Instagram is considering hiding the number of likes and followers displayed on the social media platform. It is testing a new feature that will still allow users to like photos or videos - but the number will only be available to the owner of the account, reports Perspecs. Some believe that this change will be better for the mental health and creativity of Instagram's users. However, others argue that the culture of validation on social media is "too deeply entrenched to be killed off". The Claim Forbes' Fruzsina Eordogh argues that hiding likes and followers is "better for everyone". She says that the case for hiding engagement and subscriber numbers has already been established, noting that it is better for mental health and overall content creation. She argues: "Rather than criticise these Silicon Valley giants for taking so long, I have to praise them because they've recognised they need to be dismantled a bit and that their dismantling is better for everyone and society as a … [Read more...] about Will hiding Instagram likes solve the social media problem?
Negative sides of social media
Social media trolls drive man to his death - heartbroken sister calls for government crackdown BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The heartbroken sister of a young father-of-one who took his own life after being targeted on social media has urged the Government to clamp down on internet trolls. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/social-media-trolls-drive-man-to-his-death-heartbroken-sister-calls-for-government-crackdown-38112081.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/article38113589.ece/4c100/AUTOCROP/h342/kenny_gregg_.jpg Email The heartbroken sister of a young father-of-one who took his own life after being targeted on social media has urged the Government to clamp down on internet trolls. Kenny Gregg, a 27-year-old chef from Dundonald, died by suicide earlier this year, leaving behind his devastated family and his little daughter, Esme, who turned two last month. His younger sister Carolyn, who has now started an online petition to mark Mental Health … [Read more...] about Social media trolls drive man to his death
Tough web laws plan hailed by Belfast woman who experienced dark side of social media BelfastTelegraph.co.uk A Belfast woman recovering from self-harm and an eating disorder has welcomed Government plans to introduce "world first" internet safety laws designed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/tough-web-laws-plan-hailed-by-belfast-woman-who-experienced-dark-side-of-social-media-37994278.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/article37994275.ece/f0495/AUTOCROP/h342/2019-04-09_new_49399414_I1.JPG Email A Belfast woman recovering from self-harm and an eating disorder has welcomed Government plans to introduce "world first" internet safety laws designed to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. A Government White Paper on online harm proposes strict new rules to make firms take responsibility for their users and their safety, as well as the content which … [Read more...] about Tough web laws plan hailed by Belfast woman who experienced dark side of social media
A young woman has spoken out about the dangers of seeking mental health support online after she found herself viewing graphic and harmful content. It comes as new government plans could see internet sites be fined or blocked if they fail to tackle "online harms" such as terrorist propaganda and child abuse. The proposals could see the UK introduce “world first” internet safety laws designed to make the country safer online. Naomi Lea, 20, experienced both the positive and negative side of social media. Naomi told ITV News she felt unable to talk to friends and family about her mental health problems as a teenager - so turned to the online community instead. Although it first came as a relief to share her problems, she soon became aware of the more sinister side of social media. "It was a relief at first just to be able to open up to everybody." Naomi says. "If I was having a bad day, if I just made a post there was going to be support from that and I could have a … [Read more...] about The ‘sinister’ side of turning to the internet for mental health support
Americans are fearful about the impact of social media firms such as Facebook and Twitter, with many saying they spread misinformation and divide the country, even though most people still use these networks, a new poll showed Friday. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 57 percent of Americans believe social media sites do more to divide the country, and 55 percent said the networks are more likely to spread "lies and falsehoods" than genuine news and information. "Social media -- and Facebook, in particular -- have some serious issues in this poll," said Micah Roberts of the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted the survey with the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates. "If America was giving social media a Yelp review, a majority would give it zero stars." According to the survey, 61 percent think social media does more to spread unfair attacks and rumors against public figures and corporations, compared with 32 percent who say it helps hold those … [Read more...] about Social media gets thumbs-down in new US poll