VIDEO: Aziz back in studio talking Social Media, 25th May 2017


Every Thursday between 11:30am and Midday, Mark Sainsbury is joined in studio by Aziz Al-Saafin from The AM Show to talk the latest on Social Media.

Top trends today: #BillEnglish (ahead of the Budget), #Facebook, #DrLanceOSullivan, #DocEdgeFest, and Manchester-related hashtags #Manchester, #RoomForManchester and #PrayForManchester.

NOTES FROM AZIZ - 25th May 2017

#BILLENGLISH - Prime Minister Bill English can't decide which pie to take Steven Joyce on Budget Day

FACEBOOK POST: I have a tradition of celebrating Budget Day with a pie, so I thought I’d introduce new Finance Minister Steven Joyce to it. Which type of pie should I take him tomorrow to mark his first Budget?

- Look out, Bill's at it again… THIS TIME… He’s taken to Facebook to ask Kiwis to decide which pie his finance minister should eat ahead of his most important speech of the year.

- The man has clearly been working on his social media game.

- (2017 the first year in almost a decade that English won't deliver the budget speech… his yearly tradition was to celebrate budget day with a classic kiwi lunch - a hot pie).

- Users were asked to react with a 'heart' emoji for a mince and cheese pie, react with a 'laughing' emoji for a steak and cheese pie, or react with a 'surprised' emoji for a potato top pie

- His favourite kind pie is steak and cheese, which was the clear favourite at the time of writing.

#Facebook - What Kiwis are talking about pre-budget

Facebook has released insights on what topics Kiwis liked, commented on and shared the most on the platform in the four weeks leading up to Budget 2017.

-  Overall, 410,000 people interacted with New Zealand 2017 Budget-related topics on Facebook, generating over 2 million interactions (this includes original posts, likes, comments and shares).

- The majority (35%) touched — perhaps unsurprisingly — on Budget-related topics such as taxation, government debt, spending and revenue, the Treasury, and Finance Minister Steven Joyce.

- The Economy is generally a massive talking point and housin (includes prices, foreign buyers, homelessness).

- This was closely followed by social development topics — which includes mentions of child welfare, unemployment and child poverty — generating 26% of mentions.

- Topics related to politics and government are often among the most-engaged on by the 2.9M people regularly active on Facebook in New Zealand.

Comparing Politicians Facebook Pages by Interactions vs Interaction Rate

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is currently attracting the highest total number of interactions (ie. likes, comments and shares), with Prime Minister Bill English generating the second highest volume of interactions and Labour leader Andrew Little third.

-  Top Five Politicians Facebook Pages by Total Interactions, 30 days prior to Budget Week

1. Winston Peters
2. Bill English
3. Andrew Little
4. Paula Bennett
5.David Seymour

Newly appointed Minister of Defence Mark Mitchell has the highest interaction rate.

Top Five Politicians Facebook Pages by Interaction Rate (interactions divided by Page likes):

1. Mark Mitchell
2. Dr Shane Reti
3.Eugene Sage
4. Parmjeet Parmer
5. Stuart Nash

#DrLanceOSullivan - Slammed the anti-vaccination movement at a screening of VAXXED

Doctor Lance O'Sullivan took to the stage at a screening of the controversial movie Vaxxedin Kaitaia on Monday evening to tell those gathered he was not there to see the film.

- "I've come here ... to continue my battle and my challenge for my people ... and importantly, for our children. "This idea of anti-immunisation has killed children around the world and actually will continue to kill children ... whose parents are put off immunisation because of misinformation - based on lies."

- Later in his speech, he said: "Your presence here will cause babies to die".

- Vaxxed was directed by discredited scientist Andrew Wakefield, whose fraudulent research linked the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism in 1998.

- JONATHAN COLEMAN: Good on Dr Lance O'Sullivan for taking a stand on the Vaxxed movie. I totally support Lance in what he's saying. Vaccination is a good thing.

- “When heroes act like heroes” – Can he be the boss on NZ and can we have posters??


The 12th Documentary Edge Film Festival brings together the finest examples of factual movie-making from around the globe.

69 films covering current issues of importance have been carefully curated to inform, engage and immerse audiences into the story worlds.  Films from Europe, Americas, Asia, Middle East, Australasia are featured with over 30 international filmmakers and guests, the largest screen contingent to ever attend a festival event in NZ.

- Nick Broomfield's Whitney Houston documentary is a portrait of a pop star whose musical artistry had the power to heal. What she couldn't heal was her divided soul.

- Whitney. ‘Can I Be Me'” is Nick Broomfield’s documentary about the life and death of Whitney Houston, and it’s the rare Nick Broomfield movie in which the filmmaker isn’t center stage. He co-directed it with Rudi Dolezal, and there isn’t a single scene in which Broomfield, with his puckish, dogged delight in stalking interview subjects, invades a room tailed by a crew member holding a boom mike, thrusting himself into the face of Bobby Brown or Clive Davis or Whitney Houston’s relatives or the maid who cleaned her hotel room the night she died.


- Two famous Kiwis, an actor and an All Black, meet by chance again years after their boarding school bullying relationship with each other.


Friends of fans known to be at the Manchester concert who were unaccounted for after the blast shared photos of them. One thread of potentially missing people was retweeted more than 38,000 times: “IF U KNOW ANYTHING LET PEOPLE KNOW.”

· After tweeting out a photo of her friend Heather at the Ariana Grande concert, Twitter user @RileyBlackery was able to learn that her friend was safe and sound following the explosion.

· Twitter user @nathanlamb26 tweet a photo of Heather to Riley to let her know Heather was safe following the incident, and that her phone had died, so she hadn’t been able to get in touch with her loved ones.

· This tweet goes to show that, no matter how much we criticize social media, it has the power to work wonders in disseminating important, pressing information out to huge numbers of people, especially in times of crisis.


Kind strangers open up their homes to those affected by Manchester Arena attack

· Local people have opened up their homes and given help to concert-goers affected by a suspected terror attack at Manchester Arena. They have been using the hashtag #RoomForManchester to offer help to distraught people after their night of music ended in tragedy.

· Taxi drivers have also been offering people free taxi rides, and people are already arranging to give blood at donor banks later today to help those injured.

· The city's mayor, former Labour MP Andy Burnham, tweeted: "If you are stranded in the area you can... follow #RoomForManchester where hotels and local people of our great city are offering refuge."


It affected young women and girls more than any other social group.

· The 23-year-old Grande, true to her youthful fan base, is a social media phenomenon with 105 million Instagram followers and 45.6 million Twitter followers.                

· Her fans, proud "Arianators," were among those who took to Twitter with prayers and tears.


Facebook has come a long way since its days of connecting college students to those in other dorms. More than a decade and a billion users later, the social network has become a powerful hub of content, but with that power comes great responsibility. And those who must bear the brunt of that responsibility are tasked with the rather onerous duty of evaluating potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” — more than 50,000 times a month.

· Per a leaked document first obtained by The Guardian, the social media platform ultimately disabled more than 14,000 accounts as a result of sexual abuse, with 33 of the cases involving children. While these may seem like gargantuan numbers, they could represent just the tip of the iceberg. The Guardian reports that because abusive content must be reported (and is not proactively sought out), the true extent of abuse on the platform could be far larger than even Facebook realizes.

· Not only is scale an issue but in some sense, scope presents a problem as well. Moderators often have trouble following Facebook’s complex and sometimes ambiguous policies, with a source telling The Guardian, “Sexual policy is the one where moderators make most mistakes It is very complex.” But Facebook says that it is actively working to improve these processes. “We constantly review and improve our policies,” said Monika Bickert, ‎ head of global policy management at Facebook. “These are complex areas but we are determined to get it right.”

· Facebook has come under fire in recent months for how it handles some of these “complex areas,” particularly with regard to child pornography. In March, the company came under fire after it failed to remove “dozens of images and pages devoted to apparent child pornography” flagged by the BBC. At the time, Facebook said that it reviewed the material in question and “removed all items that were illegal or against our standards.” The company added, “We take this matter extremely seriously and we continue to improve our reporting and take-down measures.”

· But it’s still a dicey issue. Facebook’s manual on how to address various sexual abuse cases is no shorter than 65 slides long and simply cannot address the full breadth of potentially problematic content that may appear online.

· “Not all disagreeable or disturbing content violates our community standards,” Facebook said. “For this reason we offer people who use Facebook the ability to customize and control what they see by unfollowing, blocking or hiding posts, people, pages and applications they don’t want to see.”

· All the same, the social media platform says it is committed to “building better tools to keep our community safe,” noting, “We’re going to make it simpler to report problems to us, faster for our reviewers to determine which posts violate our standards and easier for them to contact law enforcement if someone needs help.”