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Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts

Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts

Business
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon says it is closing down all its social media accounts following the "trolling" of MPs and ethnic minorities.The Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all 900 pubs and head office are shutting down with immediate effect, the pub operator said.The move also takes account of recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media.A spokesman for the chain told Sky News: "We've noticed a lot of MPs get trolled and some receive some nasty comments and the company doesn't like what's going on - we don't like the general climate of social media."The spokesman confirmed the decision was not related to any specific incident and no JD Wetherspoon account itself was involved in the trolling of any MPs or ethnic or religious minorities....
US may tie social media to visa applications

US may tie social media to visa applications

Technology
The Trump administration has said it wants to start collecting the social media history of nearly everyone seeking a visa to enter the US.The proposal, which comes from the state department, would require most visa applicants to give details of their Facebook and Twitter accounts.They would have to disclose all social media identities used in the past five years.About 14.7 million people a year would be affected by the proposals.The information would be used to identify and vet those seeking both immigrant and non-immigrant visas.Applicants would also be asked for five years of their telephone numbers, email addresses and travel history. They would be required to say if they had ever been deported from a country, or if any relatives had been involved in terrorist activity.The proposal woul...
Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

Met Police chief: Social media leads children to violence

Technology
The UK's top police officer has blamed social media for normalising violence and leading more children to commit stabbings and murders.Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick told The Times social media sites "rev people up" and make street violence "more likely".Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest levels since 2011.Ms Dick announced a new task force of about 100 officers to tackle violent crime in London.Ms Dick says she believes social media "makes it harder for people to cool down", adding: "I'm sure it does rev people up.""There's definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to 'fight' very quickly," she said.A trivial disagreement could escalate into violence "within minutes", Ms Dick ...
Time limits proposed for children on social media

Time limits proposed for children on social media

Technology
Ministers are looking into imposing time limits for children using social media, according to Culture Secretary Matt Hancock.He said the negative impact of posting and consuming content online was a "genuine concern".Mr Hancock said more needed to be done to safeguard young people and suggested an age-verification system.Image:Culture Secretary Matt Hancock says there is 'genuine concern'He said there would a new legal requirement for companies to ensure users were over 13 years old. The details of how such a scheme would work are still being worked out."There is a genuine concern about the amount of screen time young people are clocking up and the negative impact it could have on their lives," he told the Times."For an adult I wouldn't want to restrict the amount of time you are on a plat...
Social Security Forfeiture: What Are the 2018 Income Limits?

Social Security Forfeiture: What Are the 2018 Income Limits?

Finance
Many people choose to take Social Security benefits before they reach their full retirement age. With benefits available to most people as early as age 62, you don't even have to wait until you've formally retired to start getting a helping hand from the federal government.However, there's a provision in Social Security law that many people don't know about. If you have earnings from work while you're receiving early Social Security benefits, then you can end up forfeiting some or all of your monthly Social Security checks if you make too much money. Below, you'll learn the specifics of Social Security forfeiture and what you can do to avoid losing any of your hard-earned benefits.Image source: Getty Images.The basics of Social Security forfeitureSocial Security has ...