Tag Archives: media

Sexual Abuse Stories From Around The World Pour Out On Social Media

Celebrities and everyday people continued flooding social media with personal accounts of sexual assault and harassment Monday, responding to calls to break the culture of silence around such abuse. The massive global response was triggered by the allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is accused of rape and abuse dating back decades. People shared stories and offered… Read More »

Social media bots threaten democracy. But we are not helpless

Can social bots – pieces of software that perform automated tasks – influence humans on social media platforms? That’s a question congressional investigators are asking social media companies ever since fears emerged that they were deployed in 2016 to influence the presidential election. Half a decade ago we were among a handful of researchers who could see the power of… Read More »

NCAA, Ball State expand social media partnership

Students in Ball State’s award-winning Sports Link program and staff in the NCAA’s championships digital and social media group will collaborate during the 2017-18 year on social content development for NCAA championship sports properties. The NCAA digital and social media group and Ball State have worked on various projects over the past seven years involving social media creation… Read More »

UK attorney general plans crackdown on ‘trial by social media’

The UK’s Attorney General is pondering whether to tighten up contempt of court laws and target Facebook and Twitter users who comment about live criminal trials. In a call for evidence made this morning, Jeremy Wright, QC, MP, asked for examples of court cases “in which social media has had an impact” to be forwarded to the Attorney… Read More »

Fashion firms focus on social media

Speed of reaction to social media trends is becoming more important in the battle between fast fashion and more established High Street retailers, say experts. Young women are increasingly being influenced by what they see on apps such as Instagram, as well as by celebrities. Fast fashion brands are jumping on these trends. But High Street retailers say… Read More »

State policing of social media looms

Cape Town – Big Brother will be watching you as you post those harmful messages on social media and you could end up with a three-year jail sentence. That is if the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill is passed by Parliament’s justice committee. Right2Know said while they support initiatives to fight actual cybercrimes like fraud and identity theft, they… Read More »

Girls on social media: do you feel pressure to be perfect?

Social media is awash with airbrushed images of celebrities and models, taken from specific angles and with camera filters that wildly distort reality. But what impact does the consumption of these images have on our perception of ourselves? According to last year’s Girlguiding survey, a third (36%) of 7-10 year olds said people make them think that the most important… Read More »

Half of UK girls are bullied on social media, says survey

Almost half of all girls in the UK have experienced some form of harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey of more than 1,000 young people. The poll also showed that 40% of boys have received harassment online. The survey, conducted by Opinium for the children’s charity Plan International UK, involved 1,002 young people aged between 11 and… Read More »

China targets social media in new crackdown

  Chinese social media sites are accused of jeopardising national security China’s largest social media platforms are being investigated for suspected breaches of the nation’s strict cybersecurity laws. The new laws, which critics say seek to control citizens’ access to information, are being rigorously enforced ahead of a planned reshuffle at the top of the Communist Party. According… Read More »

Is Social Media a blessing in disguise?

    .I don’t know about others but social media has on many occasions engaged me in useful debates, allowed me to catch up with friends, families, and their statuses, through photos, audios, videos, and vice versa. On the other hand, social media usage has also contributed in the derailment of some important ventures that could have positively… Read More »