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School ‘bans social media’ over health concerns

A rise in the use of computers and social media is having a negative impact on the health of young people, a study suggests. The report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) says the increased risks of spending too much time on devices such as a tablet or smartphone includes an impact on mental health and sleep deprivation. The WHO ... Read More »

Relax! It’s Only Social Media: A No-Nonsense Guide to Social Networking

  If you are tired of the “social media” craze or confused by social media strategy, “Relax! It’s Only Social Media: A No-Nonsense Guide to Social Networking for You and Your Business” offers a straightforward look at the reality of social media. It’s not some new marketing “toy” or “fad:. It’s a marketing tool that you can master. “Relax! It’s ... Read More »

Facebook to Hire 3,000 Reviewers to Screen Out Violent Videos

Facebook said Wednesday it is hiring an extra 3,000 staff to remove violent content like the gruesome killings and suicides broadcast on its video platform. The move ramps up efforts by Facebook to filter content amid growing criticism of the social media giant for allowing the platform to be used to promote violence and hateful activity. “If we’re going to ... Read More »

UK Lawmakers Criticise Social Media Over Response to Extremist Content

Social media were heavily criticised by a committee of British lawmakers on Monday for failing to do enough to remove illegal and extremist material posted on their sites, and for not preventing it appearing in the first place. Platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook have been criticised over their moderation policies after high-profile cases in which violent or abusive ... Read More »

7 Ways CEOs Should Engage on Social Media

It’s important for businesses to stay engaged on their social media accounts so they can respond quickly to negative feedback and keep customers happy. At my company, ConsumerAffairs, we have a team that monitors, engages with and posts content on our social media accounts manually. In addition, I personally manage my own social media accounts and stay actively engaged with ... Read More »

Elite social media: where the internet’s 1 percent hangs out

The social network Best of All Worlds is five years old (ancient by Silicon Valley standards) and has just a tiny fraction of the users its contemporaries like Facebook and Twitter have. But Best of All Worlds isn’t failing. In fact, the social network’s founder doesn’t really want any more members. Best of All Worlds (or BOAW, as its members ... Read More »

Not everyone in advanced economies is using social media

(iStock Photo) Despite the seeming ubiquity of social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, many in Europe, the U.S., Canada, Australia and Japan do not report regularly visiting social media sites. But majorities in all of the 14 countries surveyed say they at least use the internet. Social media use is relatively common among people in Sweden, the Netherlands, Australia ... Read More »

How social media data can improve people’s lives – if used responsibly

A woman participates in a community mapping exercise in Malawi’s Chikwawa and Nsanje districts. In January 2015, heavy rains triggered unprecedented floods in Malawi. Over the next five weeks, the floods displaced more than 230,000 people and damaged over 64,000 hectares of land. Almost half the country was labelled a “disaster zone” by Malawi’s government. And as the humanitarian crisis ... Read More »

‘It’ Creeps to Top of Social Media Charts

Sony’s tentpole “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and New Line’s horror movie “It” dominated social media chatter last week with more than 251,000 and 235,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service. Sony and Marvel presented footage at CinemaCon on March 27 for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” offering a far deeper look at Michael Keaton’s villainous Vulture and emphasizing Tom Holland’s ... Read More »

The myriad effects of social media on the justice system

A screenshot from the Parker Police Department’s Twitter feed. My wife locked her classroom door, moved away from any windows, and sent me a text to let me know a man with a gun had been seen outside her school. The swift, professional reaction of teachers and staff at Sierra Middle School locked down the building and ushered students to ... Read More »