In the closest he ever gets to a mea culpa, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he would hand over roughly 3,000 political ads placed from Russia to US officials investigating the country’s influence on the 2016 presidential election. In a video memo, Zuckerberg effectively owned up to his social network’s power to facilitate clandestine tinkering in our democratic systems. “I wish I could tell you we’re going to be able to stop all interference, but that just wouldn't’t be realistic,” he said.
Today is not a good day for the Murdoch family. Shadow Culture Secretary Karen Bradley’s decision to refer 21st Century Fox’s £11.7bn bid for the 61% of Sky it does not already own adds both uncertainty and cost to a deal that many thought would sail through. For a start, it means that even if Fox - run by Rupert Murdoch's son James - eventually gets the all-clear it will have to pay the extra 10p per share it promised Sky shareholders back in December if the deal is not closed within a year.
News the Washington Post has been bought by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million, hot on the heels of the New York Times Company's decision to sell the Boston Globe to Liverpool Football club owner John Henry for just $70 million, has caused quite a stir. There's been much hand-wringing about what the deals will mean for the editorial integrity of the titles.
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
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
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".