Hillary Clinton Goes Between Two Ferns & Trump Jr. Creates A Skittles Snafu

Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 158

BL and David discuss the Trump Jr. Skittles controversy; North Korea’s paltry Internet; the NatWest scam; Apple’s nerdy professor emoji; hacking Teslas; a celebrity Get Out The Vote campaign video; Hillary Clinton on Between Two Ferns; Starbucks Upstanders campaign; stadium designs and the NFL TV experience; a social newsgathering coalition; the return of the naked Trump statues; Google Street View respects cow privacy; NASA’s live streaming press conference; Facebook Live comes to the desktop; vintage photos animated, and much, much more.

Worst Digital Cases

Donald Trump Jr. Compares Skittles to Syrian Refugees

The immediate statement from Wrigley, maker of Skittles, said ““Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy.We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”

North Korean Websites…Revealed!!!

North Korea has a grand total of 28 websites. Twenty eight.

Criminals targeted UK NatWest Customers With Fake Help Account- Twice

A week after a first scam NatWest Help account was taken down by Twitter, another one arose. It cleverly asked customers to visit a spoofed site in order to verify their account.They were told their password was incorrect and asked to create a new one.


Apple’s Nutty Professor Emoji

With the iOS 10 update, when a user is texting and types in “professor,” the software suggests the “nerd face” emoji, a yellow smiley face with buck teeth and black wide-frame glasses, reports the Chronicle Of Higher Education.

Professor Nerd Emoji Screenshot

Image courtesy Chronicle of Higher Education


A team of researchers from Keen Security Lab – a part of Chinese internet giant Tencent – demonstrated in a video how it had managed to remotely hack a Tesla Model S, reports The Next Web.

Best Digital Cases

SaveTheDay.Vote campaign – Make Mark Ruffalo do a nude scene in his next movie

Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, and other celebrities urge you to vote in this very funny self-parodying video

Hillary Clinton On Between Two Ferns

Zach Galifianakis interviews Hillary Clinton. Questions included:

  • Are you excited to be the first girl president?
  • As secretary, how many words per minute could you type?
  • When you see how well it works for Donald Trump, do you ever think: Oh, maybe I should be more racist?

Starbucks Upstanders Campaign – inspiring ordinary people to do extraordinary things

Starbucks produces first original series of content utilizing multi-platform distribution channels, shares real stories of humanity as told through written, video and podcast form as a reminder that ordinary citizens can create extraordinary impact by refusing to be bystanders

Vikings Stadium Designed For TV

Television was a major consideration when designing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, from visual for broadcast crews to capture into and out of commercial breaks, to specialty cameras set up in the rafters and within the pylons at the end zone.

Naked Trump statues are back, now gazing at motorists near the Holland Tunnel

“Unlike the first five, these two are set to run until the election in November at which time they will be returned to INDECLINE and put up for auction,” an INDECLINE statement notes.

Bovine Privacy

When a Street View photo of a British cow with its face blurred out went viral, Google had a priceless response.


Facebook and Twitter join Google and others in coalition to improve social media newsgathering

The goal is of the coalition is improving reporting from social media and tackling fake news. In addition to Facebook and Twitter, Channel 4 News, Telegraph, New York Times, Washington Post and BuzzFeed have also signed up to network organized through Google-backed First Draft News

Facebook Live Video Now Available On Desktop

Facebook’s live video is no longer a mobile-only feature; it is being rolled out to desktop users, but only individuals. Facebook Pages will apparently have to wait.

Vintage Photos Animated

Russian animator Alexey Zakharov has created a stunning animated short featuring vintage still photography to which he applied a camera projection technique to bring them to life.

Shiny New Stuff

Watch Video Faster

Efficiency is everything tells you how to watch YouTube and Netflix videos faster.

The Daily Numbers

American's Trust In Mass Media


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