March 10, 2017

Social Media Updates: WikiLeaks, Social Depression, Pak ban...

Big brother is watching you!


The Orwellian prophesy that one day all actions of citizens will be watched by the government finds resonance in the latest Wikileaks expose.

Hailing it as the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency, WikiLeaks has said that CIA had been cyber-spying by infecting computer systems at global scale with viruses, Trojans, vulnerabilty-exploits and other malware. WikiLeaks has found that the several hundred million lines of code which CIA used for this dirty hacking has itself been hacked.

The code is essentially different types of malware that CIA used to infect systems, including desktop, mobile and TV platforms. Since this all has got leaked, there is the risk of its proliferation and unscrupulous use. 

WikiLeaks founder, Julius Assange says, The Central Intelligence Agency lost control of its entire cyberweapons arsenal. This is an historic act of devastating incompetence to have created such an arsenal and stored it all in one place and not secured it.

More proof of social media impacting emotional health


We have earlier reported about how use of social media is linked with social and emotional disorders. Among them, you'd recall wide-spread rise in eating disorders noticed among girls.

A new review study finds a small but statistically significant correlation between social media use and depressive symptoms in young people. What it means that young people are more than likely to get depression with heavy use of social media.
If you are interested in the original paper, you can visit this link: Social media and depressive symptoms...

Too much social media influence? Image: Pixabay

Add to this another recent research paper (such links might break after a while) confirming a link between social media use and social isolation among American young people. 

Pakistan on the verge of banning social media over blasphemy?


A Pakistani superior court judge has threatened to ban social media if it indulges in blasphemy and stop people indulging in online insult to Islam from leaving the country.

In Pakistan, blasphemy against Prophet Mohamed is punishable with death.

Five bloggers have specifically been named in the lawsuit that the judge was hearing. Media reports say, authorities have already removed their 'blasphemous' posts on mostly Facebook.

Ironically, the judge called blasphemy as an act of terrorism, and terrorists and religious fanatics label any liberal voice as blasphemous so as to quell all opposition.

[Cambridge dictionary defines blasphemy as something that you say or do that shows you do not respect God or a religion]

Twitter is trying to make its platform safer: an update


Twitter has announced a number of safety features    that include filtering out abusive content and reducing the spread of tweets from abusive accounts.

Hope, the micro-blogging platform has taken seriously the bad press and social reactions that it got recently for its inability to check unsafe content.

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