Coordinated anti-Trump campaign emerges on Instagram – study

Don Jr accuses Instagram of Anti-Trump conspiracy, campaign//Crimson Tazvinzwa

ROME (Reuters) – Accounts tagged ‘hatetrump’ and ‘ihatetrump’ are part of a coordinated campaign to undermine U.S. President Donald Trump that has emerged on social media site Instagram, an independent study has revealed.

The photo-sharing app Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it was investigating the report and had already removed some of the profiles it highlighted.

Malign online attacks against Trump’s opponents have been well documented, most notably in the 2016 presidential election campaign, when Russian trolls allegedly flooded social media sites to undermine the Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton.

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Google Huawei ban: Phone maker ‘blocked from using apps such as Gmail and Maps on its phones’//Bonnie Christian,Evening Standard

Phone maker blocked from using apps such as Gmail and Maps on its phones

Google has blocked Chinese communications company Huawei from using apps such as Maps and Gmail on its phones, it has been reported.

Huawei is one of a number of phone manufacturers who use the Google-developed Android operating systems on its phones and tablets.

The Verge has reported that Google has cut off Huawei’s licence – meaning it will no longer be able to use apps like Maps and Gmail and will not have access to security updates.

Eurovision warned British Queen of Pop Madonna to keep politics out of her performance

Madonna has sparked controversy with her Eurovision Song Contest performance after her backing dancers displayed Iraeli and Palestinian flags was not an approved part of the act, organisers said.

The pop star, 60, defied calls from pro-Palestinian activists to cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, saying beforehand she wanted to create “a new path toward peace”.

During her performance at the final, Madonna’s backing dancers were seen wearing Israel and Palestine flags on their backs.

Eurovision has now confirmed they were not an approved part of the show and Madonna has “been made aware” the event is supposed to be “non-political”.

Eurovision said: “In the live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final, two of Madonna’s dancers briefly displayed the Israeli and Palestinian flags on the back of their outfits.

White House creates tool for people to report alleged social media bias

Trump seeks tales of social media bias – and your phone number//Jon Allsop,CJR

President Donald Trump has long railed against social media sites for what he says is their politically biased censoring of conservative voices, and now he’s looking for proof.

The White House on Wednesday released a tool that invites people who’ve been censored on social media and who suspect political bias as the cause to “share your story with President Trump.”