Trump, Modi teach social media discretion, and how! ... and other social updates

You need to be discreet, social media tells conceited presenters

Trump and Modi, the two most followed global political leaders have taught a lesson to indiscreet television celebrity presenters in an interesting way.

Donald Trump is known for his indiscretion on social media and public life elsewhere. But that does not allow Kathy Griffin, the comedian, to hold a bloodied head of Trump on her show. Initially defiant, she later sought apology for her action when she was roasted on the social media. I went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people, she had to state publicly.

Well, it was not 'too disturbing' in the case of Narendra Modi, but social media made a senior journalist to pay for not knowing that he is one of the most followed world leaders on Twitter, nearly as popular as Trump. Megyn Kelly launched her show for NBC News with an exclusive interview with Russian President Putin and Indian PM Modi last week. In her chat with the Indian PM before the interview she asked him, "Are you on Twitter?" You can imagine the type of responses she got on Twitter itself!

trump on mediaComing back to Trump. Trump has tweeted that the mainstream media is bent on throwing him out of social media. He followed it up by saying that if I would have relied on the Fake News of CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, washpost or nytimes, I would have had ZERO chance winning WH. Let's watch how the mainstream media reacts! 

Is Instagram causing mental health issues?

Instagram is seen the worst among social platforms when it comes to mental health of the youth.

In a recent study of British young people (aged 14 to 24 years) by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), young people and youth said Instagram was the most negative among popular social media platforms in terms of mental health and well-being. They judged the five most popular platforms as follows:

  • YouTube (most positive)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Snapchat
  • Instagram (most negative)

At this link, you can visit the mental health and social media report.

And here, one of our earlier snippets on social media and well-being

Mary Meeker's report on internet

Meeker has regularly been releasing her report on Internet Trends. Her latest report is mostly affirmation of earlier trends, but as it is the latest let's have a look at some major trends:

  • There are likely 3.4 billion internet users at the end of 2016 and they are growing at a nearly constant rate of around 10% per year.
  • Online ad revenue has, for the first time, exceeded that of television, growing at 22% per year and mostly driven by mobile. Facebook and Google are growing the fastest in getting ad revenue. 
  • Ad blocking is picking up, especially in developing markets.
  • Voice recognition apps/ assistants are now able to recognize human voice up to nearly 95%. That's fantastic indeed, no?
  • Video gaming is the most engaging online activity, with Asia taking lead in terms of engagement and revenues.

In case you missed...
We could not bring you social media updates in the last four weeks as we were finalizing the Directory of Best Indian Blogs. So, some social media and blogging snippets from the recent past:

A Russian court has convicted a 22-year old blogger, Ruslan Sokolovsky, for a video on YouTube, in which he was seen playing Pokemon Go in a church.

Before being pulled down, the video was viewed 1.6 million times!

Russian blogger with pokemon go

The blogger was not immediately jailed as the 3.5 year blasphemy sentence was suspended. He, however, was under house arrest for last many months.

Facebook has started cracking down on clickbait sites, the ones that serve ads on the go as we browse the FB stream.

FB's news feed is now beginning to have less of such ads, especially in the top part of the feed. Expect fewer ads of magical sex-boosting, body-building solutions and cheap gadgets. Let's see how effectively it works, because YouTube, Twitter and other platforms are also trying to check poor quality content, obtrusive and misleading ads, hate/ crime/ child porn visuals etc, but with only mixed success.

British PM has blamed internet for terrorist attacks that have taken place in recent months in the UK. She has wanted a global regulation of cyberspace to prevent it from allowing safe spaces to terrorists. While 'free speech' warriors are upset with that, Australian PM has echoed her viewpoint and has called upon social networking sites to proactively tackle terrorism related content.

Some internet experts say, the issues have become too inter-twined to be solved just by sanitizing Facebook or Twitter.
Ethiopia shut down internet for nearly 12 hours to check cheating in countrywide exams.

Well, cheating through social sites or apps or tech gadgets is rampant, and authorities the world over are struggling to check this, with limited success. 

Some countries such as Ethiopia and Algeria can afford to pull the plug but can others do that? Even when it is known that terrorism in Kashmir was being propagated through social media, the Indian government did block out internet for some days but could not sustain it for long.