The UFC has announced its new championship belt ahead of its first UFC Fight Night event of 2019, but the new design has not gone down well with MMA fans and media, who have slammed the new-look strap on social media. The UFC's new "Legacy Championship Belt" features a complete redesign from the classic all-gold belt made famous around the waists of legendary UFC champions Anderson Silva, Georges St-Pierre, Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier. The new design will feature unique customization option for each world champion based on their nationality, weight class and number of title defenses. Each belt will be engraved with its own unique serial number as well as the engraved signature of UFC president Dana White. "This Saturday begins a new era for UFC, and it’s a perfect time to unveil our new UFC Legacy Championship Belt," said White. "The belt honors UFC’s past, while recognizing the amazing accomplishments of our current champions." The belt weighs a … [Read more...] about ‘The worst belt I’ve ever seen’: UFC trolled on social media over new world championship strap
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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?
A troll posted a sick message about brave Alfie Evans on social media as the tot was dying. Anthony Hirst, 48, was arrested after the foul-mouthed post went viral and disgusted social media users complained to Merseyside Police, a court heard. Alfie, from Liverpool, died aged 23 months of a degenerative brain disease after parents Tom Evans and Kate James fought a high-profile campaign over his end-of-life care. Hirst's disturbing message on Facebook said: "F Alfie the scouce little c Let him die. That be 97 then after the hillsbourgh 96. One less Scouse to worry about bin licking gob****s.(SIC)" The message, which included three smiley face emojis, was sent to one person but was then widely shared. It has provoked such outrage that Hirst has had to flee his home. The jobless ex-bakery worker, from Burnley, Lancashire, yesterday admitted sending a grossly offensive message when he appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court. Hirst, whose own four-month-old daughter died … [Read more...] about Troll wrote sick message about Alfie Evans on social media as tot was dying
LOVE Island seasons one and two are now available to watch on Netflix. Here is everything you need to know about how you can catch up on all the action as you wait for tonight's episode... Is Love Island on Netflix and how many series are there? Love Island series one and two are currently available to watch on Netflix. Unfortunately, series three, which was won by the now-separated Amber Davies and Kem Cetinay, isn’t available just yet. Viewers can binge on 66 episodes in total on the streaming channel and relive some of the greatest moments from the first two series. The first series was won by Jessica Hayes and cricketer Max Morley in 2015 but the couple split just 40 days after leaving the villa. TOWIE star Jon Clark also formed one of the first series' most consistent couples with Hannah Elizabeth. The pair coupled-up on the first day and left the villa engaged but the ill-fated relationship ended around three months later … [Read more...] about Is Love Island on Netflix, when did series four start in 2018 and how can I follow on social media?
Advertising used to be simple. Brands placed ads in print and on billboards, or maybe they’d buy airtime to run television commercials. The internet made everything more complicated. Brands had to create new types of advertising, and the popularity of social media meant many firms felt the need to be involved and create profiles in order to engage with customers. But recent events have called this assumption into question. Internet trolls and online bullying have been problems for years, and with the spread of fake news, plus the rise of bots masquerading as real accounts, social media has started to feel like a hostile, less trustworthy space. Read more: Why taming the trolls is now a matter of urgency for Twitter and Facebook Then there are the recent scandals, such as Cambridge Analytica harvesting Facebook users’ data, undermining trust in the safety of personal information. As a result, some brands are stepping away from social media altogether. Pub chain Wetherspoons … [Read more...] about The internet trolls ruined social media, but here’s how brands and charities can reclaim it