Posts Tagged ‘Social Media’

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
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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
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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
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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

Vatican urges priests to embrace social media Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018

Priests should embrace social media, says Monsignor Paul Tighe. Tighe, who helped develop Pope Francis’ online presence, is urging Catholic clergy across the world to embrace social media to reach believers and non-believers. Read more Related Posts:Coptic orthodox monks and nuns not allowed social mediaChristianity in the Digital Age: New tools to…Social media conversation opens Read more

Abuse on Facebook lost in translation in Pacific Comments 0

Thursday, September 6th, 2018
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Facebook is growing in both users and regional relevance in the Pacific. Analysts and human rights groups in the region are pointing to a rise in online abuse, as Pacific communities grapple with translating their culture to the digital meeting house. Online abuse is not easily detected when local languages are used. Facebook would not Read more

Teens are requesting plastic surgery to look like Snapchat filters Comments 0

Thursday, August 16th, 2018
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Social media is increasingly making teens dissatisfied with their appearance and obsessed with achieving a filtered version of “perfection,” even going so far as to pursue plastic surgery, say medical professionals. Dr. Neelam Vashi, director of Ethnic Skin Center at Boston University’s School of Medicine, published an article analyzing the new trend in Jama Facial Read more

Coptic orthodox monks and nuns not allowed social media Comments 0

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The Coptic Orthodox Church has given monks and nuns a month to shut down their social media accounts, patriarch Tawadros II has decided. Within that time frame, they will have to take leave of the forms of communication considered unsuitable for monastic life. Any failure to comply will result in canonical penalties. Read more Related Read more