CBS News: China discreetly paid for U.S. social media influencers to tout Beijing Winter Olympics

CBS News: China discreetly paid for U.S. social media influencers to tout Beijing Winter Olympics. “The social media posts fanned across a variety of popular Instagram and TikTok accounts that have a combined following of 5 million people who follow their videos, photos and content about travel destinations, sports, fashion and women’s issues. The Chinese Consulate in New York paid $300,000 to New Jersey-based firm Vippi Media to recruit the influencers. The posts were not properly labeled as ads in the way that TikTok and Instagram requires.”

COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare (San Francisco Chronicle)

San Francisco Chronicle: COVID, scandal, heartbreak: Vincent Zhou tries to move past Olympic nightmare. “Vincent Zhou gets another chance next week. It’s not the Olympics. But the skater from Palo Alto whose Beijing Olympics were derailed by a positive coronavirus test will compete in the World Figure Skating Championships, which begin Monday in Montpellier, France.”

The Next Web: How robots and remote-editing helped photograph the 2022 Winter Olympics

The Next Web: How robots and remote-editing helped photograph the 2022 Winter Olympics. “The Games took place in a ‘closed-loop’ environment comprised of gated ‘bubble areas’ that contained housing, event locations, and transport links. There were also no tickets sold to the general public, while many media professionals worked from home due to COVID concerns. The conditions left Getty Images, the official photo agency for the International Olympic Committee, with reduced support teams on the ground. To tackle the challenges, the team tapped into robotic cameras and remote editing.”

Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid (BBC)

BBC: Winter Olympics: Andrew Young on cross-country sprint effort after Covid. “Three weeks after catching Covid-19 and suffering ‘quite badly’, Andrew Young is just pleased he managed to make it to the Olympic start line. Beijing 2022 is the 29-year-old cross-country skier’s fourth Olympics, and he was coming into the Games feeling in the best shape of his life, with a medal his target.”

Winter Olympics 2022: China eases Covid testing rules amid rise in cases (BBC)

BBC: Winter Olympics 2022: China eases Covid testing rules amid rise in cases. “The new change makes it easier for participants arriving at the Games to be considered virus-free. Of more than 3,000 Olympic arrivals, 106 have tested positive for the virus since 4 January. Outside of the tournament’s closed-off premises, Beijing locals are facing harsher restrictions and new lockdowns.”

My2022: Beijing Olympics app vulnerable to data breaches, analysts warn (BBC)

BBC: My2022: Beijing Olympics app vulnerable to data breaches, analysts warn. “The Beijing Winter Olympics app that all Games attendees must use contains security weaknesses that leave users exposed to data breaches, analysts warn. The My2022 app will be used by athletes, audience members and media for daily Covid monitoring. The app will also offer voice chats, file transfers and Olympic news.”

SwimSwam: Research Shows No Covid-19 Spread Between Tokyo Athletes, Local Residents

SwimSwam: Research Shows No Covid-19 Spread Between Tokyo Athletes, Local Residents. “The Japanese Government released a study that confirmed there was no spread of COVID-19 between Tokyo athletes and the local population. Genomic sequencing research confirms that positive cases among athletes and Japanese residents were unrelated. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) cited this data to highlight the success of the coronavirus countermeasures that were implemented.”

Open Secrets: Chinese government deploying online influencers amid Beijing Olympics boycotts

Open Secrets: Chinese government deploying online influencers amid Beijing Olympics boycotts . “The Chinese government hired a firm to recruit social media influencers as part of a new digital operation amid controversies surrounding diplomatic boycotts of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, OpenSecrets’ review of Foreign Agents Registration Act Records found.”

USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine (Associated Press)

Associated Press: USOPC: American hopefuls for Beijing Games must have vaccine. “U.S. athletes trying to make the Winter Olympics will have to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 under a groundbreaking new policy announced Wednesday by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press that, starting Nov. 1, the USOPC will require staff, athletes and others utilizing training centers and other USOPC facilities to be vaccinated.”