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vaccine hesitancy, social media

Negative sentiments on social media influence vaccine hesitancy

Research examining Twitter opinion about vaccines shows that social media is a considerable factor influencing vaccine hesitancy.
social media breaks, depression

Seven-day social media break can reduce depression and anxiety

While the negative side effects of scrolling through social media are well-known, social media breaks have been proven to change mental health outcomes.
fast fashion culture, social media

Social media “influence” accelerates fast fashion culture

Fast fashion culture, though widely disapproved of, is still on the rise as social media companies use it as a marketing ploy for adolescents.
Social media use effects, life satisfaction

Boys and girls feel negative effects of social media, at different ages

Girls experience social media use effects often at 11-13, whereas boys experience this later at 14-15 – adolescents who use social media more have a lower life satisfaction.
images of self-harm

Social media is being used by teens to share images of self-harm

The University of Georgia shows the dark and dangerous way in which many young people are using social media platforms to share images of self-harm.
verify users

UK’s Chartered Institute for IT calls for social media to verify users’ ID

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT has called for social media platforms to verify users' ID in order to end online abuse following the racist comments towards England players after the Euro 2020 final.
social media data, pennsylvania state

Social media data for social and behavioural research 

Guangqing Chi and Junjun Yin from The Pennsylvania State University discuss how social media data has become a gold mine of information for both academic and non-academic use.
COVID-19 conspiracy

Social media users more likely to believe COVID-19 conspiracy theories

A study by Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) researchers has found that users of conservative and social media are more likely to believe COVID-19 conspiracy theories.
COVID misinformation on social media, COVID

Artificial Intelligence examines COVID misinformation on social media

A Northwestern Medicine study used Artificial Intelligence to analyse tweets and figure out how COVID misinformation on social media can erase scientific truths from public awareness.
social media trends

2021 social media trends for government and public sector

Joanne Sweeney, Chief Executive Officer of Public Sector Marketing Institute, shares the top three social media trends for 2021 that relate to government and public sector specifically.
social media with students, tiktok

Schools should discuss social media with students

Unsah Malik, social media professional, gives her opinion on why schools should be addressing social media with students instead of ignoring it.
young people's wellbeing

Social media is harming young people’s wellbeing

myGP have been researching the ways in which social media is harmful to young people's wellbeing. Here, they explore how simple awareness can help to combat these mental health issues.
public good

How government and public sector can win at social media for public good

Barack Obama’s vision for transparent government communications rings true in a post-COVID-19 world. Here, we find out how the government and public sector can win at social media for the public good.
tackling misinformation, covid-19

How are social media giants tackling misinformation during COVID-19?

Özlem Bedre-Defolie, Associate Professor of Economics at ESMT Berlin, reflects on how platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook are tackling misinformation at this crucial hour.
conservative social media, COVID misinformation

Research links COVID misinformation to conservative social media

Bioweapons, bleach and 'flu' comparisons: Researchers link the circulation of COVID misinformation to the consumption of conservative social media.
modern life

Social media: A central part of modern life with dangers

Social media is a central part of modern life, writes Rufus Caldecott, Operations Analyst at the security and intelligence firm, Blackstone Consultancy but there are dangers, he warns.
social media and mental health

Social media and mental health: The secret mediator

PMAC, mental health training and wellbeing professionals, discuss the link between social media and mental health, highlighting that the blame may lie with humanity rather than technology.
vaccine misinformation, social media

Vaccine misinformation is more likely on social media

Researchers have found that people who use social media for news are more likely to experience vaccine misinformation.
calls for online protection, social media sites

Social media sites listen to NHS call for online protection

Facebook and Instagram have announced they are removing posts that promote 'miracle' cures like get-slim-quick products, which are known to have damaging side effects.
revenge porn, deepfake

UK law to stop social media circulation of “revenge porn”

The Department of Justice is beginning a 3-year review of laws, to ensure that "revenge porn" victims are protected and technologies such as Twitter are fully considered.

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