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#bbctrending In Istanbul20140808
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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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#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)

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)

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

Silenced Online In Libya And The Russian 'rotten West' Meme20141115
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)

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 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 '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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.