Should political ads be banned on social media?

Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from next month. Social media has transformed the way we debate politics. Donald Trump, the president of the United States, often uses Twitter to announce new policies, attack an opponent or even re-tweet what many consider to be misleading information. Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have been criticised for allowing political hate speech and misinformation to flourish on their platforms. Now, with just a year to go before the US presidential election, Twitter is banning all political advertising around the world from…

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Addicted to social media? 7 ways to know

Social media anxiety disorder is a mental health condition that is similar to social anxiety disorder. Before he committed suicide in June, 29-year-old YouTube star and model Desmond Amofah, also known as Etika, filmed himself offering insight on the effects of social media. One comment he made was shared widely after his death: “It can give you an image of what you want your life to be and get blown completely out of proportion. It consumed me.” Health professionals are taking notice. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America asserted…

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Should businesses put social impact above profit?

Corporate titans, including CEOs of Amazon and JPMorgan, say that shareholders’ interests should not be top priority. The mantra “the shareholder comes first” has long been the governing ethos of the Business Roundtable, a group that represents the most powerful chief executive officers in the United States. But a new document about the role of corporations that was published on Monday advocates a foundational shift, putting shareholders on more equal footing with other stakeholders who share an interest in the same company: workers, consumers, and ultimately, society as a whole.…

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White House summons tech, social media firms after shootings

White House calls on social media companies to help build technologies to ‘combat domestic terrorism’. The White House has called on social media companies to build technologies that could help curb the spread of violent ideologies online. The appeal was made during a meeting between officials from the White House and big social media companies on Friday. The gathering came days after President Trump laid blame on the internet and social media for providing places to “to radicalize disturbed minds”. His comments were triggered by two deadly mass shootings in the…

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Cops facing scrutiny for social media behavior

Officers put on administrative leave pending an investigation for posts deemed racist or advocating violence. More than 70 police officers have been taken off the streets in the US city of Philadelphia for violent or racist social media posts. The Plain View Project reviewed the posts made by a sample of police officers in eight cities. Similar behaviour was found in every city sampled, raising concerns about the culture surrounding the police. Al Jazeera’s Kristen Saloomey reports.

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YouTube ‘prankster’ banned from social media, fined $22,000

Kanghua Ren, known by his fans as ReSet, sentenced to 15 months in jail for humiliating a homeless man in a prank video. Kanghua Ren, who has built an online following by publishing videos on YouTube, has been sentenced to 15 months in prison after tricking a homeless man into eating Oreo biscuits filled with toothpaste. Ren, known to his 1.2 million online followers as ReSet, will not be heading to jail, as this was a first offence before the Spanish courts. He will, however, be banned from holding any…

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