March 18, 2018

Social media and blogging updates: Blogger jailed, Tumblr blocked, Facebook linked to hate ...

Blogger gets jail for offering sex


A 19-year old Chinese blogger, Ye Mouyi, has landed in jail for prostitution after posting an offer for sex on her account in WeChat instant messaging platform.

She gave her hotel room details, posted a bikini-clad photo and invited people to 'get me sex for free'. She left the hotel after the post but by that time over 3000 people had rung up or visited the hotel, going by media reports.

Mouyi later posted that it was a joke, but that was too late. What the post got her (instead of sex!) was arrest, imprisonment for 15 days, fine and suspension of her social account.


Indonesia blocks Tublr blogs


Indonesia has blocked the blogging site Tumblr for hosting pornographic content. 

According to the government, it had asked Tumblr last month to remove such content within 48 hours, to which the blogging platform did not respond. At least 360 accounts were found to have porn.

Indonesia has been advising chat and media sharing platforms to pull down porn and extremist content, for the last two years, and has taken action against many of them. 

In 2008, the Islamic country enacted a tough law against porn and the government is constantly under pressure from political parties to act against web porn.

LittleThings closes down.



LittleThings's goodbye post on its website.

LittleThings, a lovable digital publisher, has closed shop. An alogrithm change by Facebook is behind its traffic decimating in a short time.

LittleThings took birth when blogger Maia McCann wrote a post on kitten and it went viral. What began as a blog in 2014, LittleThings had in 2018 over 12 million followers, and most of its 'feel good' videos got thousands of views.

Ironically, it was looking for investment when Facebook threw a bombshell over its plans.


Facebook accused of spreading hatred in Myanmar


Facebook has a high place in Myamar's society; a great deal of private and public information sharing happens on this social platform. For years, it was supposed to have helped the society in communication.

However, the UN fact finding mission looking into large-scale killings of Rohingya Muslims has found that this medium was also exploited by ultra-right Budhists in spreading hate, which resulted in large-scale massacres and over 650,000 Rohingyas taking refuge in neighboring Bangladesh. 

Yanghee Lee, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar is quoted to have said, I’m afraid that Facebook has now turned into a beast, and not what it originally intended.

Facebook has earlier claimed, it takes hate content in the platform very seriously and has been working hard to deal with it in Myanmar.

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