Social Media

Facebook Trending Topics Tweaked to Show More News Sources

HIGHLIGHTS New design will offer a “carousel” with a variety of websites Aim is to help people “feel more informed about the news in their region” The update “does not affect how trending topics are identified” Facebook on Wednesday unveiled its latest redesign to its “trending topics” feature – its latest move to give users a variety of sources on ... Read More »

Tories pledge to push social media firms to fight online extremism

Ben Wallace’s comments follow a Guardian investigation into the way Facebook moderates content. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters The security minister, Ben Wallace, has said that a Conservative government would increase the pressure on social media companies to help fight online extremism in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack. He said ministers were open to consider financial penalties or a change ... Read More »

Will Goodbody: Time social media firms stopped the rot

Facebook is recruiting an extra 3,000 moderators to scan the network for hate speech There are so many positive things about social media and messaging. It has transformed how we communicate, how we share thoughts, ideas and views, how we get our news, how we learn, how we show our emotions. It has brought together people who are physically and ... Read More »

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 »