Bloomberg releases fake Twitter video of debate slam dunk
Democratic Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg debate performance on February 20 was considered a loss; however, the next morning Bloomberg took to Twitter and other social media platforms to post an edited video that made his performance look exceptional compared to other candidates.
Now, Bloomberg is receiving backlash for being guilty of producing disinformation from his personal account. While political campaigns often post content in order to make their candidate look better than perceived, Bloomberg’s video is a big deal because of the current political climate surrounding disinformation, the 2020 election, foreign influencers and President Trump’s own “fake news” claims.
Bloomberg’s campaign press secretary Galia Slayen said the video was not supposed to be perceived as real, but rather a “tongue-in-cheek” attempt to make light of Bloomberg’s performance.
Still, the video calls into attention to social media policies regarding disinformation. Read more about Twitter’s policies and Facebook’s policies to understand why Bloomberg is under scrutiny.
Scholastic Journalism Week 2020: Big Questions, Big Results
The 2020 theme for Scholastic Journalism Week is, “Big Questions, Big Results.” Each day this past week has included a themed hashtag to get school journalism students to think about how the theme applies to their experience as a student journalist.
The themes are listed below:
Monday, Feb. 24: #Askedandanswered — Highlight stories with impact.
Tuesday, Feb. 25: #Tacklingtruth — Tackling tough and controversial issues, maybe even including some lessons about fact-checking.
Wednesday, Feb. 26: #OurNeighborhood — Highlight community and everyday journalism, stories that are important but maybe don’t get a lot of recognition.
Thursday, Feb. 27: #Press4Education — Highlight importance of scholastic journalism with the Society of Professional Journalists.
Friday, Feb. 28: #WhoweAre — Show the students and faces behind scholastic journalism and why students chose to participate in scholastic journalism.
Schools across the nation tweeted out how they were celebrating each theme in their community. Some focused on the community of students within their high school, while others focused on community outreach and service. The hashtags give students the opportunity to interact directly with the Journalism Education Association (JEA); the posts also provide students with the opportunity to gain ideas from other schools across the country and how they celebrate their roles as student journalists.
TV reporter goes live with Facebook Mystery Mask filter on accident
Facebook users were entertained on Feb. 20 when North Carolina journalist Justin Hinton went live with a report and accidentally had the Mystery Mask filter activated. Hinton is a reporter for WLOS ABC 13, who released the blooper on their page for everyone to enjoy as a lighthearted reminder that journalists are human and make mistakes, even if it’s as silly as turning on a Facebook Live mask.
Hinton was trying to put on a serious report about the weather in North Carolina, in this case the snow, but viewers were looking at anything but the flakes falling around him. Instead, they were watching as Hinton’s switched from lifting weights and embodying a wizard to adopting googly eyes and a purple mustache. The best part of the video? When Hinton goes off camera, asking his coworker, “Wait, Misty, did I have a weird face?”
Jif puts an end to the debate of how to pronounce GIF
Evers since GIFs were invented in 1987 by American computer scientist Steve Wilhite, the argument for how to pronounce it has been sustained. Despite Wilhite going on the record in his acceptance of a Webby Award in 2013, the debate over how to pronounce still ran rampant on social media. GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format for those of you that aren’t computer savants.
The peanut butter brand Jif is here to finally put an end to the confusion and debate in their partnership with GIPHY, a GIF search engine. The limited edition peanut butter jars are available on Amazon for $10, pretty much double the price for a traditional Jif jar. We’ll see how well this partnership works in the #JIFvsGIF debate on social media, as March 1 is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
It’s another partnership geared to utilize the power of the Internet to drive sales and marketing with the viral nature of social media. Jif and GIPHY aren’t the first to tap into this, as Platners killed off their mascot Mr. Peanut in a car accident and birthed Baby Nut, leading to anarchy on Twitter. Read more about Jif, GIF and others here.