Social Media

Social media giants should give free adverts to mental health services because local providers are failing to reach young people, according to a report. Some 134,000 young people looked for mental health support online from friends, peers or professionals in the last year, a study by the Royal Society for…
A "Snapchat queen" who posted a video of her boyfriend dying in a pool of blood has been found guilty of orchestrating his killing. Fatima Khan (pictured), 20, plotted with a love rival to kill Afghan asylum seeker Khalid Safi, 18, who she had been seeing for two years. Mr…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has refuted accusations her department routinely scans social media pages to deny benefit claims. Labour MP Anna Turley made the claim in the Commons - suggesting the Department for Work and Pensions look for "evidence of spending patterns" in order to reject benefits. The…
Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
A gifted student who stabbed an autistic teenager to death over a "pathetic" row on social media has been jailed for 21 years. Paul Akinnuoye, 20, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, traded gay insults with 19-year-old Jordan Wright in a WhatsApp group called "Ice city boyz". The defendant called Mr…
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…
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