Warning over fake celebrity accounts targeting children
- 24 April 2017
Law enforcement officers have been warning BBC Trending radio about a growing number of social media accounts wrongly purporting to be teen idols like Harry Styles and Justin Bieber, speaking inappropriately to young children.
The growing world of social media apps with big teenage audiences has made the situation even more difficult to police, they say.
"Identity assumption by child sex offenders is increasing quite steadily," Detective Inspector Jon Rouse, who runs task force Argos, a specialist branch responsible for tackling online child exploitation in Queensland, Australia, told us.
Detective Inspector Rouse led a recent investigation that led to a 42-year-old man, who allegedly posed as Canadian singer Justin Bieber on a number of social media platforms in order to gain indecent images of children, being charged with more than 900 child sex offences.
"The fact that so many children across the world could believe that they were talking to Justin Bieber, and that Justin Bieber would make them do the things that they did, is really quite concerning," he says, "I think a re-evaluation of the way we educate children about safe online behaviour is really needed."
Hollywood star trolled in Lapland
- 21 April 2017
Outspoken Hollywood actor Shia LaBeouf has been the target of trolls - congregating on anonymous websites - ever since his anti-Trump performance art project began in January.
For his latest art installation, he's alone in a cabin in Lapland, with only one line of communication to the outside world - the Kiasma Museum in Helsinki.
Jeff Sessions 'reminded' Hawaii is a state, and #AskTheresaMay criticises premier
- 21 April 2017
Comments made by Jeff Sessions regarding Hawaii have spurred internet anger, and opponents of Prime Minister Theresa May are tweeting #AskTheresaMay.
'Island in the Pacific'
Hawaiians aren't taking kindly to comments made by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions about their home state earlier this week.
Wigs and parting gifts for O'Reilly, and Islamabad airport scuffle
- 20 April 2017
Some social media users react to Bill O'Reilly's firing with joy while others come to his defence and Pakistanis comment on videos showing a fight between a female constable and two passengers at Islamabad airport.
Bill O'Reilly's parting gifts
Some Twitter users are celebrating online following Fox News' decision to drop presenter Bill O'Reilly over sexual harassment claims.
Patrick the wombat dies, and Zara criticised for 'Pepe' skirt
- 19 April 2017
Social media users mourn the loss of celebrity wombat Patrick, and Zara is criticised for marketing a denim skirt featuring a lookalike of the "hateful" Pepe the Frog meme.
The death of Australian "celebrity wombat" Patrick, said to be the oldest bare-nosed wombat in captivity, has sparked tributes online.
Muslim teen reveals father's response to removing hijab
- 18 April 2017
A Muslim father's unwavering support for his teenage daughter if she chose to not wear a hijab has grabbed online attention.
Lamyaa, 17, in Pennsylvania, US tweeted a screengrab of a conversation with her father in Saudi Arabia who said he would support her "no matter what" after she told him she was considering removing her hijab.
General election 2017: No! 'Larry the cat is not dead'
- 18 April 2017
Social media users in the UK are reacting to Prime Minister Theresa May's surprise announcement of a snap general election with memes - naturally.
The election was scheduled to be held in 2020 but has now been called for 8 June, pending a parliamentary vote.
Trump Jr's "very fake news" T-shirt, and Bernie Sanders in a giant ice cream tub
- 17 April 2017
A T-shirt worn by the US president's son disparaging the mass media has awoken conspiracy theories online, while social media users have stirred up elements of Bernie Sanders' campaign following an image of the US politician addressing employees from a giant tub of ice cream.
"Very Fake News"
Donald Trump Jr had tweeted a photo of himself donning a green T-shirt featuring the words "Very Fake News", captioned: "I'm going to have to buy 5-10,000 of these to pass around to our buddies in the #MSM [mainstream media]. In the meantime, I'll model it for them."
The rise of left-wing, anti-Trump fake news
- 15 April 2017
Since the US election presidential race, fact checking websites report what seems like an increase in anti-Trump, 'liberal fake news'.
Easter pop star 'Egg Sheeran' a hit
- 14 April 2017
Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appears to have some competition on his hands, by none other than his alter egg-o "Egg Sheeran".
The chart-topper has become a favourite in both school and workplace Easter-egg decorating competitions.