Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

Launched on Facebook: Suicide Prevention Features

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"Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem" - Phil Donahue World Health Organization defines suicide as "the act of deliberately killing oneself". One of the leading causes of death in India, particularly among women, and youth, it is disheartening that the number of suicide cases in India, are rising by the year. Many of the suicides in India can be attributed to academic, professional and social pressures. Keeping this in mind, it is heartening to see that Facebook has released certain new features, by which those who are contemplating suicide, or those who know such a person, can reach out and connect to a wide variety of resources to using Facebook Live and Messenger, and artificial intelligence technology. Additionally, this feature allows one to connect to a helpline…
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#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

#LetsPictureConsent : A Brand New Social Media Campaign

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Today, the world shares their lives with significant people with a click of a button, by way of pictures and videos. We share every aspect of our day, whether the clothes we wear, the food we eat, the places we visit, and the people we meet. Many people, also often share their intimate pictures and videos with their partners. But what happens when these pictures are forwarded, to others? Would that count as online harassment? Last year’s movie Pink spoke to us in detail about the issue of consent, a discourse which was very much the need of the hour for Indian society, where being a woman denies one of any personal agency. Consent implies giving your agreement, your nod to an action or gesture. In the same line of…
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Online Dating – Yay or Nay?

Online Dating – Yay or Nay?

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Look around at all the couples around you, and think of how many of these have met each other via online platforms? The number is definitely increasing each year. With more of our lives being led in the online spaces, it is no wonder that romance is also finding new ways of manifestation. Apart from Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social media platforms, dating apps are slowly gaining momentum. Apps like Tinder, Aisle, Match.com, are slowly bringing online dating to the public spheres. Scouting for a potential mate through dating apps and social media is as innovative an idea, as it is dangerous. We came across this article recently which listed out ways to stay safe, when engaging in online dating. Some important tips delineated by this article are: 1.…
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Twitter is Safer Than Before!

Twitter is Safer Than Before!

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The online space is steadily turning into a domain of choice for many people wanting to speak out about certain social issues, or raise their voices. One of the most preferred platforms for people to share their opinions, engage in discussions and learn about other perspectives is microblogging site Twitter. As the number of Twitter users has increased to an incredible 320 million, what has also risen are the cases of online abuse and harassment. Twitter Safety has been working constantly to ensure that reporting mechanisms are updated at regular intervals, to incorporate new kind of threats, and that these measures are user friendly. Last week Twitter Safety announced an improvement to reporting harassment online. Yesterday, Twitter Safety three new changes were introduced to the user experience, which will give…
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Happy Safer Internet Day 2017!

Happy Safer Internet Day 2017!

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Safer Internet Day is organized annually by United Kingdom Safer Internet Centre, and every year sees many organizations and individuals come together to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. Globally, Safer Internet Day is celebrated in over a hundred countries, coordinated by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, and national Safer Internet Centres across Europe. The day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology, and how we can all create a better and safer online community. It calls upon young people, parents, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies, policymakers and others, to come together in helping to create a better internet. At Centre for Social Research, we have been working on the cause of…
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