Friday, June 1, 2018

Social Media Controversies Came in Hot after the Holiday Weekend

After a relaxing Memorial Day Weekend, social media news came in hot on Tuesday. From a reality TV star paying a visit to the White House to Facebook being far from cool, social media was in full swing.
  • Watch what you Tweet… The hit sitcom “Roseanne” returned to screens in March after being
    off-air for two-decades. However, the reboot was abruptly cancelled this week by ABC due to a
    racist tweet from Roseanne Barr about Valerie Jarrett, an African-American woman who was a senior adviser to Barack Obama. Barr has apologized, but it was too late and has since stated that her tweet was a mistake due to Ambien.
  • Is Facebook Losing its Cool? Facebook is rapidly losing teens ages 13 to 17 to other internet and social media platforms. In 2014 Facebook was leading other social networks, with 71 percent of teens using the platform, but now teen users have fallen to 51 percent. Instead, their eyes are now glued to YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat.
  • And the Final Rose Goes to…  Season 14 of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” started on Monday and already there is controversy around suitor Garret Yrigoyen, who caught bachelorette Becca Kufrin’s eye on the first night. After he was given the first impression rose, Twitter began circulating screenshots of Yrigoyen’s Instagram account, where he had liked offensive posts, including memes mocking the Parkland shooting, undocumented immigrants, and trans and genderqueer children. Since the show was shot prior to these findings, it will be interesting to see how ABC and Kufrin handle the situation.
  • Kim Kardashian Breaks into Politics: Kim Kardashian West stopped by the White House to talk prison reform with President Trump in support of Alice Johnson, a 62-year-old woman sentenced to life for a nonviolent drug offense. Though she doesn’t have any personal experiences with prison, Kardashian West believes that this is an important topic and thought her meeting would help will keep the conversation going.

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