Social Media

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…
A charity has urged Twitter to do more to help disabled users report hate speech against them on the site, claiming it remained too difficult to report disability-related abuse. Muscular Dystrophy UK said the lack of a clear option to label abusive tweets based on disability was preventing more reporting…
A worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) has almost doubled its target before it began. With the backing of the #MeToo movement, Ifrah Ahmed, a survivor of the barbaric practice has vowed to continue her fight to have the practice outlawed around the world. "Today 200 million…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
Pre-teens are "ill-equipped" for the "avalanche of pressure" on social media as they head into secondary school, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said for many children the social media world begins to dominate their social life, with many craving and seeing likes and comments as a…
A police force has faced criticism for social media posts that appeared to support domestic abuse victims staying with their partners. Essex Police posted a case study on Facebook about "Sheila", a 65-year-old woman in an abusive relationship. "She knew that the abuse in her relationship was wrong but also…
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