Social Media

Is social media making you unsociable? Research reveals Facebook and Twitter stops you seeing friends

Social media should be one of the best ways of being, well, sociable. But new research has revealed it could be having the opposite effect and leaving people more and more isolated. And the more social media sites people are signed up to, the less likely they are to see their friends in real life. LooseEnds, an app designed to ... Read More »

Ukraine to block access to Russia’s social media websites

In another round of sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday ordered the blocking of access to Russia’s most popular social media websites and search engines. Poroshenko’s office on Tuesday published the decree that he signed a day earlier, freezing the assets and banning the operations of hundreds of Russian companies in Ukraine. ... Read More »

Tories pledge to force social media companies to delete childhood posts on request

Credit: PA The Conservatives have pledged to give people the power to force social media companies to delete embarrassing content they posted as children. The Prime Minster said sites like Facebook would be forced to wipe the records of users before they turned 18 on request. Online companies will also be warned they face penalties if they fail to do ... Read More »

Interesting Statistics for the Top 10 Social Media Sites

Social media is that dominating force in the modern world that can change minds, catch more business, increase sales or build and shape a brand or business. Have you fallen prey to spending hours on Facebook, or waking up at midnight to check for Tweets? This is because of the impact social media has on all of us these days. Over ... Read More »

Woman advertises ‘womb for rent’ on social media

Michelle Griffin wanted to be a surrogate so much that she posted a “Womb for Rent” ad on social media. A mom-of-two who loves being pregnant has decided to become a surrogate and even offered her womb for “rent” on social media. Michelle Griffin, 25, from Perth in western Australia, posted a moving image online announcing her wish to be ... Read More »

WhatsApp Status Feature Hits 175 Million Daily Active Users, Beating Snapchat

It’s no secret that over the last few months Facebook has tried to take the best of Snapchat’s features and add them to its artillery of applications. Snapchat Stories featuring photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours was brought to Instagram, Messenger and even messaging app WhatsApp. The move from Facebook has already proven successful for Instagram, but is ... Read More »

Canadian Police Investigate Facebook Beating Video in Murder Case

Canadian police said on Wednesday they were investigating whether a beating captured on video, reported to have been distributed through social networking site Facebook, may be connected to a young woman’s murder. The video is the latest example of Facebook being used to document violent crimes, a pattern that has led the company to re-evaluate some of its policies. “This ... Read More »

Grounding teens from social media doesn’t do much – and could hurt them, study finds

Teens forced off of social media lose more than social interaction, research shows. Photo / 123RF It all used to be so simple: Break the rules, get grounded and be forbidden from hanging out with your friends. These days, of course, social media makes anywhere a teen hangout, and parents looking to ground their kids might choose to cut off ... Read More »

No Gathering Social Media Handles from Chinese Visitors

EFF has joined a coalition effort, led by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), to oppose the federal government’s proposal to scrutinize the social media activities of Chinese visitors. Specifically, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seeks to ask certain visa applicants from China to disclose the existence of their social media accounts and the identifiers or handles associated with those ... Read More »

Broken teeth, broken guitar: Is social media the ultimate leveller?

The victim, Dr David Dao and (inset) Oscar Munoz president and chief executive officer of United. No adult in the world with an internet connection would have missed David Dao’s recent agony on board a United Airlines aircraft. Grainy, moving images of the 69-year-old being dragged down the aisle — and horrified reactions from fellow passengers and global viewers — ... Read More »