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'Bloomberg' Reporter Enlists Experts To Become An Instagram Influencer

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:12:00 -0500

These days, a strong social media presence can say a lot about your identity. Some do social media well — almost flawlessly — to the point where they can become influential enough to use their personal brand to make money. But what happens when a modest dad-type aspires for the allure that comes with having millions of followers? NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Bloomberg reporter Max Chafkin about his month as an "Instagram influencer."

Instagramps: Long-Distance Grandpa's Art Carries His Love Across The World

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:58:00 -0500

At 75, Chanjae Lee hated the idea of learning this bizarre thing called Instagram. He also hadn't picked up a paintbrush in years. But then, his grandchildren moved away and a baby was born.

TSA Takes To Twitter For AMA

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:06:26 -0500

The Transportation Security Administration has been using social media to answer travelers' questions about what they can bring on commercial planes. Questions like, "Are meatballs allowed in carry-on bags?"

The Standing Rock Resistance Is Unprecedented (It's Also Centuries Old)

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 11:18:00 -0500

Many say the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance is beyond anything they've experienced before. But there are preludes in Native American history, and you don't have to look too far back to find them.

VIDEO: Vote For The Best And Worst Charity Ads Of 2016

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:51:00 -0500

Losers get the Rusty Radiator Award. Winners get the golden version.

Ex-Head Of Twitter News: Social Media Companies Alone Shouldn't Regulate 'Fake News'

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 09:11:00 -0500

What role, if any, should social media companies play in monitoring fake news? NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Vivian Schiller, former head of Twitter's news operation.

Postelection, Overwhelmed Facebook Users Unfriend, Cut Back

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:34:00 -0500

We asked how your social media habits changed after the election. More than 150 of you replied — and most are tired, deleting apps, unfriending people, tuning out politics or worried for family ties.

Mark Zuckerberg Addresses Fake News On Facebook

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 17:21:00 -0500

Some have criticized Facebook for being a platform that allowed fake news to spread. Following the criticism, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released plans to combat fake news on the site.

'Misinformation' On Facebook: Zuckerberg Lists Ways Of Fighting Fake News

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 10:12:00 -0500

Computer detection of potentially false stories; labeling news that might be false; cutting ad revenue: Those are steps Facebook could use to combat fake news.

Commander-In-Tweet: Trump's Social Media Use And Presidential Media Avoidance

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 15:46:00 -0500

If Donald Trump continues personally tweeting as president it will be an extension of commanders in chief going around the media. Though, it may also be unorthodox.

Commander In Tweet: Trump Avoids Media Filter With Twitter

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 05:06:00 -0500

An unprecedented feature of Donald Trump's successful campaign for president was his personal use of Twitter. In some ways, this is in line with a tradition of presidents going around the press.

To Make A Big Stink About Diarrhea, Ask 'Em To Write A Poo-em

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 16:44:00 -0500

Defeat DD is raising awareness for the No. 2 killer of children under five around the world — by getting people to write haikus about poop.

March Of The Penguins: Kids Take Political Activism To Virtual World

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 14:30:00 -0500

Club Penguin, an online world designed for kids, became the unexpected center of a political protest. While there were some messages supporting Donald Trump, most protested the election results.

VIDEO: Mannequin Challenge Makes It To India, Nepal, Nigeria

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:00:00 -0500

The online craze has gone global. Watch videos from students in Indonesia, radio deejays in Morocco and temple visitors in Nepal.

From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 05:02:00 -0500

The Facebook chief has an army of subcontractors making editorial judgments about millions of pieces of content — like a media company. But the rules they operate by are complex and contradictory.