This week all eyes turn to the Royal Wedding, it’s the Facebook hearing we were all dreading, and the arrival of GDPR has got businesses shredding!
Last weekend half of the UK and US tuned into #FrockWatch and went stark raving mad!
There was the Megharryccino:
— Christopher Brennan (@CKozalBrennan) May 19, 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle swimsuits are a thing:
— PRexamples.com (@PRexamples) May 12, 2018
There are PEZ dispensers:
— Delish.com (@DelishDotCom) May 3, 2018
And even an official Royal Wedding sick bag!
— SICK CHIRPSE (@SickChirpse) May 17, 2018
An account called Indie actually finds Meghan’s rags to riches story inspiring when she needs to get a life.
every time i feel giving up on anything i'm just going to look at this picture set and get my life pic.twitter.com/t7AFDO2DW7
— indie (@INDIEWASHERE) May 19, 2018
But for those who REALLY want to get a life, the BBC helpfully gave a list of caves with no mobile signal to escape social media updates about the royal wedding… presumably for those whose phones lack a power button.
BBC helpfully giving a list of caves with no mobile signal to escape social media updates about the royal wedding, presumably for those whose phones lack a power button. pic.twitter.com/WjaXKQzBaG
— Alan Beattie (@alanbeattie) May 18, 2018
Naturally there was an EU twist. Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Juncker would probably be too busy to tune in, but wished the happy couple “all the best.”
We are always happy when love is in the air, European Commission spokeswoman @Mina_Andreeva says when I asked if Juncker will be watching the #royalwedding. But she says Juncker may be too busy to tune in on Saturday but wishes happy couple "all the best of luck". #brexit
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) May 18, 2018
And The Daily Fail – never one to miss an opportunity to get worked up – tried to anger readers by pointing out Harry and Meghan’s wedding car had an EU licence plate …just like every car in the UK.
ROYAL WEDDING: In which the Mail tries to anger its readers by pointing out Harry and Meghan’s wedding car had an EU licence plate – just like every car in the UK.
Luckily, it worked. pic.twitter.com/Q8i1FCrnjO
— The DM Reporter (@DMReporter) May 20, 2018
Yup that backfired!
Meanwhile at the European Parliament you would be forgiven for thinking more royalty had shown up as the place went into meltdown over Mark Zuckerberg’s visit.
— Dave Keating (@DaveKeating) May 22, 2018
In what Thomas da Silva Rosa said was the worst tweet of the year, Swedish MEP Cecilia Wikstrom even posed for a selfie with him!
Mark Zuckenberg and myself after the EP hearing. pic.twitter.com/7zeCrE1lPW
— Cecilia Wikström(L) (@CeciliaWikstrom) May 22, 2018
Rianne Meijer retorted: “You’re not at a Beyonce-concert, you were supposed to ask someone who probably broke a whole bunch of European laws unbiased questions.”
You're not at a Beyonce-concert, you were supposed to ask someone who probably broke a whole bunch of European laws un-biased questions.
— Rianne Meijer (@globalistaa) May 22, 2018
Cringe!… although maybe not as cringe as this.
Zuck and Tajani.
Two normal people.
Looking normal. pic.twitter.com/n7vQMxJwhU
— Mark Di Stefano 🤙🏻 (@MarkDiStef) May 22, 2018
Huge numbers of viewers, including Paul Breitbarth, were disappointed as it became clear that the meeting format ensured most questions would remain unanswered.
This format ensures that many of the MEP questions will remain unanswered. Not surprised, but disappointing nevertheless. #EPZuckerberg
— Paul Breitbarth (@EuroPaulB) May 22, 2018
The US Congress had the right hearing format, but asked the wrong questions, while the EU Parliament had the right questions, but the wrong format said Sven Giegold.
The US Congress had the right #hearing format, but asked #Zuckerberg only soft questions. The EU Parliament had the right questions, but a soft format that allowed #Zuckerberg to avoid the answers. Democracy can do better! Now it's time to regulate #Facebook!
— Sven Giegold (@sven_giegold) May 22, 2018
Spoof account Martini Seltzermyr quipped that “hearings” are really speakings
Meanwhile Zuckerberg enjoying the right to be forgotten.
— Martini Seltzermayr (@mseltzermayr) May 22, 2018
Berlaymonster reckoned it needed this.
— Berlaymonster (@Berlaymonster) May 22, 2018
And James Crisp’s highly unscientific Twitter poll revealed that most people found the whole thing “embarrassingly shambolic.”
So the European Parliament had the chance of a major PR victory with Zuckerberg + Facebook ahead of next year's election and have blown it through poor organisation.
Straw poll folks..
How bad was #EPZuckerberg?
— James Crisp (@JamesCrisp6) May 22, 2018
Finally, the Zuck thinks GDPR is about control, transparency and accountability! WRONG! It is also about ownership of personal data and in case you missed it – HA! – it comes into effect today.
— Rossoglou Kostas (@kostasrossoglou) May 22, 2018
Jason Karaian said GDPR is bigger than Beyoncé – klaxon! Second Beyoncé mention of the week!
— Jason Karaian (@jkaraian) May 22, 2018
Casey Kolderup reminded everyone that if your ex contacts you out of the blue next week, it’s probably only because of GDPR compliance.
remember folks: if your ex contacts you out of the blue in the next week, it's probably only because of GDPR compliance
— Casey Kolderup (@ckolderup) May 16, 2018
Holly Brockwell said “Yes, of course I still want to hear from the company where I bought one pair of shoes in 2005.”
Why yes, of course I still want to hear from the company where I bought one pair of shoes in 2005 #GDPR
— Holly Brockwell (@holly) May 22, 2018
But Ciaran McGonagle wins Twitter GDPR: Just received an email from a wealthy Nigerian Prince. He told me that he doesn’t have any fortune to share with me at the moment, but he would appreciate if I could let him know before May 25th if I wish to continue receiving emails.
Just received an email from a wealthy Nigerian Prince. He told me that he doesn’t have any fortune to share with me at the moment but he would appreciate if I could let him know before May 25th if I wish to continue receiving emails.
— Ciarán McGonagle (@cpmcgonagle) May 8, 2018
This week we are supported by Unesda, who have just celebrated their 60th anniversary with world famous futurist Gerd Leonard. Happy Birthday! Follow them on Twitter @UNESDA.
— Gerd Leonhard (@gleonhard) May 23, 2018
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