Time's "person of the year", sympathy for Aceh and a scented candle frenzy in New Zealand

  • 7 December 2016
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Time Magazine's pick of Donald Trump as their "person of the year" has - surprise, surprise - divided opinion. Hearts are going out to Indonesia's Aceh region, which has been hit by an earthquake and, in New Zealand, there is untrammelled delight from the winners of a competition for a scented candle from KFC.

"President of the divided states of America"

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Donald Trump appearing on the cover of Time magazine as its "person of the year" has pleased his supporters - to an extent.

The magazine's announcement this Wednesday certainly cheered many of them. Future staff, such as Mike Pence and Reince Priebus, were quick to post their congratulations.

But some took issue with the manner in which it covered him.

"TIME magazine calling Mr.Trump 'President of The Divided States of America' VERY WRONG!" tweeted President Barack Obama's brother, Malik, who supports Mr Trump.

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Trolls and triumph: a digital battle in the Philippines

  • 7 December 2016

This year, an authoritarian, anti-establishment firebrand, famed for his controversial statements and uncompromising stance on law and order, won a presidential election with the help of a divisive, innovative social media campaign.

No, not Donald Trump, but President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines.

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#SouthernFail, Kashmir-inspired fashion under fire and dismay over the Walter Scott mistrial

  • 6 December 2016
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British commuters get creative to express the depths of their anger with Southern Rail, a fashion show in India is accused of insensitivity over a collection inspired by Kashmir, and the mistrial of an American police officer who shot a black man running away from him angers and saddens many.

Commuters decry #SouthernFail

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The ongoing disruption on Southern Rail, the network that runs trains between London and the southern coast of the UK, has inspired quite a litany of creative rants on social media.

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The dad who asked for donations - even though he's well-off

  • 5 December 2016
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Image caption Millions of Chinese people donated money to help a five-year-old girl with leukaemia who is now in an intensive care unit

A row has erupted on social media in China over a father who raised money for his sick child without disclosing what some people argued were substantial assets of his own.

After his daughter was diagnosed with leukaemia, Luo Er from Shenzhen in southern China raised more than 2.6 million yuan ($380,000; £300,000). His tool was WeChat, China's most popular messaging app, through which he raised the sum in only a few days.

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Robo-Trump: One director's dark take on the next president

  • 5 December 2016

Donald Trump is a huge angry missile-shooting robot battling Mexicans.

That's the concept of a dark, funny and sharply satirical sci-fi short film from Uruguay that millions are watching online.

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Trump supporters shrug off conspiracy theory attack and Twitter seeks Syria's Bana

  • 5 December 2016
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An unfounded conspiracy theory has real-life effects when a gunman decides to check them out for himself - but Trump's most vocal online supporters don't care. Also, seven-year-old Bana Alabed, who has been tweeting from eastern Aleppo, goes offline.

Trump supporters shrug off #Pizzagate attack

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Some of Donald Trump's most vocal supporters on Twitter are doubling down on a conspiracy theory they have been promoting for weeks, while trying to dissociate themselves from an attack that appears to have been prompted by it.

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An outlet for gripes in a repressive regime? It's on Facebook

  • 4 December 2016
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Image caption Uzbekistan's prime minister and acting president, Shavkat Mirziyoyev

"Do you have unsolved problems, petitions, complaints, or suggestions? Send them to the Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan."

That's the message on the website of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan's acting president. And frustrated Uzbeks have responded in their thousands. They've been flooding the site, a telephone hotline and Mirziyoyev's Facebook page with complaints about matters big and small - everything from wages and corruption to noisy discos and business opportunities.

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The Daily Mail on Manuel, the US government on climate change and appeals from Aleppo

  • 5 December 2016
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Twitter users question the Daily Mail's stance on immigrants, a US government Twitter account is taken to task for tweeting a false news story on climate change, and appeals from one seven-year-old in Aleppo are becoming increasingly desperate.

Manuel was a migrant, Twitter users tell tabloid

The UK's Daily Mail has come under fire on Twitter this Friday for what several see as contradictory stories on its front page.

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Can't afford a holiday trip home? This man wants to help

  • 2 December 2016
Want to go home for the holidays but can't afford to? Perhaps I can help you out Image copyright Twitter/Peter Shankman

An American entrepreneur is offering to donate his frequent flyer points to strangers who can't afford to visit their families this Christmas.

For the second year running, author and corporate speaker Peter Shankman has launched his air miles donation offer on image-sharing site Imgur, where his post has already been viewed more than 800,000 times.

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The saga of 'Pizzagate': The fake story that shows how conspiracy theories spread

  • 2 December 2016
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No victim has come forward. There's no investigation. And physical evidence? That doesn't exist either.

But thousands of people are convinced that a paedophilia ring involving people at the highest levels of the Democratic Party is operating out of a Washington pizza restaurant.

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