Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

April 28, 2017

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and Dignity” on …

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‘Digital wellness lady’ wants students to unplug or at least look up

April 23, 2017

… “look up” and staged a dining hall flash mob. The “Look Up” flash mob encourages students to unplug. Image: courtesy of sylvia frejd She has students referred to her who are on academic probation because of a social media or video game addiction. She said many can’t turn off streaming videos. She talks them through their addictions which she says usually stem from anxiety. Research shows one of the biggest mental health issues at college campuses is anxiety, …

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Bike-sharing companies keep finding that people are terrible, in every city they enter

April 22, 2017

An oBike in a neighbourhood bicycle parking spot, SingaporeImage: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable It’s been just three months after the first bike-sharing company arrived in Singapore, but reports of abuse and vandalism of shared bikes in the city keep popping up on social media. The majority of these shared bikes are stationless, which means they don’t need to be docked at a designated spot. They lock themselves after your ride is over, and you’re meant to just leave the bike standing by …

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Make it a crime to show killing on Facebook

April 18, 2017

(CNN)A manhunt continues for Steve Stephens, who is suspected of shooting dead 74-year-old Robert Godwin on Sunday near Cleveland, and then posting a video of the killing to Facebook. People are calling it a sad statement about social media. No question: it is. Given that live broadcast via social media is here to stay, with Facebook as just the beginning, there’s really no easy way to prevent the next fame-hungry criminal from simulcasting a senseless act of violence. Replay …

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Ted Lieu, Congressman and Twitter King, is beating Trump at his own dumb game

April 17, 2017

Image: J. Terrill/AP/REX/Shutterstock It’s depressing to admit, but let’s do it anyway: there are few politicians in the world more skilled at manipulating Twitter than President Trump. So over the past few months, 48-year-old Congressman Ted Lieu (D-California) has decided to try and master the platform, slowly emerging as the President’s most adept social media opponent. It might seem like an embarrassing game to play after all, world leaders don’t historically …

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This is how a Russian social network spread the #SyriaHoax conspiracy

April 16, 2017

A video grabbed still image shows Syrian people receiving treatment after a chemical attack at a field hospital in Saraqib, Idlib province, northern Syria.Image: STRINGER/EPA/REX/Shutterstock A conspiracy theory about whether a chemical weapons attack was actually perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad started making the rounds shortly after that tragic incident shocked the world. Surprise, surprise, now we know Russian social media posts fueled that conspiracy, according to ABC. SEE …

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

April 15, 2017

… had experienced a pupil of any age suffering from anxiety and panic attacks, while 79% were aware of a pupil suffering from depression and 64% knew of a youngster who was self-harming. Around half (49%) were aware of children with eating disorders, and a similar proportion (47%) knew about a youngster with obsessive compulsive disorder. Pressure of exams and testing, family problems such as ill health or a break-up and social media were all seen as having an impact on mental health. And when …

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Why do University Challenge contestants go viral? – BBC News

April 10, 2017

The invention of social media has given the programme a new lease of life and helped many contestants develop their own cult following. Image caption Monkman and Seagul finally came head-to-head at the semi-final The current series saw two contestants – both captains of rival teams from Cambridge University – find social media fame. Monkman in paraticular inspired a legion of online fans who identified themselves with the hashtag #monkmania. His facial expressions and …

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When Heroin Almost Took My Life, My Phone Saved It

April 10, 2017

At the time, I had no idea that one of those two things would save me from the other. Now, my phone and, more specifically, its social media capabilities are an intrinsic part of my new life in recovery. Its been more than two years since I got the call on my cell, telling me there was a bed available at a public detox. I took that call, and the chance to get sober. While I was in rehab, I communicated with my family and friends. I started connecting with other people in recovery online, …

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Foul-mouthed chatbot wants to help women close the pay gap

April 5, 2017

… hosted by Reply.ai, and while there are no plans to retire her in the near future, when she disappears, those records are designed to as well. Once you’re finished getting advice from the bot, try saying thanks. She’ll give you articles to peruse and prompts to share the tool on social media, but not before signing off with a pat on the back and an obligatory curse word. Because why not have some irreverent fun when you’re doing something a little scary? UPDATE: April 4, 2017, …

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This hard-hitting poetry act exposes the ills of a misogynistic society

April 4, 2017

… regarded as impure. The video’s notched up nearly a million views on social media. It has got people talking. And has also inspired a brilliant response from a man. Just watch it! More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWordWrap Feed Ads #2 This is a special product flow for Word-Wrap.net customers!Traffic Trigger Lite Traffic TriggerDropMock – Training Dropmock Video Mastermind Coaching – You will now be added to the 5 week training course for a one time only fee!FanContact …

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Facebook Stories aren’t anonymous, and that’s a bad thing

April 4, 2017

… friends. It’s just that I haven’t seen one or two of you since eighth grade, and, well, here you are, looking at my cats. Here’s the rub Facebook is THE BIG ONE, a monolithic social media force that shoves everyone you know into an interactive database of photos, text and video. But it doesn’t want you to think of it like that it wants to be a place where you talk to your friends and enjoy yourself. Thus, it’s done whatever it can to ape Snapchat a much smaller …

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Officer: Black man’s fatal shooting had nothing to do with race

April 3, 2017

… College student and the father of four girls. His sister told Whitaker he was “laid back, calm, cool.” “Gospel music was his love,” she said. “I saw Trayvon Martin. I saw Mike Brown. I saw Philando Castile. I saw Tamir Rice,” Tiffany Crutcher said. “But never in a thousand years … would we have thought that we would be on their side of it. And my brother now, according to social media, is another hash tag.” More From this publisher : HERE …

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Amazon wants influencers with ‘large followings’ to sell its products

April 2, 2017

The host of the popular YouTube channel 'What's up Moms' was one of the first enlistees in Amazon's new influencer program.Image: screenshot Amazon is seeking social media celebrities. The online shopping giant quietly launched a new program this week in which influencers with “large followings” can apply to host their own stores on its site in exchange for a commission on products sold. TechCrunch first reported the news on Friday. SEE ALSO: The latest crop of …

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Facebook now lets you create personal fundraisers for yourself, friends, and family

March 31, 2017

Image: Facebook If you’re hoping to raise money for a good cause, but it isn’t tied to a specific organization, Facebook just changed the game. The social media giant has expanded its fundraisers tool, now letting users create personal fundraiser pages to raise money for themselves, friends, and people or things not on Facebook. Previously, users could only raise money for a registered nonprofit on the platform. SEE ALSO: Facebook creates Community Help tool so users can aid each …

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Hoverboard fires are still a problem, so here’s another product recall to remind you

March 27, 2017

… #smartbalanceboard #christmaspresent #christmasshopping #birthdaypresents #birthdaygift #christmasgifts #giftshop #freegift #swag #airwheel #smartbalance #smartscooter #fun #instafollow #awesome #cool #lifestyle #vecarolifestyle A post shared by Vecaro Lifestyle (@vecarolifestyle) on Nov 15, 2016 at 1:01pm PST Just a few months ago, the company showed film and music star Jamie Foxx using one of its hoverboards in a splash across several social media sites including Twitter and Instagram. So …

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13 feminists with legendary Twitter game

March 26, 2017

… (@SofieHagen) February 27, 2016 3. Shappi Khorsandi Shappi Khorsandi isn’t a stranger to adversity. The British comedian and author penned an autobiography called A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English about her experiences trying to fit in after moving from Iran to the UK. Along with culture and diversity, the comedian speaks out on behalf of women on social media and in her novels. #WeStandWithZoe Hey @TheSun, whilst you’re at it you could comment on the fact I’m …

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Social media has turned me into a sexual oversharer

March 24, 2017

Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable I’m a millennial and I can’t stop oversharing about my sex life. And, while I hate to point the finger, I blame social media. I first realised I was a sexual oversharer during a pretty uncomfortable moment with a new housemate someone I barely knew, but was trying to get to know. As I sipped my first coffee of the day, I leant across and told my new housemate something Id told other friends just days previous. I described, in graphic detail, a …

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A CBO report that conservatives can get behind

March 14, 2017

(CNN)The Congressional Budget Office has released its estimate of House Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, and it highlights the tricky balance that President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan and other supporters of the proposed American Health Care Act have to strike. JUST WATCHED Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Stay up to date on the latest opinion, analysis and conversations through social media. Join us at Facebook/CNNOpinion and follow us …

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World wide web creator Tim Berners-Lee targets fake news – BBC News

March 12, 2017

‘Surprise or shock’ Users are often unable to tell outlets what data they would not like shared, Sir Tim said. Terms and conditions were “all or nothing”. Sir Tim said he wants to work with companies to put “a fair level of data control back in the hands of people”. He also expressed concerns that government surveillance is going too far and stopping the web from being used to explore topics such as sensitive health issues, sexuality or religion. Social …

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‘Wall Street Bro’ Humping ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Is Why We Need Feminism

March 12, 2017

One bro in a suit wants to remind the world that misogyny is alive and well. The lewd act was photographed by Alexis Kaloyanides and posted to social media, where it went viral. According to the pictures caption, the man thrusted his hips in front of the statue as his friends watched. He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl, she continued. Douchebags like this are why we need feminism. The Fearless Girl is an act of political art by investment management firm State Street. …

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