Before the third and final presidential debate, Donald Trump went live on Facebook in what may have been the first dry run of Trump TV. The broadcast was watched by nearly 9 million people as of this writing and came together, in part, thanks to help from Facebook.
In the minutes before the third and final Presidential debate, Donald Trump went live on Facebook in what may have been the inaugural broadcast of a forthcoming Trump News Network. A little after 8:30 P.M., Trump's official Facebook page posted the link to the live video, offering up an alternative to the mainstream broadcast.
Harassment and abuse on Twitter is rampant. In recent years, the platform has become a primary destination for trolls and hate groups. And as the election season reaches its final stretch, the social network can feel increasingly toxic to women and minority groups.
On March 9, 2016, Mitt Romney was sitting on one of Jimmy Kimmel's purple crushed-velvet chairs just trying to be a good sport. "This one's from a Trump supporter," Kimmel said as Romney accepted a stack of note cards full of PG-13 tweets calling the former Republican presidential nominee a loser.
According to a report from the American Civil Liberties Union, law enforcement officials across the country used special feeds of raw data, including location information, from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to track and monitor racial protests. The ACLU claims the social data used by law enforcement was provided by Geofeedia, a social media monitoring company that provides information to hundreds of local police departments.
"Kathleen" is an outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter. Last Tuesday she took to Twitter to criticize the Trump campaign's Skittles refugee poster, calling it a "disgusting ad." Shortly after, @leslymill - who goes by the name Adorable Deplorable - replied, "i LOVE THE AD. Describes the complexity of the "PROBLEM perfectly."
That Twitter is plagued by harassment is a truism. Innumerable blog posts and stories have been written about the company's endless struggle against hate speech and the trolls who propagate it. Yet Twitter's reporting process for such behavior remains opaque, and countless people who've been targeted by it say reports they filed with Twitter were ignored or dismissed because they didn't meet the company's standards for harassment.
The first time Priyanka Singh suffered the wrath of Twitter's brutish underbelly, she cried herself to sleep. A 27-year-old from Delhi working in education publishing, Singh is also an atheist and an outspoken critic of India's casteism and rape culture - a choice she pays dearly for in her Twitter mentions.
Facebook is lousy with opportunities for embarrassment. An offhanded political remark that silently - and completely unbeknownst to you - escalates tensions with an opinionated family member and preemptively ruins an upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. A glory-days photograph commemorating an regrettable decision to stay out well past last call.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".