Social Media

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…
A social worker from Denbighshire has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practise was impaired. Patricia Reid was accused of failing to maintain professional boundaries with some of the vulnerable people she worked with and…
Major brands have begin pulling advertising from YouTube after it was reported that paedophiles are operating on the site and evading protection mechanisms. Brands, including Mars and Lidl, have stopped advertising on YouTube on the eve of one of the biggest shopping days of the year, after they were alerted…
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has launched a Twitter rant in response to online criticism from actor Ralf Little. Mr Hunt posted 26 consecutive Tweets to "put the record straight" after Little called him out on his comments on mental health provision. The Health Secretary said he would meet the Royle…
Allegations of sexual harassment and abuse at Westminster are "deeply concerning", Downing Street has said. Prime Minister Theresa May would urge anyone with information to contact the authorities, a Number 10 spokeswoman said. Downing Street's intervention came after the Sun reported that female researchers and aides in Parliament were using…
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