Social media

Social Media: The Socially Acceptable Addiction

The Internet is like a bottle of wine. With it, you can lift your mood, appear more confident than you really are – perhaps do things you wouldn’t normally. A key difference: we don’t let children consume alcohol. It makes…

How India Has Creatively Turned Social Media Into a COVID-19 Helpline to Battle the Pandemic

But Modi’s government is suppressing the effort in an attempt to cover up its failure to prevent the crisis. By Ruhi Bhasin Death, sickness, and helplessness have become the “new normal” that Indians are being forced to live with as…

Cuban artists fight repression through song, social media and hunger strikes

Cuban rappers are a visible part of the resistance This article was written anonymously by an author in Cuba, using the fake name “Luis Rodriguez” Historically, the political system in Cuba has repressed any form of opposition, including legitimate proposals…

Reporting Terrorism & Violence: Media Profits and Pitfalls

Over the last century, terrorism seems to have become a widespread issue in the world. News of violence is frequently talked about in the media, and it seems as though these actions are becoming more prominent and widespread. Is this…

Model Friends

By Luca DiMatteo How many friends do you have? As a novelist and blogger, this question is put to me over and over. I’m always puzzled by what the question means. I have many friends that I have never physically…

Can Social Media Platforms Stop Electoral Disinformation and Respect Free Speech?

US Elections Underscore Challenges of Online Content Moderation By Deborah Brown Social media platforms—under fire for not doing enough to address United States election-related misinformation in 2016—have released a flurry of new policies in recent weeks and months to protect…

Social Media Platforms Remove War Crimes Evidence

Archive Needed to Preserve Content Deemed Dangerous Social media platforms are taking down online content they consider terrorist, violently extremist, or hateful in a way that prevents its potential use to investigate serious crimes, including war crimes, Human Rights Watch…

Coronavirus: A magic moment for social media?

Social distancing is mandatory these days, and those looking to connect with others during the COVID-19 pandemic are turning to social media sites. Have they suddenly become a force for good? Empty, silent, boring — the world’s cities are deserted.…

Preventing an Internet Crash: Conserving Precious Bandwidth

By Hazel Henderson* Now everyone and every organization on the planet is going virtual, we can observe some simple rules and etiquette in all our online communications, so as to preserve our internet and ensure priority access for our children…

The scandal that should force us to reconsider wellness advice from influencers

Stephanie Alice Baker, City, University of London and Chris Rojek, City, University of London for The Conversation Former social media influencer and “wellness guru” Belle Gibson first caught public attention after claiming she cured herself of terminal cancer by rejecting…

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