309 (WS)

The social media standoff between Russia and Ukraine, and an anonymous messaging app

Conflict on the ground is reflected in social media as BBC Trending talks to a young man recruiting Russians to cross the border into Ukraine. The team also looks into Twitter claims that a pro-Russian woman interviewed on YouTube and Ukrainian TV channels is really an actor.

Going viral is the holy grail of online video and violence is one sure way to get attention. The controversial World Star Hip Hop site hosts bloody videos that would usually get scrubbed from YouTube, but some critics wonder whether it perpetuates racial stereotypes. Ravin Sampat reports on a film-maker whose video on the site got a million hits in 24 hours.

Also trending this week is an anonymous phone messaging app called Whisper – and it’s not the only app that keeps the identity of its users secret. It sees to hark back to the early days of the internet, but does anonymity allow people to get away with misbehaviour – and what’s its social purpose?

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Russian’s Lina Rozovskaya, Suzanne Whiteman from BBC Monitoring, BBC Trending’s Ravin Sampat and a very annoying anonymous app.

Producer: Mike Wendling

Russia And Ukraine, Hip Hop Fighting, And Anonymous Messages2014030820140309 (WS)

The social media standoff between Russia and Ukraine, and an anonymous messaging app

Conflict on the ground is reflected in social media as BBC Trending talks to a young man recruiting Russians to cross the border into Ukraine. The team also looks into Twitter claims that a pro-Russian woman interviewed on YouTube and Ukrainian TV channels is really an actor.

Going viral is the holy grail of online video and violence is one sure way to get attention. The controversial World Star Hip Hop site hosts bloody videos that would usually get scrubbed from YouTube, but some critics wonder whether it perpetuates racial stereotypes. Ravin Sampat reports on a film-maker whose video on the site got a million hits in 24 hours.

Also trending this week is an anonymous phone messaging app called Whisper – and it’s not the only app that keeps the identity of its users secret. It sees to hark back to the early days of the internet, but does anonymity allow people to get away with misbehaviour – and what’s its social purpose?

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Russian’s Lina Rozovskaya, Suzanne Whiteman from BBC Monitoring, BBC Trending’s Ravin Sampat and a very annoying anonymous app.

Producer: Mike Wendling

Should You Punish Your Children Over Bad Grades?2015121920151220 (WS)

A viral video shows a mother in China punishing her daughter for allegedly getting bad grades. She dangles her over a fast flowing river while shouting at her. When does discipline cross the line? Why are some Chinese parents so tough on their children? Do ‘tiger mums’ practice the best parenting?

Also we speak to the agony aunt who’s using Instagram to dish out relationship advice to her followers in Nigeria.

Produced by Emma Wilson.

Image Credit: Shutterstock

A Chinese mother threatened to drown her daughter apparently over bad marks in school.

Should You Punish Your Children Over Bad Grades?2015121920151220 (WS)

A viral video shows a mother in China punishing her daughter for allegedly getting bad grades. She dangles her over a fast flowing river while shouting at her. When does discipline cross the line? Why are some Chinese parents so tough on their children? Do ‘tiger mums’ practice the best parenting?

Also we speak to the agony aunt who’s using Instagram to dish out relationship advice to her followers in Nigeria.

Produced by Emma Wilson.

Image Credit: Shutterstock

A Chinese mother threatened to drown her daughter apparently over bad marks in school.

Silenced Online In Libya And The Russian 'rotten West' Meme2014111520141116 (WS)

The Libyan activists targeted online and killed. And the 'Rotten West' meme in Russia.

Libya

Activists in Libya have been receiving threats online from people who do not like their views. Some have even been assassinated. The killing of 18-year-old prominent activist Tawfik Bensaud two months ago provoked anger online and there was an outpouring of support using the hashtag #IamTawfik. But more recently many activists have kept a low profile online after they were directly threatened on a number of Facebook pages.

Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to Tawfik Bensaud’s cousin Huda El Khoja, and to one of the founders of Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook, Ayat Mneina. He is joined in the studio by Mohamed Madi of BBC World Online

Russia

'Rotten West', a new page on Russian site Vkontakte, has gathered thousands of followers in the past weeks. Its satirical irony pairs grim pictures from Russia with references to western cities to make fun of Russians who laugh at the apparently decaying West. Although the creator of the group, Anna from Moscow may not be all that she seems. Mukul is joined by Natasha Touzovskaya, from the BBC's Russian Service, to find out more.

(Image: Tawfik Bensaud with kind permission of the Bensaud family)

'Rotten West', a new page on Russian site Vkontakte, has gathered thousands of followers in the past weeks. Its satirical irony pairs grim pictures from Russia with references to western cities to make fun of Russians who laugh at the apparently decaying West. Although the creator of the group, Anna from Moscow may not be all that she seems. Mukul is joined by Natasha Tousovskaya to find out more.

Silenced Online In Libya And The Russian 'rotten West' Meme2014111520141116 (WS)

The Libyan activists targeted online and killed. And the 'Rotten West' meme in Russia.

Libya

Activists in Libya have been receiving threats online from people who do not like their views. Some have even been assassinated. The killing of 18-year-old prominent activist Tawfik Bensaud two months ago provoked anger online and there was an outpouring of support using the hashtag #IamTawfik. But more recently many activists have kept a low profile online after they were directly threatened on a number of Facebook pages.

Presenter Mukul Devichand speaks to Tawfik Bensaud’s cousin Huda El Khoja, and to one of the founders of Libyan Youth Movement on Facebook, Ayat Mneina. He is joined in the studio by Mohamed Madi of BBC World Online

Russia

'Rotten West', a new page on Russian site Vkontakte, has gathered thousands of followers in the past weeks. Its satirical irony pairs grim pictures from Russia with references to western cities to make fun of Russians who laugh at the apparently decaying West. Although the creator of the group, Anna from Moscow may not be all that she seems. Mukul is joined by Natasha Touzovskaya, from the BBC's Russian Service, to find out more.

(Image: Tawfik Bensaud with kind permission of the Bensaud family)

Snapchat Surgery2016070920160710 (WS)

We look at the new Snapchat subculture where millions of people tune in to gory live videos of plastic surgery operations. It’s raised some worrying questions about how young women are being advertised to on the app.

Plus why has a British author’s account of her time in Zambia outraged Africans online?

Produced by Kate Lamble and Anisa Subedar

The new social media subculture where millions watch gory videos of live plastic surgery.

Snapchat Surgery2016070920160710 (WS)

We look at the new Snapchat subculture where millions of people tune in to gory live videos of plastic surgery operations. It’s raised some worrying questions about how young women are being advertised to on the app.

Plus why has a British author’s account of her time in Zambia outraged Africans online?

Produced by Kate Lamble and Anisa Subedar

The new social media subculture where millions watch gory videos of live plastic surgery.

South Carolina’s Clown Scare2016091020160911 (WS)

Sightings of suspicious clowns have left a US community in fear. We investigate the eerie goings-on to see whether the town could be the victim of a viral elaborate prank, or witnessing an outbreak of mass hysteria.

Plus, we look at how the destruction of a famous natural landmark has made some social media users question their impact on the environment.

(Photo: Grunge clown. Credit: Shutterstock)

Sightings of sinister clowns have left a US community in fear

South Carolina’s Clown Scare2016091020160911 (WS)

Sightings of suspicious clowns have left a US community in fear. We investigate the eerie goings-on to see whether the town could be the victim of a viral elaborate prank, or witnessing an outbreak of mass hysteria.

Plus, we look at how the destruction of a famous natural landmark has made some social media users question their impact on the environment.

(Photo: Grunge clown. Credit: Shutterstock)

Sightings of sinister clowns have left a US community in fear

The €bride Price’ Story That Got China Talking2016030520160306 (WS)

A story shared on Weibo, about a girl forced to have an abortion when her boyfriend could not pay her family to marry her, has raised the issue of ‘bride price’ payments in China.

That follows our first story about Ese, a Nigerian girl who was abducted last August, but returned to her family this week thanks in part to a hashtag campaign - ‘#FreeEse’.

(Photo: A bride in her wedding dress holding bunch of flowers. Credit: Wang Zhao/Getty Images)

A story shared on Weibo has shed light on the practice of ‘bride price’ payments in China

The €bride Price’ Story That Got China Talking2016030520160306 (WS)

A story shared on Weibo, about a girl forced to have an abortion when her boyfriend could not pay her family to marry her, has raised the issue of ‘bride price’ payments in China.

That follows our first story about Ese, a Nigerian girl who was abducted last August, but returned to her family this week thanks in part to a hashtag campaign - ‘#FreeEse’.

(Photo: A bride in her wedding dress holding bunch of flowers. Credit: Wang Zhao/Getty Images)

A story shared on Weibo has shed light on the practice of ‘bride price’ payments in China

The €rosa Parks? Of Saudi Arabia2016010920160110 (WS)

We speak to a black Saudi woman who’s being trolled for marrying an American white man.

We hear from Nawal Al-Hawsawi, a black Saudi woman who’s received racist abuse online for tweeting about her support for inter-racial relationships. She’s been called the “Rosa Parks? of Saudi Arabia for her campaigning against racism.

Also we hear from the makers of a viral video criticising Facebook’s plans to bring ‘free internet’ to those without access in rural India. Facebook ask ‘Who could possibly be against this?’ It turns out, quite a few people are.

Produced by Emma Wilson.

Image Credit: Nawal Al-Hawsawi.

The €rosa Parks? Of Saudi Arabia2016010920160110 (WS)

We speak to a black Saudi woman who’s being trolled for marrying an American white man.

We hear from Nawal Al-Hawsawi, a black Saudi woman who’s received racist abuse online for tweeting about her support for inter-racial relationships. She’s been called the “Rosa Parks? of Saudi Arabia for her campaigning against racism.

Also we hear from the makers of a viral video criticising Facebook’s plans to bring ‘free internet’ to those without access in rural India. Facebook ask ‘Who could possibly be against this?’ It turns out, quite a few people are.

Produced by Emma Wilson.

Image Credit: Nawal Al-Hawsawi.

The Battle Between Anonymous And The Kkk2015110720151108 (WS)

What happened when hacker group Anonymous declared war on the Ku Klux Klan

The hackers group Anonymous released the names of hundreds of people they say are members of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. It comes after a public relations campaign by Anonymous conducted mostly on social media. But what happens when hackers get it wrong? BBC Trending speaks to a woman who got caught up in the online war who says she was falsely labelled as a KKK sympathiser.

We also look at what happened in Brazil after a 12-year-old contestant on cooking competition Masterchef Junior was harassed online. The incident prompted feminist Juliana de Faria to create a campaign for women to share their first experiences of sexual harassment. Thousands of women joined the debate and shared their stories online.

(Photo: KKK annual gathering in Tennessee. Credit: Getty Images)

The Battle Between Anonymous And The Kkk2015110720151108 (WS)

What happened when hacker group Anonymous declared war on the Ku Klux Klan

The hackers group Anonymous released the names of hundreds of people they say are members of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. It comes after a public relations campaign by Anonymous conducted mostly on social media. But what happens when hackers get it wrong? BBC Trending speaks to a woman who got caught up in the online war who says she was falsely labelled as a KKK sympathiser.

We also look at what happened in Brazil after a 12-year-old contestant on cooking competition Masterchef Junior was harassed online. The incident prompted feminist Juliana de Faria to create a campaign for women to share their first experiences of sexual harassment. Thousands of women joined the debate and shared their stories online.

(Photo: KKK annual gathering in Tennessee. Credit: Getty Images)

The Biggest Trends Of 20162016122420161225 (WS)

Four of the biggest stories on the internet this year divided opinion around the world. We discuss the most popular memes of US Elections, the highlights of the EU referendum in the UK, why people around the world were scared of clowns and how livestreaming made its mark on the digital world.

Picture: Woman in wookie mask, Credit: Candace Payne/Facebook

The Biggest Trends Of 20162016122420161225 (WS)

Mike Wendling and the team discuss the most shared and talked about stories of the year.

Four of the biggest stories on the internet this year divided opinion around the world. We discuss the most popular memes of US Elections, the highlights of the EU referendum in the UK, why people around the world were scared of clowns and how livestreaming made its mark on the digital world.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Image caption: Woman in wookie mask / Image credit: Candace Payne / Facebook

Picture: Woman in wookie mask, Credit: Candace Payne/Facebook

The Boy Who Lived And Was Commemorated On Youtube2015101020151011 (WS)
20151012 (WS)

When teenager Caleb Bratayley passed away this week, there was an outpouring of grief online. His was a member of one of YouTube’s most famous families, who became well known for simply uploading vast swathes of their day to day lives. Why did Bratayley become so popular, and why is there such a big audience for ‘family vlog’ channels?

We also hear from an Instagram user posting pictures of the good life… from Syria. He lives in Lattakia, in a part of the country largely untouched by the war.

Finally, we find out about Afghanistan’s first satirical Facebook page ‘Kabul Taxi’. Used to lampoon the country’s most powerful politicians, the page was recently taken down. It spawned dozens of tribute accounts, however, all serving the same purpose, and just this week the original page has been restored.

(Photo: Caleb Bratayley. Credit: Bratayley/YouTube)

How the internet mourned a teenager from one of YouTube’s most famous families

The Boy Who Lived And Was Commemorated On Youtube2015101020151011 (WS)
20151012 (WS)

When teenager Caleb Bratayley passed away this week, there was an outpouring of grief online. His was a member of one of YouTube’s most famous families, who became well known for simply uploading vast swathes of their day to day lives. Why did Bratayley become so popular, and why is there such a big audience for ‘family vlog’ channels?

We also hear from an Instagram user posting pictures of the good life… from Syria. He lives in Lattakia, in a part of the country largely untouched by the war.

Finally, we find out about Afghanistan’s first satirical Facebook page ‘Kabul Taxi’. Used to lampoon the country’s most powerful politicians, the page was recently taken down. It spawned dozens of tribute accounts, however, all serving the same purpose, and just this week the original page has been restored.

(Photo: Caleb Bratayley. Credit: Bratayley/YouTube)

How the internet mourned a teenager from one of YouTube’s most famous families

The Call For Peruvians To Take Justice Into Their Own Hands2015091220150913 (WS)
20150914 (WS)

The new online vigilante movement in Peru calling for extreme violence

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a surge of Facebook groups calling Peruvians to take justice into their own hands and sharing videos showing beatings of alleged criminals. We talk to the woman who started the movement Catch a Thief and Leave Him Paralysed, and ask the country’s Interior Minister why Peruvians feel they have no other option but to punish criminals themselves.

And, we hear from the woman who enraged the internet when she made a video called Dear Fat People. It was viewed over 20 million times and led to an online backlash from people saying it was offensive and hurtful. A comedian from Canada, Nicole Arbour talks to BBC Trending’s Mukul Devichand and tells him why she feels her critics are missing the point of satire.

@MukulDevichand is joined in the studio by Gabriela Torres @gacato.

(Photo: Chapa Tu Choro Facebook page, used with permission from Chapa Tu Choro organisation)

The Call For Peruvians To Take Justice Into Their Own Hands2015091220150913 (WS)
20150914 (WS)

The new online vigilante movement in Peru calling for extreme violence

Over the last couple of weeks, there has been a surge of Facebook groups calling Peruvians to take justice into their own hands and sharing videos showing beatings of alleged criminals. We talk to the woman who started the movement Catch a Thief and Leave Him Paralysed, and ask the country’s Interior Minister why Peruvians feel they have no other option but to punish criminals themselves.

And, we hear from the woman who enraged the internet when she made a video called Dear Fat People. It was viewed over 20 million times and led to an online backlash from people saying it was offensive and hurtful. A comedian from Canada, Nicole Arbour talks to BBC Trending’s Mukul Devichand and tells him why she feels her critics are missing the point of satire.

@MukulDevichand is joined in the studio by Gabriela Torres @gacato.

(Photo: Chapa Tu Choro Facebook page, used with permission from Chapa Tu Choro organisation)

The Extreme World Of €pick-up Artist’ Hate2014053120140601 (WS)

After mass murder in California, a look at the misogyny of ‘pick-up artist’ haters

After the murder of six people in California, the spotlight turned to the ‘pick-up artist’ (PUA) community, when it emerged that the shooter had posted anti-woman rants and videos online.

Elliot Rodger was apparently involved in an extreme offshoot that ostensibly warned men against gurus who claim to have secret tactics to woo women.

But the website PUAHate.com became a magnet for frustrated men airing their hatred not just towards pick-up coaches, but towards women as well.

We talk to a journalist who plumbed the depths of misogyny on the site, and to a writer who explained why the hashtag #YesAllWomen started to trend after last week’s horrific events.

BBC Trending also talks to the man behind the Russian group StopXam, which is trying to get Russian drivers to be just a little bit more polite. Their videos showing members risking life and limb by stopping cars in the middle of Moscow traffic have been viewed millions of times, and they have been endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But does any of that help when drivers, irritated at their tactics, pull out weapons?

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling, Trending blogger Sam Judah, and BBC Russian Service News Editor Famil Ismailov.

The Extreme World Of €pick-up Artist’ Hate2014053120140601 (WS)

After the murder of six people in California, the spotlight turned to the ‘pick-up artist’ (PUA) community, when it emerged that the shooter had posted anti-woman rants and videos online.

Elliot Rodger was apparently involved in an extreme offshoot that ostensibly warned men against gurus who claim to have secret tactics to woo women.

But the website PUAHate.com became a magnet for frustrated men airing their hatred not just towards pick-up coaches, but towards women as well.

We talk to a journalist who plumbed the depths of misogyny on the site, and to a writer who explained why the hashtag #YesAllWomen started to trend after last week’s horrific events.

BBC Trending also talks to the man behind the Russian group StopXam, which is trying to get Russian drivers to be just a little bit more polite. Their videos showing members risking life and limb by stopping cars in the middle of Moscow traffic have been viewed millions of times, and they have been endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But does any of that help when drivers, irritated at their tactics, pull out weapons?

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling, Trending blogger Sam Judah, and BBC Russian Service News Editor Famil Ismailov.

After mass murder in California, a look at the misogyny of ‘pick-up artist’ haters

After mass murder in California, a look at the misogyny of ‘pick-up artist’ haters

After the murder of six people in California, the spotlight turned to the ‘pick-up artist’ (PUA) community, when it emerged that the shooter had posted anti-woman rants and videos online.

Elliot Rodger was apparently involved in an extreme offshoot that ostensibly warned men against gurus who claim to have secret tactics to woo women.

But the website PUAHate.com became a magnet for frustrated men airing their hatred not just towards pick-up coaches, but towards women as well.

We talk to a journalist who plumbed the depths of misogyny on the site, and to a writer who explained why the hashtag #YesAllWomen started to trend after last week’s horrific events.

BBC Trending also talks to the man behind the Russian group StopXam, which is trying to get Russian drivers to be just a little bit more polite. Their videos showing members risking life and limb by stopping cars in the middle of Moscow traffic have been viewed millions of times, and they have been endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. But does any of that help when drivers, irritated at their tactics, pull out weapons?

Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined in the studio by BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling, Trending blogger Sam Judah, and BBC Russian Service News Editor Famil Ismailov.

The Fake Gunshot Photos That Got India Talking2016073020160731 (WS)

Photoshopped images of Mark Zuckerberg, Narendra Modi and several Bollywood stars - all wounded by pellet guns - are trending in Kashmir. They are part of a campaign to raise awareness about unrest in the region, which also claims Facebook is censoring posts about the story. But what lies behind the allegations?

And – is it possible to trademark a hashtag? Even one as simple as #Rio2016 to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics? We take a look at the US Olympic Committee’s attempts to stop some companies from using the phrase online.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Image credit: Never Forget Pakistan

A photoshopped image of Mark Zuckerberg wounded by a pellet gun is trending in Kashmir.

The Fake Gunshot Photos That Got India Talking2016073020160731 (WS)

Photoshopped images of Mark Zuckerberg, Narendra Modi and several Bollywood stars - all wounded by pellet guns - are trending in Kashmir. They are part of a campaign to raise awareness about unrest in the region, which also claims Facebook is censoring posts about the story. But what lies behind the allegations?

And – is it possible to trademark a hashtag? Even one as simple as #Rio2016 to celebrate the forthcoming Olympics? We take a look at the US Olympic Committee’s attempts to stop some companies from using the phrase online.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Image credit: Never Forget Pakistan

A photoshopped image of Mark Zuckerberg wounded by a pellet gun is trending in Kashmir.

The Fat Debate2014092720140928 (WS)

The rise and controversy of the ‘Fat Acceptance Movement’ online

Anne-Marie Tomchak speaks to a woman in Australia who had to shut down her online business selling clothes for oversized women, after she became a victim of trolling.

Anne-Marie also takes a look at the rise of the controversial Fat Acceptance Movement online. She is joined by a 27-year-old blogger who describes herself as “pretty damn fat and unabashedly so? and a founder of the National Campaign Against Obesity to discuss the implications of the movement.

We also take a look at conflict between the old and young in China. Vincent Ni from BBC Chinese tells us how a dispute over a bus seat reveals distrust between the generations.

And, is there a place for women in battle? The first female fighter pilot from the United Arab Emirates has been stirring up a heated gender debate under the hashtag #SyriaUnderAttack. BBC Trending’s Mai Noman joins us to explain.

Produced by India Rakusen.

(Photo: An obese stomach. Credit: Clara Molden/ PA Wire)

This week presenter Anne-Marie speaks to a woman in Australia who had to shut down her online business selling clothes for oversized women after she became a victim of trolling.

(Photograph Credit: Clara Molden / PA Wire)

The Fat Debate2014092720140928 (WS)

This week presenter Anne-Marie speaks to a woman in Australia who had to shut down her online business selling clothes for oversized women after she became a victim of trolling.

Anne-Marie also takes a look at the rise of the controversial Fat Acceptance Movement online. She is joined by a 27-year-old blogger who describes herself as “pretty damn fat and unabashedly so? and a founder of the National Campaign Against Obesity to discuss the implications of the movement.

We also take a look at conflict between the old and young in China. Vincent Ni from BBC Chinese tells us how a dispute over a bus seat reveals distrust between the generations.

And is there a place for women in battle? The first female fighter pilot from the United Arab Emirates has been stirring up a heated gender debate under the hashtag #SyriaUnderAttack. BBC Trending’s Mai Noman joins us to explain.

Produced by India Rakusen

(Photograph Credit: Clara Molden / PA Wire)

The rise and controversy of the ‘Fat Acceptance Movement’ online.

The rise and controversy of the ‘Fat Acceptance Movement’ online

Anne-Marie Tomchak speaks to a woman in Australia who had to shut down her online business selling clothes for oversized women, after she became a victim of trolling.

Anne-Marie also takes a look at the rise of the controversial Fat Acceptance Movement online. She is joined by a 27-year-old blogger who describes herself as “pretty damn fat and unabashedly so? and a founder of the National Campaign Against Obesity to discuss the implications of the movement.

We also take a look at conflict between the old and young in China. Vincent Ni from BBC Chinese tells us how a dispute over a bus seat reveals distrust between the generations.

And, is there a place for women in battle? The first female fighter pilot from the United Arab Emirates has been stirring up a heated gender debate under the hashtag #SyriaUnderAttack. BBC Trending’s Mai Noman joins us to explain.

Produced by India Rakusen.

(Photo: An obese stomach. Credit: Clara Molden/ PA Wire)

This week presenter Anne-Marie speaks to a woman in Australia who had to shut down her online business selling clothes for oversized women after she became a victim of trolling.

(Photograph Credit: Clara Molden / PA Wire)

The Filipino Prisoners Who Want To Stay In Jail2016081320160814 (WS)

Photos of an overcrowded jail in the Philippines – taken by photographer Noel Celis – have gone viral, but remarkably some prisoners told him they felt ‘lucky’ to be there. They say many have met with a much worse fate as the new president Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on the country’s illegal drug trade.

And – in Egypt the story of a puppy trapped underneath giant rocks in the city of Alexandria for more than three weeks has touched many. How did animal rights activists use social media to finally bring about a happy ending?

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Image caption: Prisoners in an overcrowded jail in the Philippines / Image credit: Noel Celis, Getty Images

Photos of a crowded jail have gone viral, but some prisoners feel ‘lucky’ to be there.

The Filipino Prisoners Who Want To Stay In Jail2016081320160814 (WS)

Photos of an overcrowded jail in the Philippines – taken by photographer Noel Celis – have gone viral, but remarkably some prisoners told him they felt ‘lucky’ to be there. They say many have met with a much worse fate as the new president Rodrigo Duterte cracks down on the country’s illegal drug trade.

And – in Egypt the story of a puppy trapped underneath giant rocks in the city of Alexandria for more than three weeks has touched many. How did animal rights activists use social media to finally bring about a happy ending?

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Image caption: Prisoners in an overcrowded jail in the Philippines / Image credit: Noel Celis, Getty Images

Photos of a crowded jail have gone viral, but some prisoners feel ‘lucky’ to be there.

The Hip Hop Doc2016092420160925 (WS)

A viral Justin Bieber parody is highlighting problems with prescription painkiller addiction in the United States. Z Dogg MD is a real doctor who uses a rap alter ego to discuss medical issues, and his new song has received over a million hits at a time when congress is debating whether to invest in a series of new treatment programmes.

Plus, we look at how a viral photo has started a conversation about poverty in the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan, and investigate why a Chinese company has threatened to fire any staff members who buy the new iPhone.

(Photo/Credit: ZDoggMD)

A viral Justin Bieber parody is highlighting painkiller addiction in the US.

The Live Streaming Arab Spring?2016072320160724 (WS)

Last week Turkey underwent an attempted coup from a section of the army who aimed to overthrow President Erdogan. Although it ultimately failed, images of tanks rolling down the streets and resisting protesters gripped viewers across the world. But in this case the pictures didn’t come from live TV news, instead the coup was streamed online by people across the country. Services like Periscope and Facebook Live were even credited with helping alter the course of events. So will this help make these new platforms more prominent?

In January, Facebook announced they would ban private gun sales from their network, targeting transactions where no background checks take place. But despite the ban, thousands of sales are still posted to the site. We meet the new ‘militia’ of protestors who are trying to co-ordinate to fight the adverts.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Sam Judah

(Photo: Turkey stand against coup, Credit: Getty Images)

How FaceTime and Periscope helped alter the course of the Turkish coup.

The Live Streaming Arab Spring?2016072320160724 (WS)

Last week Turkey underwent an attempted coup from a section of the army who aimed to overthrow President Erdogan. Although it ultimately failed, images of tanks rolling down the streets and resisting protesters gripped viewers across the world. But in this case the pictures didn’t come from live TV news, instead the coup was streamed online by people across the country. Services like Periscope and Facebook Live were even credited with helping alter the course of events. So will this help make these new platforms more prominent?

In January, Facebook announced they would ban private gun sales from their network, targeting transactions where no background checks take place. But despite the ban, thousands of sales are still posted to the site. We meet the new ‘militia’ of protestors who are trying to co-ordinate to fight the adverts.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Sam Judah

(Photo: Turkey stand against coup, Credit: Getty Images)

How FaceTime and Periscope helped alter the course of the Turkish coup.

The Medical Scandal Uncovered By A Tweet2015100320151004 (WS)
20151005 (WS)

When a French woman became concerned about the way her routine gynaecology exam was carried out, her husband asked a simple question about standard procedures on Twitter. The tweet triggered a slew of accusations about medical malpractice in France.

We also hear from Emily Bingham, whose Facebook plea for people to stop asking ‘when will you have a baby?’ struck a chord online.

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

(Photo: Doctors hand holding a speculum / Photo Credit: BBC)

A single tweet led to a slew of accusations about medical malpractice in France.

The Medical Scandal Uncovered By A Tweet2015100320151004 (WS)
20151005 (WS)

When a French woman became concerned about the way her routine gynaecology exam was carried out, her husband asked a simple question about standard procedures on Twitter. The tweet triggered a slew of accusations about medical malpractice in France.

We also hear from Emily Bingham, whose Facebook plea for people to stop asking ‘when will you have a baby?’ struck a chord online.

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

(Photo: Doctors hand holding a speculum / Photo Credit: BBC)

A single tweet led to a slew of accusations about medical malpractice in France.

The Migrant Worker In Saudi Arabia Who Asked For Help2016031920160320 (WS)

An Indian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia films himself pleading for help.

Abdul Sattar Mukandar from India went to Saudi Arabia to work as a driver. He sent a video explaining his working conditions to an activist in India who posted it online where it was seen by millions. His employers denied his allegations and took legal action against Abdul Sattar under a Saudi social media law.

A photo taken during the anti-government protests in Brazil began an online debate of the country’s racial and economic divide.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Photo credit: Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images

The Migrant Worker In Saudi Arabia Who Asked For Help2016031920160320 (WS)

An Indian migrant worker in Saudi Arabia films himself pleading for help.

Abdul Sattar Mukandar from India went to Saudi Arabia to work as a driver. He sent a video explaining his working conditions to an activist in India who posted it online where it was seen by millions. His employers denied his allegations and took legal action against Abdul Sattar under a Saudi social media law.

A photo taken during the anti-government protests in Brazil began an online debate of the country’s racial and economic divide.

Produced by Anisa Subedar.

Photo credit: Amer Hilabi/AFP/Getty Images

The 'nice Pic, Phwoar!' Moment2014010420140105 (WS)

Embarrassment on social media

This week, BBCtrending radio re-tells the stories of how McDonalds, Ryanair and others engaged with the public - and sometimes fell flat. Anne-Marie Tomchak meets the head of communications for Ryanair, whose CEO tweeted 'nice pic, Phwoar' during a real social media engagement session.

So what are the secrets of looking good on social media? And how do you cope when the whole world suddenly targets you on-line, for example for having the same name as a celebrity.

Featuring Esra Dogramaci, BBC digital media consultant, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending

The 'nice Pic, Phwoar!' Moment2014010420140105 (WS)

This week, BBCtrending radio re-tells the stories of how McDonalds, Ryanair and others engaged with the public - and sometimes fell flat. Anne-Marie Tomchak meets the head of communications for Ryanair, whose CEO tweeted 'nice pic, Phwoar' during a real social media engagement session.

So what are the secrets of looking good on social media? And how do you cope when the whole world suddenly targets you on-line, for example for having the same name as a celebrity.

Featuring Esra Dogramaci, BBC digital media consultant, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending

Embarrassment on social media

Embarrassment on social media

This week, BBCtrending radio re-tells the stories of how McDonalds, Ryanair and others engaged with the public - and sometimes fell flat. Anne-Marie Tomchak meets the head of communications for Ryanair, whose CEO tweeted 'nice pic, Phwoar' during a real social media engagement session.

So what are the secrets of looking good on social media? And how do you cope when the whole world suddenly targets you on-line, for example for having the same name as a celebrity.

Featuring Esra Dogramaci, BBC digital media consultant, in the studio.

Join the conversation on Twitter #BBCTrending

The On-air Groping That Got Mexico Talking2015103120151101 (WS)

When presenter Tania Reza was groped live on air by her co-host, Enrique Tovar, the clip went viral. As the saga unfolded, she and her co-host were both fired after making a video brushing it off as a social media stunt. Tania then claimed that she was pressured into making the video with Enrique. So what does the incident – and the huge reaction online - tell us about women’s rights in Mexico?

We also investigate one of the internet’s most popular memes known as the Sceptical Third World Kid. What’s the story behind the photo? And are depictions of third-world children exploitative?

(Photo: Tania Reza. Photo Credit: Televisa Prensa)

A female presenter in Mexico was groped live on television sparking a national debate

The On-air Groping That Got Mexico Talking2015103120151101 (WS)

When presenter Tania Reza was groped live on air by her co-host, Enrique Tovar, the clip went viral. As the saga unfolded, she and her co-host were both fired after making a video brushing it off as a social media stunt. Tania then claimed that she was pressured into making the video with Enrique. So what does the incident – and the huge reaction online - tell us about women’s rights in Mexico?

We also investigate one of the internet’s most popular memes known as the Sceptical Third World Kid. What’s the story behind the photo? And are depictions of third-world children exploitative?

(Photo: Tania Reza. Photo Credit: Televisa Prensa)

A female presenter in Mexico was groped live on television sparking a national debate

The Perfect Promposal2016050720160508 (WS)

Promposals (that is prom proposals for most of us) have been sweeping the internet recently. But some of the videos that have gained the most attention are those of students asking their disabled friends to the high school dance. They have gained a mixed reaction online, so is this recent trend inspirational or insulting to disabled people?

We speak to the woman who shared her experiences of pre-marital sex in Pakistan. Zahra Haider ended up trending on Twitter after she claimed the country made her feel repressed when she later moved to Canada.

Plus, an update on the young Afghani who became an internet sensation after he was photographed wearing a Lionel Messi football shirt made from a plastic bag.

(Photo credit: Amy Wright)

Are viral videos of disabled students being asked to the prom inspirational or insulting?

The Perfect Promposal2016050720160508 (WS)

Promposals (that is prom proposals for most of us) have been sweeping the internet recently. But some of the videos that have gained the most attention are those of students asking their disabled friends to the high school dance. They have gained a mixed reaction online, so is this recent trend inspirational or insulting to disabled people?

We speak to the woman who shared her experiences of pre-marital sex in Pakistan. Zahra Haider ended up trending on Twitter after she claimed the country made her feel repressed when she later moved to Canada.

Plus, an update on the young Afghani who became an internet sensation after he was photographed wearing a Lionel Messi football shirt made from a plastic bag.

(Photo credit: Amy Wright)

Are viral videos of disabled students being asked to the prom inspirational or insulting?

The Picture That Has Delhiites Debating €ladies Only’ Seats2014031520140316 (WS)

But will segregation do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi?

A picture of two men sitting down went viral in India – they were plonked underneath a sign reading ‘ladies only’. Women-only seats and carriages are common in India, but there’s disagreement among commuters as to whether segregation will do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi.

BBC Trending also speaks to the activists using Google Maps to scrub anti-Korean graffiti from the streets of Tokyo. Plus the team finds out why President Obama chose a comedy video series to try to boost the numbers signing up to his flagship healthcare plan.

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Reporter Mariko Oi, Rupa Jha from the BBC’s Delhi Bureau, and BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

The Picture That Has Delhiites Debating €ladies Only’ Seats2014031520140316 (WS)

But will segregation do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi?

A picture of two men sitting down went viral in India – they were plonked underneath a sign reading ‘ladies only’. Women-only seats and carriages are common in India, but there’s disagreement among commuters as to whether segregation will do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi.

BBC Trending also speaks to the activists using Google Maps to scrub anti-Korean graffiti from the streets of Tokyo. Plus the team finds out why President Obama chose a comedy video series to try to boost the numbers signing up to his flagship healthcare plan.

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Reporter Mariko Oi, Rupa Jha from the BBC’s Delhi Bureau, and BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling.

But will segregation do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi?

A picture of two men sitting down went viral in India – they were plonked underneath a sign reading ‘ladies only’. Women-only seats and carriages are common in India, but there’s disagreement among commuters as to whether segregation will do anything to curb sexual violence in Delhi.

BBC Trending also speaks to the activists using Google Maps to scrub anti-Korean graffiti from the streets of Tokyo. Plus the team finds out why President Obama chose a comedy video series to try to boost the numbers signing up to his flagship healthcare plan.

Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by BBC Reporter Mariko Oi, Rupa Jha from the BBC’s Delhi Bureau, and BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

The Police Who Ran Away Moments Before An Assassination2016020620160207 (WS)

Footage of a shooting in Mexico shows armed police fleeing the scene just beforehand

A video showing an assassination in Mexico has shocked many in the country, because it shows armed police running away from the scene just beforehand. Why did the police run away? And will the video change anything?

We also talk about the man accused of being a ‘rape advocate’. A petition to ban Roosh V from Australia received more than 100,000 signatures. But who is he, and why is he so controversial?

(Photo: Armed policemen. Credit: Reporteros Asociados de Sinaloa/Facebook)

The Police Who Ran Away Moments Before An Assassination2016020620160207 (WS)

Footage of a shooting in Mexico shows armed police fleeing the scene just beforehand

A video showing an assassination in Mexico has shocked many in the country, because it shows armed police running away from the scene just beforehand. Why did the police run away? And will the video change anything?

We also talk about the man accused of being a ‘rape advocate’. A petition to ban Roosh V from Australia received more than 100,000 signatures. But who is he, and why is he so controversial?

(Photo: Armed policemen. Credit: Reporteros Asociados de Sinaloa/Facebook)

The Porn Star Who Went To Iran For A Nose Job2016080620160807 (WS)

The British-American porn star Candy Charms has become the talk of social media in Iran. The adult entertainer raised some eyebrows because she travelled to the Islamic republic to get a nose job. Her story has put the spotlight on Iran as a top destination for rhinoplasty and it has re-ignited a campaign to save the Iranian nose.

Plus, the offensive joke which has started a debate about freedom of speech in Canada, and we make a pit stop to speak to one of the most popular truckers on the internet.

(Photo: Candy Charms. Credit: Instagram)

Candy Charms has put a spotlight on the Islamic republic as a destination for rhinoplasty

The Porn Star Who Went To Iran For A Nose Job2016080620160807 (WS)

The British-American porn star Candy Charms has become the talk of social media in Iran. The adult entertainer raised some eyebrows because she travelled to the Islamic republic to get a nose job. Her story has put the spotlight on Iran as a top destination for rhinoplasty and it has re-ignited a campaign to save the Iranian nose.

Plus, the offensive joke which has started a debate about freedom of speech in Canada, and we make a pit stop to speak to one of the most popular truckers on the internet.

(Photo: Candy Charms. Credit: Instagram)

Candy Charms has put a spotlight on the Islamic republic as a destination for rhinoplasty

The Prank Call Crimewave2016043020160501 (WS)

We investigate the online prank call community who live stream their crimes.

This year a series of fast food restaurants across America have been damaged by their own employees. In each case workers smashed out windows after receiving a call from the fire department who warned them about a gas leak.

But the thousands of dollars in damage were really the result of illegal prank calls, broadcast live on the internet. This week on Trending we’ve been investigating the online communities responsible, hoping to find out who’s behind the crimes, why they’re committing them and whether they’re getting out of hand.

Produced by Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Coon Rapids Police Force

The Prank Call Crimewave2016043020160501 (WS)

We investigate the online prank call community who live stream their crimes.

This year a series of fast food restaurants across America have been damaged by their own employees. In each case workers smashed out windows after receiving a call from the fire department who warned them about a gas leak.

But the thousands of dollars in damage were really the result of illegal prank calls, broadcast live on the internet. This week on Trending we’ve been investigating the online communities responsible, hoping to find out who’s behind the crimes, why they’re committing them and whether they’re getting out of hand.

Produced by Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Coon Rapids Police Force

The Prison Pen Pal Debate2016052820160529 (WS)

We meet the woman who found her imprisoned rapist looking for love online.

Robert Torres is serving four consecutive life sentences for four counts of aggravated rape. Lori Williams, one of his victims, was alarmed to find him advertising for a romantic relationship on a prisoner pen pal website. She started a petition to outlaw the practice for violent and sexual offenders in Texas, and was overwhelmed with support from the public online. We hear from Lori herself, and ask a number of experts how the issue should be dealt with.

And - as their country faces a tomato shortage, lots of Nigerians have taken to Twitter to moan about the 100 tonnes of tomatoes wasted every year in Spain’s Tomatina festival. We hear from people in the African country, as well as the mayor of the Spanish town that hosts the annual food fight.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Photo credit: Shutterstock

The Prison Pen Pal Debate2016052820160529 (WS)

We meet the woman who found her imprisoned rapist looking for love online.

Robert Torres is serving four consecutive life sentences for four counts of aggravated rape. Lori Williams, one of his victims, was alarmed to find him advertising for a romantic relationship on a prisoner pen pal website. She started a petition to outlaw the practice for violent and sexual offenders in Texas, and was overwhelmed with support from the public online. We hear from Lori herself, and ask a number of experts how the issue should be dealt with.

And - as their country faces a tomato shortage, lots of Nigerians have taken to Twitter to moan about the 100 tonnes of tomatoes wasted every year in Spain’s Tomatina festival. We hear from people in the African country, as well as the mayor of the Spanish town that hosts the annual food fight.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble

Photo credit: Shutterstock

The Scientists Encouraging Online Piracy2015101720151018 (WS)
20151019 (WS)

Meet the scientist who set up a ‘Pirate Bay for academics’ to swap research online.

Across the internet, scientists are swapping academic papers in secret - most of the time illegally – using a Twitter hashtag ‘#ICanHazPDF’. We ask the scientist who came up with the idea why thousands of people are using it, and how they justify their actions.

And, this week, Salman Rushdie dubbed the internet trolls who back the Indian Prime Minister ‘Modi Toadies’. But who are they? Are they a sign of growing intolerance in India? We hear from a leading liberal journalist, and a spokesman from Modi’s BJP party in an attempt to find out.

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

(Photo: Scientist at computer / Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

The Scientists Encouraging Online Piracy2015101720151018 (WS)
20151019 (WS)

Meet the scientist who set up a ‘Pirate Bay for academics’ to swap research online.

Across the internet, scientists are swapping academic papers in secret - most of the time illegally – using a Twitter hashtag ‘#ICanHazPDF’. We ask the scientist who came up with the idea why thousands of people are using it, and how they justify their actions.

And, this week, Salman Rushdie dubbed the internet trolls who back the Indian Prime Minister ‘Modi Toadies’. But who are they? Are they a sign of growing intolerance in India? We hear from a leading liberal journalist, and a spokesman from Modi’s BJP party in an attempt to find out.

Produced by Estelle Doyle.

(Photo: Scientist at computer / Photo Credit: Shutterstock)

The Star Pupil Who Scored Zero In Every Exam2015090520150906 (WS)
20150907 (WS)

Meet Maryam Malak, considered one of Egypt’s top performing students before she scored zero in all seven of her exams. The incident caused outcry in the country, and many believe corrupt officials are to blame.

We also hear about the social media battle being launched by some of the drivers of London’s iconic black cabs against taxi-app firm Uber, and the drivers of London’s iconic black cabs. By monitoring Twitter, a small but vocal minority of established London cabbies are targeting Uber customers that make complaints on the social network. Often they’re advising them to switch back to black cabs, but sometimes they’re trolling their rival’s passengers and sending them abuse online.

(Photo: Exam multiple choice paper. Credit: Shutterstock)

Maryam Malak, considered one of Egypt’s top students, scored zero in her exams. Why?

The Star Pupil Who Scored Zero In Every Exam2015090520150906 (WS)
20150907 (WS)

Meet Maryam Malak, considered one of Egypt’s top performing students before she scored zero in all seven of her exams. The incident caused outcry in the country, and many believe corrupt officials are to blame.

We also hear about the social media battle being launched by some of the drivers of London’s iconic black cabs against taxi-app firm Uber, and the drivers of London’s iconic black cabs. By monitoring Twitter, a small but vocal minority of established London cabbies are targeting Uber customers that make complaints on the social network. Often they’re advising them to switch back to black cabs, but sometimes they’re trolling their rival’s passengers and sending them abuse online.

(Photo: Exam multiple choice paper. Credit: Shutterstock)

Maryam Malak, considered one of Egypt’s top students, scored zero in her exams. Why?

The Students Who Say €afrikaans Must Fall’2016022720160228 (WS)

Why do some students want to ban lectures in Afrikaans at a South African university?

Violence has erupted over the use of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Some students want to see the language banned from lecture theatres, and say its presence is a form of racism. But others think it should remain.

And a Hollywood Actor – Terry Crews – has posted several videos to Facebook about fighting his addiction to pornography. It sparked a wave of support in online communities dedicated to abstaining from porn. We hear from a self-confessed porn addict, and a doctor who says pornography isn’t addictive in the same way as alcohol or gambling.

Produced by Sam Judah and Emma Wilson

Image caption: A student protest at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Image credit: Twitter / @JehovahsFinest

The Students Who Say €afrikaans Must Fall’2016022720160228 (WS)

Why do some students want to ban lectures in Afrikaans at a South African university?

Violence has erupted over the use of Afrikaans at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Some students want to see the language banned from lecture theatres, and say its presence is a form of racism. But others think it should remain.

And a Hollywood Actor – Terry Crews – has posted several videos to Facebook about fighting his addiction to pornography. It sparked a wave of support in online communities dedicated to abstaining from porn. We hear from a self-confessed porn addict, and a doctor who says pornography isn’t addictive in the same way as alcohol or gambling.

Produced by Sam Judah and Emma Wilson

Image caption: A student protest at the University of Pretoria, South Africa

Image credit: Twitter / @JehovahsFinest

The Turkish Journalists Defying A Media €crackdown’2016111220161113 (WS)

Journalists are using social media to get round censorship in Turkey.

Following an attempted coup earlier this year, the Turkish government has closed more than 150 news outlets. We meet one of the journalists defying the closures, by creating a new Periscope channel to live stream news from the country.

And – presenter Catrin Nye hears about a Chinese social media star who built his reputation by handing out cash to the poor. He’s been exposed this week by a video that shows him taking his gifts back once off air.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption: Two journalists live on Periscope / Image credit: Haber Sizsiniz

The Turkish Journalists Defying A Media €crackdown’2016111220161113 (WS)

Journalists are using social media to get round censorship in Turkey.

Following an attempted coup earlier this year, the Turkish government has closed more than 150 news outlets. We meet one of the journalists defying the closures, by creating a new Periscope channel to live stream news from the country.

And – presenter Catrin Nye hears about a Chinese social media star who built his reputation by handing out cash to the poor. He’s been exposed this week by a video that shows him taking his gifts back once off air.

Produced by Sam Judah.

Image caption: Two journalists live on Periscope / Image credit: Haber Sizsiniz

The Venezuelans Trading Medicine On Twitter2016061120160612 (WS)

Patients in the troubled South American country are turning to social media to source vital medical supplies. We hear from a former patient and a doctor who have both struggled to find medicine. If the government declared a state of emergency, international aid agencies could provide fresh supplies, but the government says the situation is manageable.

And – we find out why people are putting their names in parenthesis on Twitter. What started as a campaign led by anti-Semitic trolls turned into an act of defiance, as both Jewish and non-Jewish people tried to reclaim the racist symbol.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble.

Photo: Olga Ramos

Patients are turning to social media to source vital medical supplies.

The Venezuelans Trading Medicine On Twitter2016061120160612 (WS)

Patients in the troubled South American country are turning to social media to source vital medical supplies. We hear from a former patient and a doctor who have both struggled to find medicine. If the government declared a state of emergency, international aid agencies could provide fresh supplies, but the government says the situation is manageable.

And – we find out why people are putting their names in parenthesis on Twitter. What started as a campaign led by anti-Semitic trolls turned into an act of defiance, as both Jewish and non-Jewish people tried to reclaim the racist symbol.

Produced by Sam Judah and Kate Lamble.

Photo: Olga Ramos

Patients are turning to social media to source vital medical supplies.

The Women 'shouting' Their Abortions2015092620150927 (WS)
20150928 (WS)

We hear why women around the world are sharing deeply personal stories about having an abortion and publishing their experiences to social media. And, we talk to one of those who strongly object to what is being shared.

And, we speak to the daughter of a Yemeni doctor who tried to tell the world about the war in his country. Not everyone liked what he had to say - and he disappeared over a month ago. Joining us in the studio are Anne-Marie Tomchak @AMTomchak and Mai Noman @MaiNoman.

(Photo: Baby in Marble, Credit: Thinkstock)

Should women 'shout' their abortion online?

The Women 'shouting' Their Abortions2015092620150927 (WS)
20150928 (WS)

We hear why women around the world are sharing deeply personal stories about having an abortion and publishing their experiences to social media. And, we talk to one of those who strongly object to what is being shared.

And, we speak to the daughter of a Yemeni doctor who tried to tell the world about the war in his country. Not everyone liked what he had to say - and he disappeared over a month ago. Joining us in the studio are Anne-Marie Tomchak @AMTomchak and Mai Noman @MaiNoman.

(Photo: Baby in Marble, Credit: Thinkstock)

Should women 'shout' their abortion online?

This Comment Has Been Removed…2015081520150816 (WS)
20150817 (WS)

Is this the end of online comments?

Is it time to get rid of the comments section? This month the Daily Dot decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and closed theirs down. They follow technology site The Verge, Slate and several other online publishers who are reassessing the need for online comment. But how do you foster engagement and dialogue without inadvertently feeding the trolls in the process? Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined by Nicholas White, the editor of the Daily Dot and Riese, the editor of Autostraddle, an online community for LGBT people.

Comments are also crucial to the appeal of a new live streaming application, Periscope. But we hear how some of the most followed women on the app feel it is leaving them exposed to sexist trolling; and some tips for handling this.

And we talk to the Turkish teacher who is defying a proposed government ban on the country’s prep schools by teaching his students directly via that same live streaming app.

@AMTomchak is joined in the studio by Gunney Yildiz @guneyyildiz.

(Picture Credit: Shutterstock)

This Comment Has Been Removed…2015081520150816 (WS)
20150817 (WS)

Is this the end of online comments?

Is it time to get rid of the comments section? This month the Daily Dot decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and closed theirs down. They follow technology site The Verge, Slate and several other online publishers who are reassessing the need for online comment. But how do you foster engagement and dialogue without inadvertently feeding the trolls in the process? Anne-Marie Tomchak is joined by Nicholas White, the editor of the Daily Dot and Riese, the editor of Autostraddle, an online community for LGBT people.

Comments are also crucial to the appeal of a new live streaming application, Periscope. But we hear how some of the most followed women on the app feel it is leaving them exposed to sexist trolling; and some tips for handling this.

And we talk to the Turkish teacher who is defying a proposed government ban on the country’s prep schools by teaching his students directly via that same live streaming app.

@AMTomchak is joined in the studio by Gunney Yildiz @guneyyildiz.

(Picture Credit: Shutterstock)

Tipsters On Trial2016061820160619 (WS)

Will you be betting on Euro 2016? Most people will probably rely on national allegiances if they decide to gamble, but thousands of social media users, particularly in Britain, are now taking advice on where to place their money from strangers. Twitter and Facebook accounts that claim to be able to more accurately predict the outcome of games.

But while this new breed of tipsters might offer free advice, many are actually in league with the bookies. They’re offered around 30% of all the money their followers lose. So how much faith should people have in these new gambling gurus?

Produced by Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

We investigate the social media betting tipsters who make money when you lose.

Tipsters On Trial2016061820160619 (WS)

Will you be betting on Euro 2016? Most people will probably rely on national allegiances if they decide to gamble, but thousands of social media users, particularly in Britain, are now taking advice on where to place their money from strangers. Twitter and Facebook accounts that claim to be able to more accurately predict the outcome of games.

But while this new breed of tipsters might offer free advice, many are actually in league with the bookies. They’re offered around 30% of all the money their followers lose. So how much faith should people have in these new gambling gurus?

Produced by Kate Lamble.

Photo credit: Shutterstock

We investigate the social media betting tipsters who make money when you lose.

Toddler Peeing In Public Divides The Chinese Internet2014042620140427 (WS)

How a wee on a Hong Kong street made a splash on Weibo

As a video of a child urinating in the streets of Hong Kong goes viral on Chinese social media, we find out how the huge reaction reveals cultural tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China. BBC Chinese’s Martin Yip joins Mukul from Hong Kong.

The hashtag #EPNvsInternet attracted nearly one million tweets in Mexico. A social media campaign under the hashtag protested a new bill proposed by the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which seeks further controls over online activity.

And BBC Trending have been out on the tiles in Bangalore, India. We find out why the city’s nightlife is a point of contention in the coming elections, and how young people are using social media to seek out parties.

This week presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC social media editor for World Service David Cuen and BBC Trending’s very own Benjamin Zand.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Toddler Peeing In Public Divides The Chinese Internet2014042620140427 (WS)

How a wee on a Hong Kong street made a splash on Weibo

As a video of a child urinating in the streets of Hong Kong goes viral on Chinese social media, we find out how the huge reaction reveals cultural tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China. BBC Chinese’s Martin Yip joins Mukul from Hong Kong.

The hashtag #EPNvsInternet attracted nearly one million tweets in Mexico. A social media campaign under the hashtag protested a new bill proposed by the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which seeks further controls over online activity.

And BBC Trending have been out on the tiles in Bangalore, India. We find out why the city’s nightlife is a point of contention in the coming elections, and how young people are using social media to seek out parties.

This week presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC social media editor for World Service David Cuen and BBC Trending’s very own Benjamin Zand.

How a wee on a Hong Kong street made a splash on Weibo

As a video of a child urinating in the streets of Hong Kong goes viral on Chinese social media, we find out how the huge reaction reveals cultural tensions between Hong Kong and mainland China. BBC Chinese’s Martin Yip joins Mukul from Hong Kong.

The hashtag #EPNvsInternet attracted nearly one million tweets in Mexico. A social media campaign under the hashtag protested a new bill proposed by the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto, which seeks further controls over online activity.

And BBC Trending have been out on the tiles in Bangalore, India. We find out why the city’s nightlife is a point of contention in the coming elections, and how young people are using social media to seek out parties.

This week presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the Trending studio by BBC social media editor for World Service David Cuen and BBC Trending’s very own Benjamin Zand.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Tracking #macronleaks20170512

How the American alt-right helped #MacronLeaks go viral.

Tracking #macronleaks20170512

How the American alt-right helped #MacronLeaks go viral.

Trending20170623

- explaining the stories the world is sharing...

We investigate some of the fake victim images which appear online in the wake of a deadly attacks and disasters. Who are the victims and perpetrators, and why are these images circulated?

Also on the programme, we take a look at the online groups of mostly men who swear off not only sex, but masturbation too. They operate under the banner ‘NoFap’, and discuss sexual health issues largely without the guidance of official medical advice.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

(Image: A fake tweet, Credit: Tamara de Anda/Twitter)

Trending20170623

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

We investigate some of the fake victim images which appear online in the wake of a deadly attacks and disasters. Who are the victims and perpetrators, and why are these images circulated?

Also on the programme, we take a look at the online groups of mostly men who swear off not only sex, but masturbation too. They operate under the banner ‘NoFap’, and discuss sexual health issues largely without the guidance of official medical advice.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

(Image: A fake tweet, Credit: Tamara de Anda/Twitter)

- explaining the stories the world is sharing.

Trending20170630

- explaining the stories the world is sharing...

The death of a teenager in India led to an online campaign, which within days sparked a trending hashtag and worldwide street protests. We pick apart the #NotInMyName campaign.

It’s a movement borne out of a teenagers death at the hands of a mob, and it’s found a voice both on and offline.

And, viral videos coming out of West Africa have been showing people bouncing rice balls. But those behind the videos are not bouncing their food for fun. We talk about the rice rumours making waves in this part of the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Kayleen Devlin

Image: Indian protesters hold placards as they gather for a 'Not in my name' silent protest / Credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

The death of a teenager in India led to an online campaign, which within days sparked a trending hashtag and worldwide street protests. We pick apart the #NotInMyName campaign.

It’s a movement borne out of a teenagers death at the hands of a mob, and it’s found a voice both on and offline.

And, viral videos coming out of West Africa have been showing people bouncing rice balls. But those behind the videos are not bouncing their food for fun. We talk about the rice rumours making waves in this part of the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Indian protesters hold placards as they gather for a 'Not in my name' silent protest / Credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Trending20170630

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

The death of a teenager in India led to an online campaign, which within days sparked a trending hashtag and worldwide street protests. We pick apart the #NotInMyName campaign.

It’s a movement borne out of a teenagers death at the hands of a mob, and it’s found a voice both on and offline.

And, viral videos coming out of West Africa have been showing people bouncing rice balls. But those behind the videos are not bouncing their food for fun. We talk about the rice rumours making waves in this part of the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Indian protesters hold placards as they gather for a 'Not in my name' silent protest / Credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

- explaining the stories the world is sharing...

The death of a teenager in India led to an online campaign, which within days sparked a trending hashtag and worldwide street protests. We pick apart the #NotInMyName campaign.

It’s a movement borne out of a teenagers death at the hands of a mob, and it’s found a voice both on and offline.

And, viral videos coming out of West Africa have been showing people bouncing rice balls. But those behind the videos are not bouncing their food for fun. We talk about the rice rumours making waves in this part of the world.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Kayleen Devlin

Image: Indian protesters hold placards as they gather for a 'Not in my name' silent protest / Credit: Chandan Khanna/AFP/Getty Images

Trolls, 'the Devil', And Death2016120320161204 (WS)

President Rodrigo Duterte was elected to power in the Philippines promising to tackle crime and to feed the corpses of drug dealers to the fish. In the months since he took office almost 5,000 people are believed to have been killed by police and vigilantes.

The BBC Trending team investigates how Duterte's 'war on drugs' is playing out in real life, and how a sophisticated social media strategy is ensuring support for the controversial policy.

Produced by Kate Lamble.

(Photo: Police officer patrols a neighbourhood in the Philippines. His gun bears a badge with the words 'Duterte Iron Fist')

This special programme from the BBC Trending team investigates how the Philippines drug war is being fought on and offline.

Trolls, 'the Devil', And Death2016120320161204 (WS)

This special programme from the BBC Trending team investigates how the Philippines drug war is being fought on and offline.

President Rodrigo Duterte was elected to power in the Philippines promising to tackle crime and to feed the corpses of drug dealers to the fish. In the months since he took office almost 5,000 people are believed to have been killed by police and vigilantes.

The BBC Trending team investigates how Duterte's 'war on drugs' is playing out in real life, and how a sophisticated social media strategy is ensuring support for the controversial policy.

Produced by Kate Lamble.

(Photo: Police officer patrols a neighbourhood in the Philippines. His gun bears a badge with the words 'Duterte Iron Fist')

Victorian Social Media2014012520140126 (WS)

India’s first social media politician, Victorian Facebook and how sex is now sharable.

In this week’s programme presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak, we find out why Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, is attracting so many jokes on Indian social media about his honesty and bravery. A new conversation in Britain around the hashtag #VictorianFacebook attempts to revive the Victorian era. We hear how the Victorians themselves would have been more familiar with social media than we may think.

And a naughty trend on social media: the new sites that want us to share our sex interests and lives with one another. But sharing sexual content online has its pitfalls as the victims of revenge porn known too well.

With Neha Bhatnagar, Matthew Sweet and Estelle Doyle in the studio.

India’s first social media politician, Victorian Facebook and how sex is now sharable.

In this week’s programme presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak, we find out why Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, is attracting so many jokes on Indian social media about his honesty and bravery. A new conversation in Britain around the hashtag #VictorianFacebook attempts to revive the Victorian era. We hear how the Victorians themselves would have been more familiar with social media than we may think.

And a naughty trend on social media: the new sites that want us to share our sex interests and lives with one another. But sharing sexual content online has its pitfalls as the victims of revenge porn known too well.

With Neha Bhatnagar, Matthew Sweet and Estelle Doyle in the studio.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Victorian Social Media2014012520140126 (WS)

India’s first social media politician, Victorian Facebook and how sex is now sharable.

In this week’s programme presented by Anne-Marie Tomchak, we find out why Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, is attracting so many jokes on Indian social media about his honesty and bravery. A new conversation in Britain around the hashtag #VictorianFacebook attempts to revive the Victorian era. We hear how the Victorians themselves would have been more familiar with social media than we may think.

And a naughty trend on social media: the new sites that want us to share our sex interests and lives with one another. But sharing sexual content online has its pitfalls as the victims of revenge porn known too well.

With Neha Bhatnagar, Matthew Sweet and Estelle Doyle in the studio.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

Vietnam’s Facebook Blockers2014080220140803 (WS)

Why are Vietnamese human rights activists having their Facebook accounts suspended?

On this week’s Trending we explore why human rights activists are having their Facebook accounts suspended in Vietnam. So called ‘opinion shapers’ are complaining that the profiles of activists contain false information resulting in Facebook suspending accounts. But who are these people who want to shut down accounts and what can Facebook do in such a tricky situation? We speak to David Nguyen, a human rights lawyer currently under house arrest about his experience.

Also on the programme, what a video of a child firing a rocket propelled grenade shows us about the gun problem in Libya. We speak to Tripoli based journalist Hassan Morajea about his run-ins with children with guns.

And who is the mysterious woman in black walking across the USA? We attempt to solve the mystery..

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by Ly Truong from the Vietnamese service, Mohamed Madi from World Online and Annie Waldman from the US Trending team.

Produced by Anna Meisel and Laura Gray

Vietnam’s Facebook Blockers2014080220140803 (WS)

Why are Vietnamese human rights activists having their Facebook accounts suspended?

On this week’s Trending we explore why human rights activists are having their Facebook accounts suspended in Vietnam. So called ‘opinion shapers’ are complaining that the profiles of activists contain false information resulting in Facebook suspending accounts. But who are these people who want to shut down accounts and what can Facebook do in such a tricky situation? We speak to David Nguyen, a human rights lawyer currently under house arrest about his experience.

Also on the programme, what a video of a child firing a rocket propelled grenade shows us about the gun problem in Libya. We speak to Tripoli based journalist Hassan Morajea about his run-ins with children with guns.

And who is the mysterious woman in black walking across the USA? We attempt to solve the mystery..

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined in the studio by Ly Truong from the Vietnamese service, Mohamed Madi from World Online and Annie Waldman from the US Trending team.

Produced by Anna Meisel and Laura Gray

What It Takes To Make A Youtube Star2014041920140420 (WS)

When FouseyTube hit two million, it’s creator celebrated by jumping out of a plane

This week Anne-Marie Tomchak has been finding out who the man behind YouTube hit FouseyTube really is. Twenty-four year old Yousef Saleh Erakat makes comedy sketches, pranks and ‘social experiments’ from his home in California, and he’s just hit two million subscribers. BBC Trending have been discovering what drives the YouTube star.

Mike Wendling is in the studio sporting yoga pants and bringing the latest roundup of stories from the BBC Trending team.

And Anne-Marie is joined by Aliyu Tanko from BBC Hausa to discuss social media activism in Nigeria. This week a man was released from prison following the campaign #FreeCiaxon, but just how effective is online protest in the country?

Produced by India Rakusen

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

What It Takes To Make A Youtube Star2014041920140420 (WS)

When FouseyTube hit two million, it’s creator celebrated by jumping out of a plane

This week Anne-Marie Tomchak has been finding out who the man behind YouTube hit FouseyTube really is. Twenty-four year old Yousef Saleh Erakat makes comedy sketches, pranks and ‘social experiments’ from his home in California, and he’s just hit two million subscribers. BBC Trending have been discovering what drives the YouTube star.

Mike Wendling is in the studio sporting yoga pants and bringing the latest roundup of stories from the BBC Trending team.

And Anne-Marie is joined by Aliyu Tanko from BBC Hausa to discuss social media activism in Nigeria. This week a man was released from prison following the campaign #FreeCiaxon, but just how effective is online protest in the country?

Produced by India Rakusen

When FouseyTube hit two million, it’s creator celebrated by jumping out of a plane

This week Anne-Marie Tomchak has been finding out who the man behind YouTube hit FouseyTube really is. Twenty-four year old Yousef Saleh Erakat makes comedy sketches, pranks and ‘social experiments’ from his home in California, and he’s just hit two million subscribers. BBC Trending have been discovering what drives the YouTube star.

Mike Wendling is in the studio sporting yoga pants and bringing the latest roundup of stories from the BBC Trending team.

And Anne-Marie is joined by Aliyu Tanko from BBC Hausa to discuss social media activism in Nigeria. This week a man was released from prison following the campaign #FreeCiaxon, but just how effective is online protest in the country?

Produced by India Rakusen

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing...

What’s Nexit?2016070220160703 (WS)

Is #Frexit next? The social media trends inspired by the UK's vote to leave the EU.

First came #Brexit, could #Frexit, #Ausexit or #Texit follow? We take a look at the social media movements which have been inspired by Britain voting to leave the European Union.

And we ask why, less than an hour after a terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey's government banned Facebook and Twitter in the country.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Anisa Subedar

(Photo caption: Neon exit sign / Photo credit: Shutterstock)

What’s Nexit?2016070220160703 (WS)

Is #Frexit next? The social media trends inspired by the UK's vote to leave the EU.

First came #Brexit, could #Frexit, #Ausexit or #Texit follow? We take a look at the social media movements which have been inspired by Britain voting to leave the European Union.

And we ask why, less than an hour after a terror attack in Istanbul, Turkey's government banned Facebook and Twitter in the country.

Produced by Kate Lamble and Anisa Subedar

(Photo caption: Neon exit sign / Photo credit: Shutterstock)

White People And Dreadlocks2016040220160403 (WS)

Two million people watched a video of a confrontation between two American students over his dreadlocks. What’s wrong with white people having dreadlocks?

One student had a problem with Cory Goldstein’s dreadlocks, because he is white and she believed he is “appropriating? her culture.

Also in the programme, a Mexican father seeking justice on social media for his daughter’s alleged rape.

Presented by Mike Wendling.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Sam Judah.

Photo Credit: Golden Gate Xpress

Millions watch video of white student being harassed over his dreadlocks.

White People And Dreadlocks2016040220160403 (WS)

Two million people watched a video of a confrontation between two American students over his dreadlocks. What’s wrong with white people having dreadlocks?

One student had a problem with Cory Goldstein’s dreadlocks, because he is white and she believed he is “appropriating? her culture.

Also in the programme, a Mexican father seeking justice on social media for his daughter’s alleged rape.

Presented by Mike Wendling.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Sam Judah.

Photo Credit: Golden Gate Xpress

Millions watch video of white student being harassed over his dreadlocks.

Women Against Feminism2014072620140727 (WS)

Why are some women turning against feminism?

We meet the women behind the movement ‘Women Against Feminism’ which is becoming increasingly popular on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. We hear the reaction of feminists who say their ideas have been misunderstood. Also on the programme, why a video mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been watched over 55 million times in China and what it shows about the relationship between the two countries.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined by Vincent Ni from the BBC Chinese Service and Anne-Marie Tomchak from BBC Trending.

Women Against Feminism2014072620140727 (WS)

Why are some women turning against feminism?

We meet the women behind the movement ‘Women Against Feminism’ which is becoming increasingly popular on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. We hear the reaction of feminists who say their ideas have been misunderstood. Also on the programme, why a video mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been watched over 55 million times in China and what it shows about the relationship between the two countries.

Presenter Mukul Devichand is joined by Vincent Ni from the BBC Chinese Service and Anne-Marie Tomchak from BBC Trending.

Zika Whatsapp Support Group2016013020160131 (WS)

The Zika Whatsapp Support Group, and are British Muslim women 'traditionally submissive'?

Brazilian woman sets up support group on Whatsapp for mothers with Zika virus. BBC Trending finds out more.

Also, are British Muslim women ‘traditionally submissive?’ Women respond with #traditionallysubmissive online following reported comments by the British Prime Minister.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Anisa Subedar.

Image: Baby being examined

Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Zika Whatsapp Support Group2016013020160131 (WS)

The Zika Whatsapp Support Group, and are British Muslim women 'traditionally submissive'?

Brazilian woman sets up support group on Whatsapp for mothers with Zika virus. BBC Trending finds out more.

Also, are British Muslim women ‘traditionally submissive?’ Women respond with #traditionallysubmissive online following reported comments by the British Prime Minister.

Produced by Emma Wilson and Anisa Subedar.

Image: Baby being examined

Image credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images