Category: Social Media

  • What our tweets say about our health

    Tapping into the Twitter stream could help researchers understand how healthy people’s lifestyles are and how to target improved public health, according to a recent study. Using geotagged tweets, researchers at the Universities of Utah and Washington were able to build a map of the U.S. by neighborhood, with indicators of how happy and active […]

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  • Tinder and teens: critical thinking and the sideways glance

    He sidles into the kitchen. ‘He’s joined Tinder.’ A vacuum descends. I twist towards my nearly 16-year- old son. He’s looking, I think warily, but all sense of normality evaporated 2 seconds ago so I’m not sure. My hypothalamic reaction today is to fight this. To tell my son not to engage. And I probably did – given his […]

  • The big web names back European crackdown on hate speech

    Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft have agreed to an EU code of conduct to tackle online hate speech within 24 hours in Europe. EU governments have been trying in recent months to get social platforms to crack down on rising online racism following the refugee crisis and terror attacks, with some even threatening action against […]

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    Amazon takes on YouTube with new video service

    Amazon has launched a service that allows users to post videos and earn royalties from them, setting up the world’s biggest online retailer to compete directly with YouTube. The service, called Amazon Video Direct, will make the uploaded videos available to rent or own, to view free with ads, or be packaged together and offered […]

  • What’s up with WhatsApp in Brazil?

    A Brazilian judge has ordered wireless phone carriers to block access to WhatsApp for 72 hours throughout Latin America’s largest country, the second such move against the popular messaging application in five months. The decision by the judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe applies to the five main wireless operators in Brazil and affects […]