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Young Russian Bloggers Turn Away from Putin

‘You Know Your Audience’: Russia’s Internet Stars Turn Away From Putin

By Anton Troianovski

MOSCOW — Ksenia Hoffman, a Russian video blogger, says another blogger passed along an offer back in March: Was she interested in putting up an Instagram post mentioning the coming referendum on President Vladimir V. Putin’s amendments to the Constitution?

“They’ll pay well for it,” she recalls the blogger saying.

Ms. Hoffman, 22, says she turned down the offer. The appearance of carrying the Kremlin’s message, she said, increasingly risks staining an internet influencer’s image. And that has “serious consequences for ad sales.”

“The public mood has really changed,” said Ms. Hoffman, who has 800,000 followers on YouTube.

Among the constitutional amendments in the vote is one that lays a legal foundation for Mr. Putin to stay in office until 2036. The Kremlin looks assured of victory in the referendum, which ends Wednesday, but its desperate-looking scramble in recent weeks imploring Russians to vote lays bare a more fundamental challenge: For many people, Mr. Putin has lost his aura as the unshakable and irreplaceable leader of his nation.

Teens Next TikTok Campaign Against Trump

https://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/49639/1/k-pop-stans-and-teens-on-tiktok-are-trolling-trump-again

K-pop stans and teens on TikTok are trolling Trump again

 

First they emptied out his Tulsa re-election campaign rally, and now teens on TikTok are coming for Donald Trump’s social media accounts. Users on the video sharing app are planning to mass report – where multiple people report at once – the president’s Twitter and Instagram accounts tomorrow (June 27) in an attempt to get him blocked from the platforms.

Teen uses TikTok to help Uyghurs

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Nov 27, 2019 · 4 min read

https://medium.com/adinkra/suspension-wont-silence-me-teen-speaks-out-after-embedding-message-about-xinjiang-uyghurs-in-f970e26f7d43

By Hong Kong Free Press

A teenager who spoke out about the plight of Uyghurs in Xinjiang has challenged the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok over its decision to block her from posting new content.

Feroza Aziz, 17, made headlines earlier this week after posting videos detailing the treatment of Uyghurs by the Chinese authorities. She sought to sneak through TikTok’s content moderation system by disguising the clips as “makeup tutorials.”