Posts tagged as Social media

The dark side of scrolling. Abuse of children gets platform on social media

By Augustinas Šulija on Friday, July 31, 2020

Reports about illegal and harmful content on the internet increased substantially in Lithuania this year. Social networks like Instagram are the new hunting grounds for child abusers, observers warn. Sofia, an artist and designer in her late 20s based in Spain, was calmly scrolling through her Instagram feed, when a shocking picture of a child posing as an adult model appeared on her phone screen. “It was an 8-year-old boy…

Dutch woman required by court to delete social media photos of grandchildren

Saturday, May 23, 2020

A court in The Netherlands has ruled that a grandmother has to delete photos of of her grandchildren that she posted on social media Facebook and Pinterest without their parents’ permission under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The row reached the court after the woman refused to delete photographs of her grandchildren, which she had posted on social media, despite numerous calls by the mother of the children…

Dill-obsessed and proud

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Living in Denmark Krista Miltiņa came to look at Latvians from a different perspective, and now she’s turned the artwork she created featuring these observations into a business after one of the drawings she posted blew up on social media. “I thought a lot about Latvians, what we’re like. The first illustrations came about because I wanted to gift my friends something, and I began drawing illustrations about us –…

Coleen Rooney accuses Rebekah Vardy of leaking stories to tabloid newspaper after social media sting operation

Thursday, October 10, 2019

COLEEN ROONEY HAS accused fellow footballer’s wife Rebekah Vardy of selling stories about her life to the Sun newspaper in the UK after a five-month social media investigation.  Rooney, who is married to former Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney, says she became suspicious after a series of posts on her private social media account appeared in the media.  Today she publicly accused Vardy, wife of England footballer Jamie Vardy, of feeding stories…

From direct messages to deep fakes: tactics are changing in social media infowars

Friday, September 13, 2019

Latvia-based NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence has released a new report on how social media is used to target individuals, public opinion, “and, in some cases, even the functioning of the state”. The report puts blame on social media giants for being active participants that wield “significant influence over what takes place in the social media space”. Disinformation is growing in complexity, scale and ambition – but what can…

Fighting And Winning Against US Psychological Cyber Warfare

By Lauren Smith on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Proceed with caution: the CIA, NSA, FBI and DOD are your ‘friends’ on Facebook, writes Lauren Smith. Social media and Google serve three strategic purposes for the U.S. government. First, they allow Washington to conduct espionage; second, they facilitate the spread of disinformation campaigns, and third, they serve as conduits for the transmission of social contagions. In deploying thought control against the users of social media and Google, the U.S.…

World Cup TV kiss sparks social media debate in China

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Social media users in China are debating whether a male South Korean reporter being kissed by female fans during the World Cup is “sexual harassment”. The video clip shows Jeon Gwang-ryeol, a MBN (a South Korean TV channel) reporter broadcasting in Russia on 28 June, being kissed on the cheek twice by female Russian fans. The reporter tried to laugh the kisses off but looked embarrassed after the incident which…