‘Corbyn smears’: the last-minute debate on Twitter

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright The Sun/Twitter On the final full day of campaigning, a debate over coverage of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was the biggest single topic of conversation on UK Twitter. The hashtag “Last Minute Corbyn Smears” was at the top of Twitter’s UK trends list, with more than 60,000 messages posted in a matter of [...]

Russian billionaire awards iPhones for mocking memes

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Alisher Usmanov/Alexei Navalny Image caption Alisher Usmanov (l) and Alexei Navalny (r) have been involved in public row conducted largely through the medium of video Russian billionaire – and Arsenal football club shareholder – Alisher Usmanov has offered free iPhones to anyone who creates the best memes against opposition activist Alexei Navalny. Mr [...]

The 81-year-old bin-woman with a PhD

Warren Fyfe

An 81-year-old who set up an all-woman rubbish collection team in her village in Lebanon now has a stream of visitors asking how she did it. For nine months in 2015 and 2016 rubbish piled up on the streets of the capital, Beirut, and even now a lack of landfill sites means some of the [...]