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Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Christchurch shootings: Social media races to stop attack footage

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device A gunman opened fire in a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing 50 people and injuring 50 more. As he did so, he filmed the entire crime and live-streamed it directly to Facebook.What ensued was an exhausting race for social media pages to take the footage down, as it was replicated seemingly endlessly and shared widely in the wake of the attack.And through social media, it found its way onto the front pages of some of the world's biggest news websites in the form of still images, gifs, and even the full video.This series of events has, once again, shone a spotlight on how sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Reddit try - and fail - to address far-right extremism on their platforms. Atta...
Regulate social media to protect children, MPs urge

Regulate social media to protect children, MPs urge

Technology
Social media companies should have a legal "duty of care" to children, the UK Parliament's Science and Technology Committee has recommended.The group's report said social media had helped facilitate bullying and online grooming of children.It called for a regulator to be established to take "enforcement action" if apps broke the law.A number of privacy and data scandals have led to calls for social media companies to be regulated.Facebook's new vice-president Sir Nick Clegg has already pledged to do "whatever it takes" to make the company's platforms safer for young people.Sir Nick was responding to the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing distressing self-harm images on Instagram in 2017. ...
Social media told to 'purge' harmful content after teenager's death

Social media told to 'purge' harmful content after teenager's death

Technology
Social media companies must "purge" their websites of content that promotes self-harm and suicide, the health secretary says.The demand comes after a father accused social media websites of playing a part in his daughter taking her own life. Molly Russell was 14 when she was found dead in her bedroom in November 2017.Her family said she had shown "no obvious signs" of severe mental health issues but they later found she had been viewing material on social media related to anxiety, self-harm and suicide.In fact, her father said algorithms used by Instagram had enabled her to view more harmful content, possibly contributing to her death. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he had written to a number of internet companies to remind them of their duty to act. In his letter, he said: "I ...
Negative social media experiences lead to loneliness in young adults, study says

Negative social media experiences lead to loneliness in young adults, study says

Health
Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Negative experiences online may bring about higher rates of loneliness among social media users, a study says. Every 10 percent increase in negative interactions on social media made the study participants 13 percent more likely to feel lonely, according to new research published Tuesday in the American Journal of Health Promotion. "Social media is, seemingly, about connecting people. So it is surprising and interesting that our investigations reveal social media being linked to loneliness," study lead author Brian Primack, director of University of Pittsburgh's Center for Research on Media Technology and Health, said in a news release. "Perceived social isolation, which is a synonym for loneliness, is associated with poor health outcomes, such as high blood pressure, hea...
How a new breed of media companies is convincing people to pay for news again

How a new breed of media companies is convincing people to pay for news again

Finance
Comcast Ventures had seen enough. Years of researching business models, seeing their own portfolio's performance and watching digital media startups struggle had made an impression. For 2018, the venture capital firm made a decision: it would no longer put seed money behind advertising-driven media companies. "Starting an ad-supported business is really, really tough," said Daniel Gulati, a Comcast Ventures partner, in an interview. "As a general thesis, we are not actively looking to invest in seed companies that have an advertising-based business model." It's a shift in thinking for Comcast Ventures, which has put money beh...