Posting children's photos on social media divides nation

Posting children's photos on social media divides nation

Parents are divided about whether it is right to post photos of one’s children to social media, according to a study by the UK’s communications watchdog. Ofcom reported that just over half of parents it surveyed said they avoided what it termed “sharenting” altogether. A desire to protect the privacy of under-18s was the most commonly given reason, it said. But about one in five parents said they posted such images at least once a…

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Anthony Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief

Anthony Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post. The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues. Mr Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts with his appointment. The decision was made by Mr Trump’s new chief of staff, Gen John Kelly, who was sworn in on Monday….

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Kenedy sent home from Chelsea tour for social media comments

Kenedy sent home from Chelsea tour for social media comments

Chelsea have sent Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the Brazilian’s social media comments before a match in China. The club had “solemnly and sincerely” apologised after fans accused the 21-year-old of xenophobia and racism. He made the comments in Instagram posts before a 3-0 pre-season win over Arsenal, during which fans booed him. Kenedy later apologised but will now play no further part in the tour and has returned to the UK. He…

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Social media firms urged to tackle online body shaming

Social media firms urged to tackle online body shaming

Internet companies should do more to tackle body shaming online, social media users have told an inquiry into how body image affects young people. One told Parliament’s annual Youth Select Committee that “so many” young people were suffering from online abuse and feelings of inadequacy. There should also be greater diversity in the media, the committee heard. A Facebook and Instagram policy manager said the sites were committed to making sure users had positive experiences….

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Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Germany votes for 50m euro social media fines

Social media companies in Germany face fines of up to 50m euros ($ 57.1; £43.9m) if they fail to remove “obviously illegal” content in time. From October, Facebook, YouTube, and other sites with more than two million users in Germany must take down posts containing hate speech or other criminal material within 24 hours. Content that is not obviously unlawful must be assessed within seven days. The new law is one of the toughest of…

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WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp rises as a major force in news media

WhatsApp is becoming one of the prevailing ways people discover and discuss news, according to a study. But use of the messaging app appears to vary widely between countries. In Malaysia, more than 50% of those surveyed said they used WhatsApp for news at least once a week. But in the US, the figure was only 3%, and in the UK it was 5%. The Digital News Report also indicates the Brexit debate has led…

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Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Social media pressure is linked to cosmetic procedure boom

Young people are turning to cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers as a result of social media pressure, according to a report. A study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says government must protect people from an unregulated industry. The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine. The authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image. Much of the…

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Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

Beyonce gives birth to twins: US media

American pop star Beyonce has given birth to twins, according to media in the US. Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly and People magazines confirmed the news, but the date of birth and gender of the babies are not yet publicly known. Beyonce, who is married to rapper Jay-Z, announced her pregnancy in an Instagram photo in February – the most-liked post in history on the network. The couple already have a daughter, Blue Ivy, aged five….

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