Wired: The Influencer Election Is Here

Wired: The Influencer Election Is Here. “Last week, the Daily Beast reported that former New York City mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign had paid social media influencers ‘to make him seem cool.’ Embarrassing! But the candidate’s campaign didn’t stop its quest for online engagement there.”

TechCrunch: Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure

TechCrunch: Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure. “Instagram is changing its advertising rules to require political campaigns’ sponsored posts from influencers to use its Branded Content Ads tool that puts a disclosure label of ‘Paid Partnership With’ on posts. The change comes after the Bloomberg presidential campaign paid meme makers to post screenshots that showed him asking them to make him look cool.”

Bustle: How To Make Memes For Instagram When Captions Just Won’t Cut It

Bustle: How To Make Memes For Instagram When Captions Just Won’t Cut It. “You’re not the only one who thinks memes are cool — even researchers have pointed out the impressive amount of knowledge it requires to come up with a relevant one. Think about it: How awesome is it that you can just look at an image and its vaguely worded-text and know the exact message that someone across the world is trying to convey? I’d say pretty impressive, especially considering the fact you can use them to get your own message out too.”

‘OK Boomer’: From TikTok meme to the US Supreme Court (BBC)

BBC: ‘OK Boomer’: From TikTok meme to the US Supreme Court. “You might have seen it as a meme on Twitter or TikTok but now it has made its way to the US Supreme Court. The catchphrase ‘OK Boomer’ went viral last year as a tongue-in-cheek dig by young people at older generations. In the highest US court, it was heard as part of a case about age discrimination.”

Lifehacker: How to Find The Best ‘Which ____ Are You’ Instagram Filters

Lifehacker: How to Find The Best ‘Which ____ Are You’ Instagram Filters “I’ve done the annoying work of tracking down some of the more popular Instagram filters to give you an easier way to create your own fun stories. To get to each filter, tap on the link to its creator on your mobile app, and then tap on the smiley face icon in the dead-center of their profile.”

Reclaim the Net: Instagram’s meme fact checkers have themselves become a meme

Reclaim the Net: Instagram’s meme fact checkers have themselves become a meme. “It hasn’t even been two weeks since Facebook’s Instagram expanded its ‘fact-checking’ policy by introducing a new tool of content moderation and censorship. But the tool is working so poorly, especially when trying to assess ‘factual truthfulness’ of content like memes, which rely on comedy – that some of the 45 third-party ‘fact-checkers’ hired by Instagram, like Africa Check, are already being memefied themselves.”