Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Smartphones and The Impact on Our Health

Social Surfing
In today's times, it is rare to see a person not glued to their smartphone. Smartphones are an integral part of our existence, and while their usefulness in terms of bridging geographical boundaries and increasing the access of information is infinite, there are many negative consequences of excessive smartphone usage, particularly for the health of individuals. Just what are these ill effects of smartphone usage? Posture - Numerous medical and scientific studies have shown posture is severely affected in those who use smartphones excessively vis a vis those who don't. Smartphone users tend to develop rounded shoulders, spinal curvatures, vertebrate disorders, and associated neck pain and headaches caused by these ailments. Eyesight - Looking at smartphones in bed, results in direct exposure to light, which can be damaging to retinas, which can…
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Twitter Works Towards Resolving Hate Speech

Twitter Works Towards Resolving Hate Speech

Current Events
In a blog published on 15th May, titled Serving Healthy Conversation, Twitter made some announcements regarding their new initiative, which that expands how they leverage behavior-based signals to inform the organization and presentation of content. In its never ending quest to deal with trolls and abuse on its platform, Twitter in its blog post, stated : "Some of these accounts and Tweets violate our policies, and, in those cases, we take action on them. Others don’t but are behaving in ways that distort the conversation. To put this in context, less than 1% of accounts make up the majority of accounts reported for abuse, but a lot of what’s reported does not violate our rules. While still a small overall number, these accounts have a disproportionately large – and negative…
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Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Google’s New and Improved Safety Policy

Online Safety
In a worldwide announcement made on May 12th, internet giant Google revealed that the company's privacy policy has changed. While there are no changes to the information Google collects or how it collects and uses it, there are changes in the language used to Google, so that users know in clear terms what Google is doing. In addition to this, there are now more controls available to the user to aid in the review of Google security, privacy and settings. The new privacy policy is more user friendly, incorporating videos which explain settings in a user friendly manner. William Malcolm, Director, Privacy Legal EMEA at Google said in a blogpost - “We’ve improved the navigation and organization of the policy to make it easier to find what you’re looking for;…
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5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

5 Tweesurfing Videos You Need to Watch to Ride the Waves on Twitter

Online Safety
Our #Tweesurfing project with Twitter India, is a one of a kind, online safety initiative, which uses video interviews of a variety of Twitter influencers, to help social media users understand the nuances of a safe and beneficial Twitter experience. For your benefit, dear reader, we have compiled a short list of 5 of our favourite videos, which outline some key tips and tricks. These will definitely help you navigate the world of Twitter! Stay tuned for more such lists, and log on to Tweesurfing for all the videos! 1. @mojorojo's Questions to Self before Tweeting Ace Comic Rohan Joshi, one of our first Tweesurfers, urges you to ask yourself certain questions before voicing your opinion on Twitter, to avoid unpleasantness and hate on social media. "You can voice your…
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Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Facebook’s very real dilemmas and very human Community Standards

Social Surfing
Harassment and Hate Speech are not permitted on Facebook as per its Community Standards. In case some user content is taken down because it violates the Community Standards, Facebook intimates the user of the same. If the user feels that Facebook’s decision was unfair, he or she can click on Facebook’s intimation to appeal for a re-look at their decision. Facebook works on these requests by getting an external review to see the content in conflict. If the external review decides that the user is right, then the content is put back on the site by Facebook. As per the Community Standards on Hate Speech, Facebook differentiates between Hate Speech content posted by a user and other people sharing the same hate content to create awareness about the concept of…
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