Social Media

A Labour MP who has been the victim of vicious abuse by trolls on social media has called for them to lose their anonymity online. Jess Phillips said Parliament needs to act against the anonymous trolls who abuse her on a daily basis. The Birmingham Yardley MP said she wanted…
Social workers should use Facebook and Twitter to engage with people sharing extreme and violent material online, according to an expert on the far right and terrorism. Vidhya Ramalingam said they should have the same kind of conversations on social media that a youth worker might have had with a…
A man who pleaded guilty to stalking TV presenter Christine Lampard faces jail after sending her "very nasty" tweets, a judge has said. Christof King, 39, of Mowbray Road, Brent, in north west London, pleaded guilty to stalking last week, but he disputed the sending of the tweets. King (pictured),…
Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, recorded using an app on Apple Watches and iPhones, could be used by doctors to see if patients need help in between appointments, a clinician has said. The feedback would…
The sister of a convicted sex offender has been found guilty of posting the names of his victims online. Sophie Turner, 19, of Old Swan, Liverpool, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday of two counts of publishing the names of victims of a sexual offence and two…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service workers. There are many parts of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers that are relevant to social media. The video animation explains how workers can use the guidance to…
A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four in five people support tighter regulation of the platforms to reduce perceived negative impact on issues like depression, anxiety, and lack of sleep. The figures, from polling commissioned…
Politicians from across Northern Ireland's political divide have rallied behind a DUP Assembly member who has spoken out about sustained social media abuse over her appearance. Carla Lockhart said while she had grown immune to the constant slurs she had decided to go public after a particularly intense spate of…
Social media companies have been warned they must no longer be "passive hosts" in the fight to tackle surging levels of violence. Ministers told firms that the status quo "cannot continue" as they unveiled a blueprint for making Britain's streets safe following a spate of killings. Home Secretary Amber Rudd…
Twitter has updated the wording of its rules to make the reporting of hateful comments against disabled people easier following a campaign by a disability charity. Muscular Dystrophy UK had called for the social media site to change its abusive tweet reporting page, claiming the lack of a clear option…
Former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale has revealed she received three death threats in six years as she backed a campaign urging Twitter to do more to stop online abuse. Ms Dugdale joined Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson to reveal the extent of the…
Rihanna has accused Snapchat of "intentionally" shaming victims of domestic violence and making fun of them. The singer was responding to an advert on the social media platform that asked users to choose if they would rather "slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown". Brown was convicted of assaulting Rihanna in…
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