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20170707
20170707

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20170707

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Britain First, a far-right British political party known for their extreme anti-immigration policies, has been posting and promoting videos designed to appeal to the UK’s largest immigrant community – Polish people. We investigate the possible impact of these videos, and – crucially – why they are reaching out to Britain’s Polish population.

And, when fake news is sometimes good news. Rumours in football and the fake news generated by these rumours are nothing new, but we’ll be looking at the way these stories impact clubs, players and fans.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producer: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: Wayne Rooney poses on the red carpet / Credit: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

20170707

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Britain First, a far-right British political party known for their extreme anti-immigration policies, has been posting and promoting videos designed to appeal to the UK’s largest immigrant community – Polish people. We investigate the possible impact of these videos, and – crucially – why they are reaching out to Britain’s Polish population.

And, when fake news is sometimes good news. Rumours in football and the fake news generated by these rumours are nothing new, but we’ll be looking at the way these stories impact clubs, players and fans.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producer: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: Wayne Rooney poses on the red carpet / Credit: Anthony Devlin/AFP/Getty Images

20170714
20170714

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New Chinese regulations have resulted in a crack down of online videos. Chinese censors have banned around 84 categories of material including prostitution, drug addiction, extra marital affairs but the classification of homosexuality as an ‘abnormal’ sexual activity has caused anger online.

And how India social media is reacting to a new tax placed on menstrual hygiene products and forcing people to talk about a subject that is traditionally taboo.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: A still from the popular Chinese online video series “Addicted?, one of the shows that may fall afoul of new censorship rules
Credit: China Huace Film

20170714

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New Chinese regulations have resulted in a crack down of online videos. Chinese censors have banned around 84 categories of material including prostitution, drug addiction, extra marital affairs but the classification of homosexuality as an ‘abnormal’ sexual activity has caused anger online.

And how India social media is reacting to a new tax placed on menstrual hygiene products and forcing people to talk about a subject that is traditionally taboo.

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: A still from the popular Chinese online video series “Addicted?, one of the shows that may fall afoul of new censorship rules
Credit: China Huace Film

20170721
20170721

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The first of two special editions of BBC Trending brings to you a unique Chinese love story involving one of China’s most well-known live streamers, and a fan who watches her on a screen every single day.

Live streaming is big business in China, with half of the online Chinese community using livestreaming apps in 2016.

The first part of this special edition tells the story of Lele Tao, one of China’s most well-known livestreaming bloggers. In this episode, we find out her back story, look in to the impact livestreaming has on her life, and question what the phenomenon of livestreaming itself tells us about modern China.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Megha Mohan and Anisa Subedar

20170721

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The first of two special editions of BBC Trending brings to you a unique Chinese love story involving one of China’s most well-known live streamers, and a fan who watches her on a screen every single day.

Live streaming is big business in China, with half of the online Chinese community using livestreaming apps in 2016.

The first part of this special edition tells the story of Lele Tao, one of China’s most well-known livestreaming bloggers. In this episode, we find out her back story, look in to the impact livestreaming has on her life, and question what the phenomenon of livestreaming itself tells us about modern China.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Megha Mohan and Anisa Subedar

20170728
20170728

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The final in a two-part special edition of BBC Trending bringing you a strange love story involving one of China’s most well-known live streamers, and a fan who pays to watch her live stream every single day.

Last week we introduced you to Lele Tao, a well-known live streamer in China. This week we meet Shage, who is a devoted fan of Lele’s. We delve into Shage’s back story, his motivations, and witness Lele and Shage’s first ever face-to-face interaction.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Megha Mohan and Anisa Subedar

Image: Shage using his phone / Credit: BBC

20170728

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The final in a two-part special edition of BBC Trending bringing you a strange love story involving one of China’s most well-known live streamers, and a fan who pays to watch her live stream every single day.

Last week we introduced you to Lele Tao, a well-known live streamer in China. This week we meet Shage, who is a devoted fan of Lele’s. We delve into Shage’s back story, his motivations, and witness Lele and Shage’s first ever face-to-face interaction.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producers: Megha Mohan and Anisa Subedar

Image: Shage using his phone / Credit: BBC

20170804
20170804

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An exclusive brought to you from BBC Trending this week: whistleblowers from inside YouTube’s voluntary Trusted Flaggers Scheme, which helps identify potential child groomers, tell us that the company are failing to respond to the vast majority of reports from them and the public.

Also on the programme, an unsolved murder of a young man in Washington DC last year has sparked widespread conspiracy theories online. But these aren’t just any kind of conspiracy theories – they’re ones with links to people in positions of power. Why has one murder led to such a huge response online? And what does this all mean for the grieving family who are left behind?

Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: close up of YouTube image / Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

20170804

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An exclusive brought to you from BBC Trending this week: whistleblowers from inside YouTube’s voluntary Trusted Flaggers Scheme, which helps identify potential child groomers, tell us that the company are failing to respond to the vast majority of reports from them and the public.

Also on the programme, an unsolved murder of a young man in Washington DC last year has sparked widespread conspiracy theories online. But these aren’t just any kind of conspiracy theories – they’re ones with links to people in positions of power. Why has one murder led to such a huge response online? And what does this all mean for the grieving family who are left behind?

Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: close up of YouTube image / Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

20170811
20170811

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A visual protest accompanied by a viral hashtag has sparked a new twist in the fight for women's rights in India. It began with one woman driving in her car late at night, and has resulted in the country’s ruling party facing embarrassment and possible damage to their reputation.

Also on the programme, we investigate the curious case of a pro-Trump twitter account which was elevated by the US President over the weekend. The account was quickly exposed as a fake, but it’s not as fake as people initially suspected.

Presenter: India Rakusen
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: Selfie of Varnika Kundu / Credit: Varnika Kundu

20170811

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A visual protest accompanied by a viral hashtag has sparked a new twist in the fight for women's rights in India. It began with one woman driving in her car late at night, and has resulted in the country’s ruling party facing embarrassment and possible damage to their reputation.

Also on the programme, we investigate the curious case of a pro-Trump twitter account which was elevated by the US President over the weekend. The account was quickly exposed as a fake, but it’s not as fake as people initially suspected.

Presenter: India Rakusen
Producers: Anisa Subedar and Kayleen Devlin

Image: Selfie of Varnika Kundu / Credit: Varnika Kundu

20170818
20170818

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A special edition exploring the collision zone between free speech and criminal activity with a focus on two stories out of the US.

After a week of violent clashes and soul searching in Charlottesville, big internet giants step in and quell the voice of one notorious website. We talk to one person who campaigned to have the website shut down, and another who wrote for it.

And, a classified ads site accused of facilitating sex trafficking has prompted action for a change in US law. Critics say if the law goes through it could result in an attack on free speech on the internet.

Presenter: India Rakusen
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Counter protesters shout at members of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally / Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

20170818

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A special edition exploring the collision zone between free speech and criminal activity with a focus on two stories out of the US.

After a week of violent clashes and soul searching in Charlottesville, big internet giants step in and quell the voice of one notorious website. We talk to one person who campaigned to have the website shut down, and another who wrote for it.

And, a classified ads site accused of facilitating sex trafficking has prompted action for a change in US law. Critics say if the law goes through it could result in an attack on free speech on the internet.

Presenter: India Rakusen
Producers: Kayleen Devlin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Counter protesters shout at members of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally / Credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images

20170825

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This week BBC Trending shines a spotlight on the social media scene in war-torn Yemen. We focus on the recent detention of one prominent political analyst, and ask what his case and others like it, reveal about of freedom of speech in the country.

And, the question of which African country makes the best jollof rice is one that has been causing heated debate online. Following this week’s celebration of World Jollof Rice Day we speak to people with strong opinions about their favourite recipes.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: A dish of jollof rice / Credit: Shutterstock

20170825

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This week BBC Trending shines a spotlight on the social media scene in war-torn Yemen. We focus on the recent detention of one prominent political analyst, and ask what his case and others like it, reveal about of freedom of speech in the country.

And, the question of which African country makes the best jollof rice is one that has been causing heated debate online. Following this week’s celebration of World Jollof Rice Day we speak to people with strong opinions about their favourite recipes.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: A dish of jollof rice / Credit: Shutterstock

20170901

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Hurricane Harvey brought devastating floods to large areas of Texas; and in its wake came a flurry of fake news, much of which which went viral - including a widely shared picture of a shark on a highway and reports of mass looting. BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling sorts the fact from the fiction.

Also - spoiler alert - we hear from the Reddit group that believes giving the game away is all part of the fun of watching the global TV hit Game of Thrones.

And Abdirahim Saeed reports on growing concern in the Gulf States where an illegal market for employing domestic servants is using social media to circumvent the law.

Presented by Megha Mohan
Produced by Anisa Subedar

(image:Vehicles left stranded on a flooded highway in Houston,Texas. Photo credit: Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)

20170901

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Hurricane Harvey brought devastating floods to large areas of Texas; and in its wake came a flurry of fake news, much of which which went viral - including a widely shared picture of a shark on a highway and reports of mass looting. BBC Trending’s Mike Wendling sorts the fact from the fiction.

Also - spoiler alert - we hear from the Reddit group that believes giving the game away is all part of the fun of watching the global TV hit Game of Thrones.

And Abdirahim Saeed reports on growing concern in the Gulf States where an illegal market for employing domestic servants is using social media to circumvent the law.

Presented by Megha Mohan
Produced by Anisa Subedar

(image:Vehicles left stranded on a flooded highway in Houston,Texas. Photo credit: Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)

20170908
20170908

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On the face of it, Eduardo Martins had an inspiring and seemingly legitimate story. He seemed to be a young, conscientious photographer working in conflict zones who found success after overcoming hardship. His images were used on a number of reputable news sites, and his Instagram following reached into the tens of thousands. There is, though, one big problem with this story: it’s a total fabrication. A BBC Brasil investigation has exposed Eduardo Martins as a fake identity. Martins – whoever he really is – took another man’s self-portraits and passed them off as his own, and stole the work of a real war photographer. In this edition of the programme, Trending talks to BBC Brasil’s Silvia Salek and meets the people behind this extraordinary tale.

Also on the programme, how pro-Russian twitter bots are being used to harass and intimidate journalists and researchers in an attempt to discourage them from covering stories.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: Some of the images that Eduardo Martin used to bolster his Instagram following. Credit: Max Hepworth-Povey/BBC)

20170908

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

On the face of it, Eduardo Martins had an inspiring and seemingly legitimate story. He seemed to be a young, conscientious photographer working in conflict zones who found success after overcoming hardship. His images were used on a number of reputable news sites, and his Instagram following reached into the tens of thousands. There is, though, one big problem with this story: it’s a total fabrication. A BBC Brasil investigation has exposed Eduardo Martins as a fake identity. Martins – whoever he really is – took another man’s self-portraits and passed them off as his own, and stole the work of a real war photographer. In this edition of the programme, Trending talks to BBC Brasil’s Silvia Salek and meets the people behind this extraordinary tale.

Also on the programme, how pro-Russian twitter bots are being used to harass and intimidate journalists and researchers in an attempt to discourage them from covering stories.

Presenter: Megha Mohan
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: Some of the images that Eduardo Martin used to bolster his Instagram following. Credit: Max Hepworth-Povey/BBC)

20170915
20170915

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We investigate new German legislation which will force social networks to delete hate speech - or face massive fines. Some support it, and the government is determined to go ahead, but critics say it will restrict free speech.

Also, how the online row over a media start-up officially endorsed by Hilary Clinton has exposed the deep split in the Democratic Party.

Plus, some of the trends of the week - including a lovelorn pianist and a seven year old neurology expert.

Presented by Kayleen Devlin
Produced by Will Yates

Picture caption: Syrian refugee Anas Modamani (left) and Goetz Froemming, a candidate for Germany’s anti-immigration AfD party, disagree about the need for Germany's tough new online speech law.
Copyright: BBC

20170915

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

We investigate new German legislation which will force social networks to delete hate speech - or face massive fines. Some support it, and the government is determined to go ahead, but critics say it will restrict free speech.

Also, how the online row over a media start-up officially endorsed by Hilary Clinton has exposed the deep split in the Democratic Party.

Plus, some of the trends of the week - including a lovelorn pianist and a seven year old neurology expert.

Presented by Kayleen Devlin
Produced by Will Yates

Picture caption: Syrian refugee Anas Modamani (left) and Goetz Froemming, a candidate for Germany’s anti-immigration AfD party, disagree about the need for Germany's tough new online speech law.
Copyright: BBC

20170922
20170922

We investigate claims that posts by Rohingya activists are being unfairly deleted by social media companies.

Also the American footballer who’s divided a nation - why Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is still making waves across the US.

And the weird and wonderful world of comedienne Heather Land whose “I ain’t doin it? videos have attracted a massive online following.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: A Bangladesh border guard attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near a refugee camp. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

20170922

We investigate claims that posts by Rohingya activists are being unfairly deleted by social media companies.

Also the American footballer who’s divided a nation - why Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is still making waves across the US.

And the weird and wonderful world of comedienne Heather Land whose “I ain’t doin it? videos have attracted a massive online following.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: A Bangladesh border guard attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near a refugee camp. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

20170922

We investigate claims that posts by Rohingya activists are being unfairly deleted by social media companies.

Also the American footballer who’s divided a nation - why Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is still making waves across the US.

And the weird and wonderful world of comedienne Heather Land whose “I ain’t doin it? videos have attracted a massive online following.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: A Bangladesh border guard attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near a refugee camp. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

20170922

We investigate claims that posts by Rohingya activists are being unfairly deleted by social media companies.

Also the American footballer who’s divided a nation - why Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is still making waves across the US.

And the weird and wonderful world of comedienne Heather Land whose “I ain’t doin it? videos have attracted a massive online following.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: A Bangladesh border guard attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near a refugee camp. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

We investigate claims that posts by Rohingya activists are being unfairly deleted by social media companies.

Also the American footballer who’s divided a nation - why Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem is still making waves across the US.

And the weird and wonderful world of comedienne Heather Land whose “I ain’t doin it? videos have attracted a massive online following.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: A Bangladesh border guard attempts to clear Rohingya Muslim refugees off a road near a refugee camp. Credit: Dominique Faget/AFP/Getty Images)

20170929
20170929

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We hear from the Indian couple behind the viral ‘husband-proof’ shopping list, finding out how the list came about and their response to its success on social media.

And, a personal tale of online harassment and intimidation. We talk to a Finnish journalist who spent years as the target of pro-Russian trolls, and we also talk to the grandson of the World War 2 veteran who found overnight internet fame after an image of him kneeling in support of American football players protesting the US national anthem went viral.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: the 'husband-proof' shopping list / Credit: Era Golwalkar

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20170929

We hear from the Indian couple behind the viral ‘husband-proof’ shopping list, finding out how the list came about and their response to its success on social media.

And, a personal tale of online harassment and intimidation. We talk to a Finnish journalist who spent years as the target of pro-Russian trolls, and we also talk to the grandson of the World War 2 veteran who found overnight internet fame after an image of him kneeling in support of American football players protesting the US national anthem went viral.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: the 'husband-proof' shopping list / Credit: Era Golwalkar

20170929

We hear from the Indian couple behind the viral ‘husband-proof’ shopping list, finding out how the list came about and their response to its success on social media.

And, a personal tale of online harassment and intimidation. We talk to a Finnish journalist who spent years as the target of pro-Russian trolls, and we also talk to the grandson of the World War 2 veteran who found overnight internet fame after an image of him kneeling in support of American football players protesting the US national anthem went viral.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: the 'husband-proof' shopping list / Credit: Era Golwalkar

20170929

We hear from the Indian couple behind the viral ‘husband-proof’ shopping list, finding out how the list came about and their response to its success on social media.

And, a personal tale of online harassment and intimidation. We talk to a Finnish journalist who spent years as the target of pro-Russian trolls, and we also talk to the grandson of the World War 2 veteran who found overnight internet fame after an image of him kneeling in support of American football players protesting the US national anthem went viral.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: the 'husband-proof' shopping list / Credit: Era Golwalkar

20171006
20171006

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Sexist double standards. It’s a topic that’s older than social media itself, but which has nonetheless recently been a talking topic on social media in Pakistan. We delve into this issue through the lens of three viral stories - all of which shed a different light on the debate - and we hear from those who are fighting back.

Also, a Facebook group which runs under the provocative title “Dysfunctional Veterans? has gained a massive following online. We look into this online effort to help former US soldiers, and hear from the man who set it up.

Presenter: Kayleen Devlin
Producer: Will Yates

Image:Asma Shirazi, one of the Pakistani women who took to social media to criticise double standards / Credit: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

20171006

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

Sexist double standards. It’s a topic that’s older than social media itself, but which has nonetheless recently been a talking topic on social media in Pakistan. We delve into this issue through the lens of three viral stories - all of which shed a different light on the debate - and we hear from those who are fighting back.

Also, a Facebook group which runs under the provocative title “Dysfunctional Veterans? has gained a massive following online. We look into this online effort to help former US soldiers, and hear from the man who set it up.

Presenter: Kayleen Devlin
Producer: Will Yates

Image:Asma Shirazi, one of the Pakistani women who took to social media to criticise double standards / Credit: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

20171006

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

Sexist double standards. It’s a topic that’s older than social media itself, but which has nonetheless recently been a talking topic on social media in Pakistan. We delve into this issue through the lens of three viral stories - all of which shed a different light on the debate - and we hear from those who are fighting back.

Also, a Facebook group which runs under the provocative title “Dysfunctional Veterans” has gained a massive following online. We look into this online effort to help former US soldiers, and hear from the man who set it up.

Presenter: Kayleen Devlin
Producer: Will Yates

Image:Asma Shirazi, one of the Pakistani women who took to social media to criticise double standards / Credit: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images

20171013
20171013

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20171013

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The Russian military wants to stop its regular soldiers from posting selfies on social media. We find out why. Also, the online spat between two rival filmmakers documenting the life and death of a black transexual woman. And the singer whose post about his new girlfriend caused China’s biggest website to crash.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day, St Petersburg. Credit: Olga Maltseva/AFP)

20171013

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The Russian military wants to stop its regular soldiers from posting selfies on social media. We find out why. Also, the online spat between two rival filmmakers documenting the life and death of a black transexual woman. And the singer whose post about his new girlfriend caused China’s biggest website to crash.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

(Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony for Russia's Navy Day, St Petersburg. Credit: Olga Maltseva/AFP)

20171020
20171020

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This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists.

White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies.

A fight that lived online between the two groups has now seen itself being played out on the streets in America in traditionally liberal towns like Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon. But who is winning and what are they fighting for?

Presenters: Mike Wendling and Anisa Subedar

(Photo: Women at Protest, Credit: BBC)
Producer: Anisa Subedar

20171020

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists.

White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies.

A fight that lived online between the two groups has now seen itself being played out on the streets in America in traditionally liberal towns like Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon. But who is winning and what are they fighting for?

Presenters: Mike Wendling and Anisa Subedar

(Photo: Women at Protest, Credit: BBC)
Producer: Anisa Subedar

20171103

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We investigate connections between Moscow and groups that want to break up the United States. Also, the list of "sexual predator" professors that has sparked an online debate in India. And, the disgusting story of a university roommate from hell.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: A protester holds a 'Calexit' sign / Credit: Chelsea Guglielmino / Getty Images

Banning Television2013110220131103 (WS)

BBC Trending is the new show which hand-picks a selection of stories trending on social media around the globe - and explores what these stories tell us about how the world is changing. It’s presented by Mukul Devichand. You can also follow our regular updates on the BBC Trending blog (bbc.com/trending). Spotted an interesting trend? Tweet us using #BBCtrending.

This week a Twitter storm called for one of Pakistan’s most popular TV channels to be banned. Is it ok to take Selfies at funerals and other sensitive locations? And a travel nightmare for one Indian catches the attention of millions.

Trending, explaining the stories the world is sharing

Banning Television2013110220131103 (WS)

BBC Trending is the new show which hand-picks a selection of stories trending on social media around the globe - and explores what these stories tell us about how the world is changing. It’s presented by Mukul Devichand. You can also follow our regular updates on the BBC Trending blog (bbc.com/trending). Spotted an interesting trend? Tweet us using #BBCtrending.

This week a Twitter storm called for one of Pakistan’s most popular TV channels to be banned. Is it ok to take Selfies at funerals and other sensitive locations? And a travel nightmare for one Indian catches the attention of millions.

Twitter storm hits Pakistani TV channel.

Banning Television2013110220131103 (WS)

Twitter storm hits Pakistani TV channel.

BBC Trending is the new show which hand-picks a selection of stories trending on social media around the globe - and explores what these stories tell us about how the world is changing. It’s presented by Mukul Devichand. You can also follow our regular updates on the BBC Trending blog (bbc.com/trending). Spotted an interesting trend? Tweet us using #BBCtrending.

This week a Twitter storm called for one of Pakistan’s most popular TV channels to be banned. Is it ok to take Selfies at funerals and other sensitive locations? And a travel nightmare for one Indian catches the attention of millions.

Banning Television2013110220131103 (WS)

Twitter storm hits Pakistani TV channel.

From Yemen With Love2013112320131124 (WS)

Online campaign to allow forbidden love

Girl meets boy, but her father disapproves. It is a story as old as time, but unlike Romeo and Juliet, a couple arrested in Yemen have sparked a major Facebook campaign. #BBCtrending traces the love story of Huda, a Saudi girl, and Arafat, a Yemeni boy – and asks what it tells us about Yemeni society.

Trending - explaining the stories the world is sharing.

From Yemen With Love2013112320131124 (WS)

Online campaign to allow forbidden love

Girl meets boy, but her father disapproves. It is a story as old as time, but unlike Romeo and Juliet, a couple arrested in Yemen have sparked a major Facebook campaign. #BBCtrending traces the love story of Huda, a Saudi girl, and Arafat, a Yemeni boy – and asks what it tells us about Yemeni society.

Girls And Boys In Turkey2013110920131110 (WS)

Should male and female students live together?

Girls And Boys In Turkey2013110920131110 (WS)

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sparked a debate this week on social media over whether male and female students should live together. Thousands aired their views on Twitter. Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out what they have been saying.

BBC Trending also takes a look at the murky world of dark hashtags- where people appear to be selling everything from cocktails of prescription drugs to guns through social media sites.

Should male and female students live together?

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sparked a debate this week on social media over whether male and female students should live together. Thousands aired their views on Twitter. Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out what they have been saying.

BBC Trending also takes a look at the murky world of dark hashtags- where people appear to be selling everything from cocktails of prescription drugs to guns through social media sites.

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

Girls And Boys In Turkey2013110920131110 (WS)

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan sparked a debate this week on social media over whether male and female students should live together. Thousands aired their views on Twitter. Anne-Marie Tomchak finds out what they have been saying.

BBC Trending also takes a look at the murky world of dark hashtags- where people appear to be selling everything from cocktails of prescription drugs to guns through social media sites.

Should male and female students live together?

How Free Is The Russian Web?20171110

Government regulation is increasing ahead of the 2018 presidential election

For years the Russian internet provided an open platform for news and discussion. Social media was an engine for vastly different content than could be seen in the news presented on the largely state-run television channels.

But over the last few years government regulation has been building up, and the authorities have started to curtail the kind of content that can be posted and seen online.

Who are the young people who are getting caught up in the government crackdown? And just how free is the Russian web?

Producer: Kate Lamble

(Photo: Moscow, Credit: Getty Images)

Malaysian Graffiti2013111620131117 (WS)

Painting walls – vandalism or treasured art?

A Lithuanian street artist makes waves with his graffiti in Johor Bahru, a city with a reputation for street crime in Malaysia.

BBC Trending also takes a look at spam. As different social media platforms become more popular- are they going to be subject to spam? Is it time we created a word just for Twitter? We try to coin the term “twam.?

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

Malaysian Graffiti2013111620131117 (WS)

Painting walls – vandalism or treasured art?

A Lithuanian street artist makes waves with his graffiti in Johor Bahru, a city with a reputation for street crime in Malaysia.

BBC Trending also takes a look at spam. As different social media platforms become more popular- are they going to be subject to spam? Is it time we created a word just for Twitter? We try to coin the term “twam.?

The Russian Blogger Running For President20171117

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is using social media to build a movement

For the second in our special series from Russia, we trace how opposition leader Alexei Navalny has used social media to move from writing LiveJournal blogs about corruption to trying to run for president.

We meet his supporters, from teenage activists to professional social media strategists as well as those who call his team “a mixture of LGBT people, Satanists and Nazis”.

Does Navalny have a shot at winning the presidency – and how is he changing politics in the process?

Producer: Kate Lamble

Image: Alexei Navalny after he was doused with green dye by a protester in March 2017 / Credit: Navalny.com

Who Are Antifa?20171027

Far right supporters and hard left groups known as “antifa” are fighting on US streets.

This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists.

But what is ‘free speech’? White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies.

We look at these two groups in traditionally liberal towns like Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon.

But who is winning and what are they fighting for?

Presenters: Mike Wendling and Anisa Subedar
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: American police officers / Credit: BBC

Who Are Antifa?20171030

Far right supporters and hard left groups known as “antifa” are fighting on US streets.

This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists.

But what is ‘free speech’? White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies.

We look at these two groups in traditionally liberal towns like Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon.

But who is winning and what are they fighting for?

Presenters: Mike Wendling and Anisa Subedar
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: American police officers / Credit: BBC

Who Are Antifa?20171030

Far right supporters and hard left groups known as “antifa” are fighting on US streets.

This year has seen a sharp rise in the number of confrontations in America between far right white supremacists and a group known as antifa – the anti fascists.

But what is ‘free speech’? White nationalists will claim their fight is to defend the first amendment and protect the right to free speech but their opponents believe it’s an excuse to promote often racist ideologies.

We look at these two groups in traditionally liberal towns like Berkeley, California and Portland, Oregon.

But who is winning and what are they fighting for?

Presenters: Mike Wendling and Anisa Subedar
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: American police officers / Credit: BBC

Who Pushed The €calexit’ Hashtag?20171103

What’s the connection between Moscow and groups that want to break up the United States?

We investigate connections between Moscow and groups that want to break up the United States. Also, the list of "sexual predator" professors that has sparked an online debate in India. And, the disgusting story of a university roommate from hell.

Presenter: Jonathan Griffin
Producer: Will Yates

Image: A protester holds a 'Calexit' sign / Credit: Chelsea Guglielmino / Getty Images

Why Did ‘Black Twitter’ Users Get Banned?20171201

Meet one of the people snared by Twitter’s new anti-abuse rules.

What happens when Twitter is your favourite platform but the company then suspends or terminates your account? The new Twitter rules meant one ‘black Twitter’ user was banned – along with many of his online friends. What happened next?

Also, Donald Trump started a diplomatic spat with Britain after retweeting inflammatory videos originally posted by the deputy leader of a far-right UK group. Who was behind those videos, and how have they built an international anti-Islam hub on Facebook?

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Elizabeth Cassin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Unclebantzz, a member of a loose group known as “black Twitter”, found his Twitter account suspended after the company instituted new anti-abuse rules / Credit: BBC

Why Did €black Twitter’ Users Get Banned?20171201

Meet one of the people snared by Twitter’s new anti-abuse rules.

What happens when Twitter is your favourite platform but the company then suspends or terminates your account? The new Twitter rules meant one ‘black Twitter’ user was banned – along with many of his online friends. What happened next?

Also, Donald Trump started a diplomatic spat with Britain after retweeting inflammatory videos originally posted by the deputy leader of a far-right UK group. Who was behind those videos, and how have they built an international anti-Islam hub on Facebook?

Presenter: Mike Wendling
Producers: Elizabeth Cassin and Anisa Subedar

Image: Unclebantzz, a member of a loose group known as “black Twitter”, found his Twitter account suspended after the company instituted new anti-abuse rules / Credit: BBC

Youtube’s Child Protection Problems20171124

A Trending investigation finds a glitch in YouTube's tool for reporting obscene comments.

Part of YouTube's system for reporting sexualised comments left on children's videos has not been functioning correctly for more than a year, volunteer moderators have told Trending.

Sources inside YouTube’s “Trusted Flagger” programme say there could be up to 100,000 predatory accounts leaving indecent comments on videos.

A BBC Trending investigation has discovered a flaw in a tool that enables the public to report abuse.

But YouTube says it reviews the "vast majority" of reports within 24 hours, and that it has taken steps to shut down predatory accounts.

Presenters: Elizabeth Cassin and Mike Wendling
Producer: Anisa Subedar

Image: Woman holding a tablet device with the YouTube logo showing on the screen.
Credit: Getty Images / iStock