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From showing us your tackle to covering your modesty, Newsroom takes a look back at the top 3 stories of the week the web got involved with.

The Big Cover Up

The news that world-famous men’s magazine Playboy was set to remove nudes from its pages hit the internet running. In one day it managed to generate over 83.5k mentions on Twitter, a number which has now soared to over 352.6k. The franchise has realised that by baring all they have actually alienated their readership. This fact was confirmed when they removed all nude pictures from their website and increased the amount of content, seeing a 250% spike in traffic. With the death of Zoo, the notoriously salacious and controversial lads’ mag, and The Sun’s Page 3, we really are seeing a shift in what men want from modern magazines, as they know where to go if they want something a little racier.

Your new QI

Fan favourite Stephen Fry announced that he would be stepping down from hosting the popular show QI. His 13 year run will soon come to an end as the challenging baton will be passed to another oracle and funny wordsmith, Sandi Toksvig. Twitter and Facebook lit up as the topic shot up the trending lists, with collective mentions reaching nearly 100k. Speculation is already rife about how Sandi will fare on the show as she takes on the additional accolade of being the first woman to host a prime-time comedy panel show in the UK. We also expect to see a lot more online chatter once the first show airs.

Bojo’s Try-Outs

Boris Johnson rugby tackling a 10-year-old boy in Japan while playing ‘touch rugby’ (non-contact rugby), is currently cementing its place in a long list of ridiculous things he’s done. It’s perfect internet fodder which is why he is trending on all social platforms. He’s already clocked up nearly 50k mentions on Twitter, with over 50 major publications instantly covering the story online. Leading TV news programs and morning papers will all be covering the gaffe, increasing engagement with this hilarious moment.


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