Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

Hate speech legislation on hold till after election Comments 0

Thursday, June 25th, 2020
hate speech

A proposal that could make hate speech a criminal offence has been stalled and is unlikely to pass before the election. The Government fast-tracked a review of hate speech legislation in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch terror attack last year. Justice Minister Andrew Little declared existing legislation on the issue “woefully inadequate.” Following Read more

Holy Week and Easter see huge online engagement Comments 0

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

The Vatican’s online Holy Week and Easter events reached millions of people around the world. New viewers, followers and fans inspired by Pope Francis’ words and gestures were among those taking part. “We have been struck by the many emails we have received, comments and posts on our social media from people, even agnostics and Read more

Irish archbishop notes ‘nastiness and bitterness’ of Catholics on social media Comments 0

Monday, November 4th, 2019

Dublin’s archbishop has warned against the “nastiness and bitterness” of Catholics on social media, saying people will only be attracted to the Church if they encounter “people of joy.” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin was speaking at a Mass Oct. 20 commemorating the canonization of John Henry Newman, the founder of what is now University College Dublin. Read more

Invest big in media says Pope Comments 0

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

No investment is too big to spread the Word of God through media, Pope Francis says. On Monday he spoke to group of bishops and media professionals at the start of the plenary assembly of the Dicastery for Communications, which was held at the Vatican from Monday until Wednesday this week. Communication is a mission Read more

Bishops take aim at Facebook, Google and Twitter Comments 0

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

Australia’s Catholic bishops say tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter put profits before people. In their view, the companies should be fined for spreading fake news and offensive content. The conference points out that social media platforms’ core business is to sell advertising and maximise profits. The bishops want greater regulation of digital platforms Read more

Responding to mental health crises through social media Comments 0

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
mental health

The Online Crisis Intervention programme supports social media users who are experiencing mental health crises. It’s a world-first online project, run out of west-Auckland. “Reaching out for help in a moment of crisis can be hard, ” says Andrew Sutherland. Sutherland is the manager of Live for Tomorrow, a project of Zeal. He says that to assume Read more

How social media changes our grieving Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
grieving

Three-year-old Crew Long has been gone a little more than a year and a half. But his mom still talks to him. Sometimes Mandy Long speaks to her son, who died on Sept. 18, 2017, through prayer or in her journal. Other times she posts notes to her son on her family’s Facebook group page, Read more

After the vigils and prayers, what next? Comments 0

Thursday, March 21st, 2019
what next

Some people are starting to ask hard questions about what will happen next. Will the nation just “move on”? “We will condemn this horrifying act of violence as extreme and out of the ordinary, we will come together as a nation and hold vigils, and we will try to move on from this tragic incident,” Read more

WhatsApp lynchings stir mobs Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

The rise of social media is making it easier to stir up mobs. In India, where communal violence is common, the so-called ‘WhatsApp lynchings’ were responsible for more than two dozen deaths in 2018. Read more Related Posts:Germany’s churches warn against racism upsurgeCoptic orthodox monks and nuns not allowed social mediaThe global migration agreement causing Read more