Fan Yang is a PhD candidate at Deakin University researching news production on WeChat Official Accounts based in Australia. Fan talks about how the “African gang” narrative played out on Chinese social media; what WeChat’s news cycle can teach us about the business of journalism; and how techno-orientalism fuels reporting on Chinese apps.
We also catch up on more non-Facebook related news as Google’s AI team continues to unravel, and Amazon workers are increasingly unionizing under unfair and unsafe COVID conditions.
Follow Fan Yang on Twitter @fanyaang and read her Nieman Labs piece on TheWeChat model: How Facebook’s Australian ban could change the business of news
Stuff we dig:
The time when Twitter solved the trolley problem once and for all: