Instagram Users Can Now Apply For The “Blue Dot” ✓

Here's what you need to know to get a blue tick for the 'gram (although it's actually a white tick on a blue background). Instagram users can now apply to receive a verified tick for their profiles - but will only get it if they are "notable". It comes as the company introduces a handful of new tools to help...

Facebook Watch Rolls Out Global

Facebook is rolling out its Watch video service globally one year after it launched in the United States with original entertainment news and sports content to compete with platforms like Alphabet Inc’s YouTube. Facebook’s Head of Video Fidji Simo said Watch was gaining real momentum in a crowded marketplace because it was built on the notion that watching videos could...

Deepfake Porn & Creepshots Now Banned On Tumblr

New guidelines address revelations that the microblogging site is being used to harass people using sexually explicit images. Tumblr is updating its guidelines on sexual imagery to "address new technologies that can be used to humiliate and threaten other people".The microblogging site's guidelines address two new phenomena involving sexual images which have come about as a result of evolving technology...

Trending Now: The Rise of Self-Harm Among Girls

Suicide rates among American teens are rising, as are rates of depression and anxiety. A new study in JAMA shows the pattern is similar for self-harm, with alarmingly high rates among young girls. Until 2008, the rate of self-inflicted injuries bad enough to land a young person in the emergency room was relatively stable. But since 2009, the rate of girls aged 10 to 14...

These New Emojis Could Change How We Talk About Periods

When texting and feeling down, the most typical emoji to express this sentiment is a sad face. However, if you’re feeling down because you’re on your period, how could you put that into words without getting a #TMI response? A sad face emoji truly does not suffice when it comes to cramps, bloating, and simply feeling low. A new...

New Alexa Refuses To Answers Risque Topics Like “How Are Babies Born?”

An updated version of the Amazon's voice assistant Alexa will refuse to respond to youngsters' questions on risque topics. Amazon is to provide a new version of its voice assistant Alexa that won't tell children where babies come from or if Santa is real. The topics that the child-friendly Alexa won't discuss will also extend to current affairs, such as...

Your Phone Might Be 3x Dirtier Than A Toilet Seat

Researchers found more than a third of people have never washed their phone with wipes, cleaning fluid or a similar product. The average smartphone screen has been found to be more than three times dirtier than a toilet seat. More than a third of people (35%) have never cleaned their phone with wipes, a cleaning fluid or a similar product,...

You Can Now Rent Clothes For That Special Occasion

You know that old adage about walking a mile in someone else’s shoes? Well, now you can do that literally – walk in his shoes, and then judge him on a five-star rating system. The idea, says first-time entrepreneur Shimpei Watanabe, is that you won’t need to lug so much luggage on your trip. Instead, you’ll use his new startup, Locarry,...

Watchdog Investigate Into Posts By Social Media ‘Rockstars’

The investigation will look at concerns social media stars are not properly declaring when they are paid to endorse products. An investigation has been launched into concerns social media stars are not properly declaring when they have been paid to endorse goods and services. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is concerned media influencers, who have millions of followers watching their...

Teaching Journalism in a ‘Fake News’ Age

hen we think of “media,” images of the press spring to mind. Instances of “fake news” wreaked havoc throughout the 2016 presidential election, and subsequent accusations of the same levied against news organizations from top officials have dominated news narratives ever since. My primary goal as a journalism professor is to encourage students to be “media literate.” But as a...