Business Insider: Russian influencers and bloggers say they were offered as much as $100,000 to support Putin’s bid to extend his term to 2036

Business Insider: Russian influencers and bloggers say they were offered as much as $100,000 to support Putin’s bid to extend his term to 2036. “Russian influencers claim they were offered as much as $100,000 to write posts calling on fellow citizens to vote in the country’s national referendum, which could see President Vladimir Putin’s grip on power tighten for more than a decade.”

Wired: A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats

Wired: A New Card Ties Your Credit to Your Social Media Stats. “SPENCER DONNELLY, WHO goes by TheRussianBadger on YouTube, has cultivated an audience of nearly 2.7 million subscribers for his gaming videos. For years, business has been rosy. YouTube shares a percentage of the ad revenue on each of his videos, and the money is good enough that playing video games on camera has become a full-time job. A few years ago, he even incorporated The Russian Badger, legitimizing his YouTubing business. The only problem: no bank would give him a serious credit card.”

Business Insider: Kiddie pools are the new Instagram status symbol and are being resold on eBay for over 300% their original value

Business Insider: Kiddie pools are the new Instagram status symbol and are being resold on eBay for over 300% their original value. “Unfortunately, it may be slim pickings for those just starting to look for an inflatable pool for the summer. Amazon’s selection is limited. Many of Walmart’s options are sold out or nearly sold out. Home Depot is completely out of stock of all its aboveground pools. eBay, however, has become home to a flourishing resale market for aboveground pools.”

Mother Jones: The Gas Industry Is Paying Instagram Influencers to Gush Over Gas Stoves

Mother Jones: The Gas Industry Is Paying Instagram Influencers to Gush Over Gas Stoves. “The gas cooking Insta–trend is no accident. It’s the result of a carefully orchestrated campaign dreamed up by marketers for representatives with the American Gas Association and American Public Gas Association, two trade groups that draw their funding from a mix of investor- and publicly owned utilities. Since at least 2018, social media and wellness personalities have been hired to post more than 100 posts extolling the virtues of their stoves in sponsored posts. Documents from the fossil fuel watchdog Climate Investigations Center show that another trade group, the American Public Gas Association, intends to spend another $300,000 on its millennial-centric ‘Natural Gas Genius’ campaign in 2020.”

Albawaba Business: UAE Inaugurates Academy For Social Media Influencers

Albawaba Business: UAE Inaugurates Academy For Social Media Influencers. “UAE social media influencers have welcomed the launch of New Media Academy stressing that it will help build a new generation of professionals equipped with digital media skills and content creation capabilities.”

BuzzFeed News: These Controversial Loop Giveaways On Instagram Have Some Things In Common With MLMs

BuzzFeed News: These Controversial Loop Giveaways On Instagram Have Some Things In Common With MLMs. “A group of influencers announced they were hosting a loop giveaway for a car, sparking immediate backlash and a ton of questions. I reached out to Instagram, and a spokesperson told me these types of giveaways are against its policy and that the company was investigating. You can read about it here or on my Instagram, where I detailed my reporting. As I reported this out, I got messages from a few people who said these giveaways reminded them of MLMs, or multilevel marketing companies. I think this is a rather apt comparison for a few key reasons.” I had no idea what a “loop giveaway” is. Thanks to this article I am better informed.

Egypt: Female social media influencers under attack (North Africa Journal)

North Africa Journal: Egypt: Female social media influencers under attack. “Young Egyptian women with thousands of followers each on the popular TikTok app have become the latest target of state authorities who accuse them of spreading ‘immorality’ in society. Since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in 2014, hundreds of journalists, activists, lawyers and intellectuals have been arrested and many websites blocked in the name of state security. But in recent months a popular group of female social media ‘influencers’ has also drawn the ire of the government, and several have been arrested in a crackdown cheered by many in the deeply conservative country. “

ABC 15 Arizona: Online influencer Jake Paul charged after Scottsdale looting

ABC 15 Arizona: Online influencer Jake Paul charged after Scottsdale looting. “Social media influencer and YouTuber Jake Paul has been charged by police in Scottsdale after allegedly participating in weekend looting and riots. Police said Thursday that 23-year-old Jake Joseph Paul was identified as being present among hundreds of tips and videos sent to officials. He reportedly unlawfully entered and remained inside Scottsdale Fashion Square mall when it was closed.”

BuzzFeed News: The J.Crew Bankruptcy Has Exposed A Hard Truth About The Influencer Economy

BuzzFeed News: The J.Crew Bankruptcy Has Exposed A Hard Truth About The Influencer Economy. “The news this week that the parent company of beloved preppy brand J.Crew and its hip millennial sister, Madewell, had filed for bankruptcy led to an outpouring of sadness from fans across social media. It also led to a stark revelation about the influencer economy being exposed in a way I haven’t quite seen before.”

The Star: FOMO is dead, and social media influencers are sputtering

The Star: FOMO is dead, and social media influencers are sputtering. “COVID-19 has turned a lot of brick-and-mortar businesses upside down, but it’s upending virtual occupations, too. Suddenly social media influencers — i.e. professional jet-setters who, pre-COVID, chronicled their lives from tropical beaches and elite parties — have nothing to do but sit around at home and wait out the plague like the rest of us.”

MIT Technology Review: Doctors are now social media influencers. They aren’t all ready for it.

MIT Technology Review: Doctors are now social media influencers. They aren’t all ready for it.. “While doctors made famous by TV have had to apologize for downplaying the virus and suggesting that losing some lives was an acceptable cost for re-opening schools, some of the new doctor-influencers are positioning themselves differently. At their best, this wave of doctor-influencers can combat misinformation by making responsible medicine sound almost as exciting as the scores of medical conspiracy theories, exaggerated claims, and snake oil promises that spread rapidly online.”

Vice: Coronavirus Killed the Influencer Market – Maybe for Good

Vice: Coronavirus Killed the Influencer Market – Maybe for Good. “Both brands and influencers are at high risk of looking crass in the current climate. There has been a significant backlash against influencers (see: Arielle Charnas) producing content about coronavirus. A scroll through any influencer’s feed will show them attempting to grapple with the fact they can’t go out to make content and that some of their followers might be sick or be key workers who put themselves at risk of infection every day. Some post emotional essay-length captions about how we have to stay inside. Others who choose to continue as usual now get questioned by their own followers over whether they should be selling frivolous items.”

YourTango: 4 Social Media Influencers Disobeying Stay At Home Orders During Coronavirus Pandemic — And Getting Dragged For It

YourTango: 4 Social Media Influencers Disobeying Stay At Home Orders During Coronavirus Pandemic — And Getting Dragged For It. “But even though staying home is obviously the easiest (and most effective) way of slowing the spread of coronavirus, certain influencers are behaving as if the rules don’t apply to them. Here are a fwe social media influencers disobeying stay at home orders so far as the coronavirus pandemic continues to sweep the United States — and what’s most disturbing is that these people influence other people; hence: influencers. Don’t take heed, others!”

The Guardian: Finland enlists social influencers in fight against Covid-19

The Guardian: Finland enlists social influencers in fight against Covid-19. “Finland has enlisted social influencers in the government’s efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that they are just as useful as mainstream media in a crisis when it needs to inform the population fast, clearly and accurately.”

DMARGE: Influencers Face Criticism For ‘Blogging As Usual’ During Bali Shutdown

DMARGE: Influencers Face Criticism For ‘Blogging As Usual’ During Bali Shutdown. “Indonesia has so far recorded just 790 positive cases of Covid-19 across a nation of more than 270 million, and 58 deaths. However, ‘For the past few days, the number of positive cases has increased by about 100 each day.’ ‘Many health care professionals fear Indonesia is on the brink of a crisis and that the true number of cases and deaths is much higher.’ In other words: for now, stay inside. This is exactly what couple Marie Fe and Jake Snow, who make a living blogging the world, are doing.”