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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Facebook launches New and Improved Safety Centre

Facebook launches New and Improved Safety Centre

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Today, one's identity is as much a product of their school, college, workplace, family, country, as it is about their presence on social media. And the first among equals when it comes to social media, is undoubtedly Facebook. Having literally changed the DNA of communication and social interaction in the past decade and a half, Facebook has constantly been coming up with updates and new features, to make social media an integral part of society. When it comes to social media, one of the key aspects of interaction on social media, which has come under the scanner more often than not, is the aspect of safety and security of a person in the online space. As more of the world becomes a part of social media platforms, issues of cyber…
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