Social Media

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp suffer outages

The website Down Detector reported that thousands of people globally had complained about the Facebook-owned trio being down from 11.30 BST onwards.

Facebook users were presented with the message: "Something went wrong."

At 14:50, the site said it had resolved the issue after some users "experienced trouble connecting" to the apps.

A spokesman for the company added: "We're sorry for any inconvenience."

Facebook did not comment on the cause of the problem, or say how many users had been affected.

Vanuatu prison chief wants clamp on false social media claims

Mr Marango's comments come after a Facebook post claimed six high risk detainees, including the suspect in the killing of a 15-year old school girl, had escaped and were still at large.

In the Daily Post Mr Marango denied the report saying there had been no such escape.

It followed a similar claim several months ago and he said spreading false information creates uncalled for fear in the community.

Mr Marango has called on the government to put in place tough remedies to deal with anyone who spreads false information in the public domain.

 

     

Human rights advocate says Israel Folau comments hurt

Folau replied to a comment on an Instagram post saying God's plan for gay people is "hell, unless they repent of their sins and turn to God".

Tuiloma Lina Samu says those comments are harmful for people who already deal with intolerance and rejection, based on their sexuality.

"Those words hurt and they hurt significantly especially vulnerable people who are already marginalised people, who are already rejected and ostracized by communities and families," she says.

Katy Perry: I'm a victim of social media pressure

The singer and American Idol judge says Instagram and Twitter are proof of the "decline of civilisation".

She also encouraged fans to not care about social media and to instead live their lives.

Perry has over 68 million Instagram followers and 108 million Twitter followers, but says she would rather not document her whole life online.

"It's hard because I'd rather not care about that and just live my life," she told Refinery29.

"We buy clothing and products or pose a certain way or go to an event to get a picture - it's not good for us as a society.

Meghan Markle closes social media accounts

Prince Harry's fiancee took the decision because the accounts "haven't been used for some time". Ms Markle also ran her own lifestyle website, The Tig, which she closed in April 2017.

The palace said the former actress and UN ambassador was grateful to everyone who had followed her over the years.

The move came after the couple made their first official visit in London.

In December 2017, Ms Markle had 1.9 million people following her posts on Instagram, and more than 350,000 Twitter followers.

Her Facebook page had almost 800,000 likes.

Twitter tests 280-character tweet limit

Twitter currently limits tweets to 140 characters, but has doubled that to 280 characters for a small group of users.

The current character limit was "a major cause of frustration" for some users, the firm said in a blog post.

The firm has been suffering from slowing growth and the shift could be one way for the firm to widen its appeal and attract new users.

"Trying to cram your thoughts into a Tweet - we've all been there, and it's a pain," Twitter product manager Aliza Rosen wrote.

Chinese debate medical rights after pregnant woman's suicide

The 26-year-old woman, surnamed Ma, jumped from a hospital window in northern Shaanxi province on 31 August. The child she was carrying was also killed.Huo Junwei, a doctor at the Yulin Number One hospital, told China Economic Daily that Ms Ma "left the ward twice and told her family that the pain was unbearable, and that she wanted a caesarean section, but the family were not willing to allow the procedure."Her husband, surnamed Yan, refutes this, telling Beijing Youth Daily that "we did not disagree to a caesarean".

 

'Risky delivery'

EU clamps down on social media job snoops

An EU data protection working party has ruled that employers should require "legal grounds" before snooping.

The recommendations are non-binding, but will influence forthcoming changes to data protection laws.

Recruitment company CareerBuilder suggests that 70% of employers use social networks to screen candidates.

Its study also found that the same percentage are also using online search engines to research potential employees.

 

Guidelines

'Good Samaritan' bullied, beaten and called a kidnapper after helping lost child

The man was watching a softball game with friends in Lakeland, Florida, over the weekend when he noticed a 2-year-old girl walking around the sports complex alone, according to a statement from the Lakeland Police Department.

Concerned, the man approached the girl and walked with her in an attempt to locate her parents.

One independent witness confirmed this to authorities, according to the police incident report.

Is live streaming your life good business or dangerous?

Samantha Firth, a 21-year-old nanny living in Chicago, walks to the subway with her friend. So far, so ordinary.

But she is simultaneously broadcasting her 15-minute journey live via her mobile to thousands of avid followers.

"You guys are lit," she says excitedly as she looks at the stream of rolling messages and emojis that are popping up on her screen from her fans.

"I love you... you guys are the best," she exclaims, before heading onto the subway and zooming the camera in on a spot on her forehead.