GRIEVING friends of Rathfriland car crash victim, Rachael McConville, have been sending dozens of tributes to a new Bebo page set up in the schoolgirl's honour. The page on the popular social networking site has been flooded with messages of condolence for the 11-year-old who died last week after she was struck by a car on the Castlewellan Road in the town.Hilltown came to a standstill on Saturday, as family and friends bade a heartrending farewell at a packed funeral service conducted by Father Stephen Ferris at St John's Church in the village.School friends from Sacred Heart Grammar School in Newry formed a line of honour in silent tribute and there were poignant scenes as Rachael's small white coffin was draped with flowers and her St Patrick's Drumgath GAC shirt.Speaking at the service, Father Stephen Ferris told mourners Rachael was "a bright spark, both in personality and intelligence". He said many stories had been told over the past couple of days, and most had highlighted her … [Read more...] about TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR CRASH VICTIM RACHAEL
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A Chinese social media platform popular with children is being investigated by the Information Commissioner after it received a number of complaints. Parents, teachers and children's charities have expressed fears about TikTok and the potential dangers it could pose for children. The Commissioner has launched the investigation to address fears it could be a platform for paedophiles and groomers. Users of the app can use it to share videos with friends, but there is the suggestion it has been used as a site to target users, reports the Mirror. Parents have already been issued warnings by schools about the app after fears were expressed it is a "hunting ground" for paedophiles. The Chinese-owned app, worth up to £55billion, claims it is “raw, real, and without boundaries”. In India, the app was considered so open and transparent that it banned the app from being downloaded because of fears it encourages paedophiles. A similar ban could occur in the UK if the commission … [Read more...] about Chinese social media app investigated over child grooming fears
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?
News / World by Press Association 04/06/2019, 3:53 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter China imposed an information blackout on the 30th anniversary of its bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters at Tiananmen Square. Extra checkpoints and street closures greeted tourists who showed up before 5am to watch the daily flag-raising ceremony at the square in the centre of Beijing. People overseas found themselves blocked from posting anything to a popular Chinese social media site. China has largely succeeded in wiping the events of June 3-4 1989 from the public consciousness at home, where the anniversary of the crackdown passed like any other weekday. The seven-week-long Tiananmen Square protests and their bloody end, in which hundreds if not thousands of people are believed to have died, snuffed out a tentative shift in China toward political liberalisation. The mantra of the ruling Communist Party has become stability over all else, and the … [Read more...] about Tiananmen Square anniversary treated with silence in China
Apps like Facebook and Tinder are fuelling the "soaring industry" of online prostitution and sexual exploitation, according to a worldwide study published by a French anti-prostitution group on Tuesday. Prostitution has moved "from the street to the Internet", where pimps recruit young girls via Snapchat and Instagram before prostituting them in apartments rented on Airbnb, said anti-prostitution group Fondation Scelles. The report, "Sexual exploitation: New challenges, news answers" looked at trends in 35 countries. In Israel, dating app Tinder is the most popular tool to find prostitutes, while in Zambia students in cybercafes join Whatsapp and Facebook groups to connect with prostitutes and pimps in a few clicks, the report said. In France, gangs contact underage girls from "welfare homes and high schools" on social networks such as Facebook and Snapchat, promising "opportunities to make money very quickly" before posting online advertisements and prostituting them. Adverts on … [Read more...] about Apps, social media fuel ‘booming’ online prostitution: study