Social Media

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After years of treating President Donald Trump's inflammatory rhetoric with a light touch, Facebook and Instagram are silencing his social media accounts for the rest of his presidency. The move, which many called justified following Wednesday's insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, is also a reminder of the enormous power that social-media platforms can exercise when they choose.

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Covid-19 quarantine measures have sparked a massive migration online and for many people it's a vast and unfamiliar world. According to the Pew Research Center, researchers are concerned about issues from digital democracy to online dating. In Hawai'i, online issues and activity are keeping pace with the nation.

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Social media and smart phones are important tools for many military families to stay in touch — especially during this holiday season. But that has changed for service members in at least one country in the Indo Asia Pacific.

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Top state leaders are denouncing threatening social media posts directed at Hawaii law enforcement officers involved in the standoff over the Thirty Meter Telescope. Organizers of the anti-TMT demonstration also condemned the language. 

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Parts of the state are still recovering from Hurricane Lane, which is now a tropical storm. Hawai‘i residents spent several days holed up in their homes anticipating the hurricane’s arrival. As HPR’s Ku‘uwehi Hiraishi reports, some residents found a creative way to wait out the storm.

Crime and Social Media Vigilantism

Dec 20, 2017
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An emotional appeal to find suspects in the recent murder case of a North Shore woman led to two arrests thanks to social media posts. But can online calls to action go too far?

The Conversation: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Dec 20, 2017
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Social Media Vigilantism; Local Net Neutrality; Fake News and Mainstream Media

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Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google are meeting with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees on Wednesday to discuss Russia's use of their platforms to spread disinformation. The panels are investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Bliss Lau/Jasmine Takanikos

Today, everyone who uses social media is, in effect, creating an image and a brand; activities that used to be the domain of advertising agencies.  As new media platforms evolve, the old advertising models are falling away, reflecting personal and societal changes both in habits and attitudes. 

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    If the combination of new media and ancient thought appeals to you, you may be interested in a new job opportunity. One of China’s oldest Buddhist temples is looking for a social media director. HPR’s Bill Dorman has the details in today’s Asia Minute.