Doctors should limit their use of social media to avoid attacks by angry patients and shadowy lobby groups, one of the profession’s leaders has warned. Dr Clare Gerada, former chair of the Royal College of GPs, said younger doctors in particular are increasingly subject to online “vitriol” and “hate”. Now medical director of the NHS Practitioner Health Programme (PHP), a service to support under-pressure staff, she told The Telegraph that millennial doctors should take themselves off social media for periods in order to protect their mental health. She added that the rise in online abuse was contributing to an “increasingly cruel” working atmosphere for young clinicians which had driven a doubling in the number calling the confidential helpline. Dr Gerada, who has 42,700 followers on Twitter, said much of the negative comments come from informal online networks strongly opposed to certain medical practices, such as prescribing antidepressants, … [Read more...] about Young doctors being attacked on social media by patients, top medic warns
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Northumberland County Council’s social media working group met for the first time this week, but it’s not about ‘policing the internet’, according to one senior councillor, even if that’s what some might want. The meeting was not in public – common practice for council working groups – but the issues potentially being discussed certainly play out in public.As in the national arena, social media has provided another forum where local politics can be aired, but while there are many advantages to the connectivity and access provided, it’s also the most unregulated of all those forums.Anyone can set up a Facebook page and post accusations and allegations with very little opportunity for comeback.Anonymity is one of the main concerns, because as well as not being able to trace the source or know who is behind it, it also means that the tone of the debate can deteriorate more quickly.It seems to be human nature that people are more likely to be … [Read more...] about How are local politics playing out online and on social media?
11:40, 17 August 2018 World 28 His comments come against a backdrop of a clampdown on freedom of expression online, with a growing number of Russians being prosecuted for their posts and comments, and even for their “shares” and “likes.” REUTERS Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that there is not enough “positive content” on social media. Speaking at a youth forum held in southern Russia, he also reiterated his reluctance to build his own social media presence, CodaStory reported citing the RIA Novosti news outlet. His comments come against a backdrop of what critics say has been a clampdown on freedom of expression online, with a growing number of Russians being prosecuted for their posts and comments, and even for their “shares” and “likes.” Putin made his call for more positive content as he met a group of Russian media students involved in a television project, who told him … [Read more...] about Putin calls for more “positive content” on social media
Buckingham councillor Warren Whyte, the man in charge of the county’s failing children’s services has come under fire for “flaunting” his Tesla car worth tens of thousands of pounds on social media. In May, councillor Whyte set up a Twitter account dedicated to the leased vehicle and has since posted more than 100 times about the car’s day-to-day-ventures – including trips to Silverstone racing circuit in Northamptonshire.He appears to tweet pretending to be the car under the handle @RedTesla75 writing: “My human is getting excited…the delivery date has been brought forward to Friday 22 June” and boasting he named the vehicle Whiplash – “thanks to its rapid acceleration”.Environmentally-friendly Tesla – owned by controversial business mogul Elon Musk – specialises in electric vehicles which start at a price of £66,000.However questions have been raised over whether the councillor tasked with … [Read more...] about Buckingham councillor under fire for ‘flaunting’ his expensive Tesla car on social media
Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson says death and rape threats have been directed at her after comments she made on social media. The MP posted on Facebook yesterday morning, supporting Auckland mayor Phil Goff's decision to ban two controversial Canadian speakers from Auckland Council venues. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who are known for their far-right alternative views on everything from feminism, gender and immigration to Islam, were set to speak at the Bruce Mason Centre on August 3. However, Mr Goff said the venues should not be used to stir up ethnic or religious tensions and Ms Southern and Mr Molyneux would not be speaking at any council venues. Marama Davidson said "vile" comments about death and rape were made by supporters of the Canadian pair on her Facebook post yesterday. "Quite a lot of tears from supporters of the two...some quite vile disgusting death threats to me, my children...some rape threats and people just calling me the most disgusting names and … [Read more...] about Green Party’s co-leader gets death threats on social media