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Can we go back to using Facebook for what it was originally for – looking up exes to see how fat they got? Bill Maher
If you are on Twitter or Facebook there is every chance you’ve seen a ... massive explosion in online hate. Richard Bacon, The Anti-Social Network, BBC 2012
That anonymity means there’s no boundaries. ibid.
Trolls post vicious messages on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube. ibid.
I’d come home to find a barrage of abuse. ibid.
The online bullies will often post anonymously. ibid.
1In just over 10 years Instagram has become one of the most influential social media companies in the world. It has over a billion users globally. The Instagram Effect, caption, BBC 2022
Are we going to let algorithms rule us or will people rule algorithms? ibid. Frances HaugenFacebook/Instagram whistleblower
If an algorithm is making decisions for you … it has the ability to take your control away. ibid. Bailey Richardson, former Instagram employee
Instagram periodically conducts large scale purges of fake accounts. ibid. caption
In 2017 Instagram is ranked the worst social media platform for mental health and well-being. ibid.
In August 2013 Belle Gibson launched The Whole Pantry, a book, an app, a website, in which she claimed that healthy eating had cured her condition [terminal cancer]. This is the story of the rise and fall of one of Instagram’s super-influencers. Bad Influencer, The Great Insta Con
As news of her cancer fraud spread fast, it garnered a furious backlash. ibid.
We investigate one of the most popular companies on the planet. Facebook may know more about us than any organisation in history. It makes a fortune from advertising using our personal information. And politicians are now using our data to target us too. Panorama: What Facebook Knows About You, BBC 2017
It’s quietly become an important political player. ibid.
It’s the social media sensation of lockdown targeted at teens. It says its mission is to inspire creativity and bring joy, and though it clearly can, can Tiktok be putting some users at risk? … How safe is Tiktok? Panorama: Is Tik-Tok Safe? BBC 2020
From the elderly residents of a care home in Yorkshire to A-list celebrities. ibid.
The fastest growing social media platform of all time. ibid.
How social media can turn toxic for women. From reality TV stars to politicians, women are getting more and more online hate. Panorama: Online Abuse, BBC 2021
They were three boys from ordinary families. But they abandoned the UK to fight in Syria. I was at school and college with all three of them. I want to know why they became brutal extremists of the Islamic State. And what made them want to kill people like me. Panorama: The Jihadis from My Schooldays, Olivia Davies reporting, BBC 2021
Nearly 900 British people went to fight for Isis in Syria most of them recruited through social media. ibid.
The men who trade sexually explicit images of women online. And one of the world’s biggest social media companies hosting the harmful material. Panorama: The Secret World of Trading Nudes, BBC 2022
January 2021: Olly had been stabbed just metres from the home he had grown up in … Digital evidence from mobile phones would lead to a murder trial. Two boys aged 13 and 14 when Olly was killed were convicted of murder. A 13-year-old girl was convicted of manslaughter. Because of their age their identities are protected. Panorama: A Social Media Murder: Olly’s Story, BBC 2022
One of the world’s most influential social media sites is in chaos. Twitter insiders tell the story of Elon Musk’s takeover. And how he welcomed back banned accounts leaving users feeling unprotected. Panorama: Elon Musk’s Twitter Storm, BBC 2023
Sackings followed, many in teams working to keep the platform safe. ibid.
The company was shedding expertise assembled to stop Twitter being misused. ibid.
How many people are using the Web in their sex lives? What exactly are they getting up to? Websex: What’s the Harm? BBC 2012
Social networking has turned into sex networking. ibid.
Grinder ... It’s claimed there are over two million users worldwide. ibid.
There’s been quite an explosion in the amount of sites hooking up strangers using cams. ibid.
Fake profiles and pictures are common. ibid.
What if anything is this doing to our heads? ibid.
The huge majority of us are into using technology for sex. ibid.
‘When migrants were blocking the road in Calais in France I wrote, Just run the fuckers over.’ The Internet Warriors, internet troll, 2017
Who are the people who spend their lives debating online and when did the discourse become so polarised? Why do so many use the internet to threaten, harass, and stretch freedom of speech to its limits? And are they as angry in person as they are online? ibid.
‘It [Islam] has the same agenda as Hitler.’ ibid. troll
‘I hope Isis kill David Cameron.’ ibid. troll
‘Fuck you Obama u worthless motherfucker! ibid. troll
When you express yourself in here, you expose yourself out there to hate. Say your piece on social media and you might incite a war. Make your mark online and you might make yourself a target. Dark Net s1e7: Provoke
Trolls post how-to guides. They praise each other’s work and look to one another for inspiration. ibid.
Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape a hundred girls. The Warwick Uni Rape Chat Scandal, social media, BBC 2019
Which girl at Uni would you like to pin down the most? ibid.
The pure unadulterated misogyny that runs through that I would never class as banter. ibid. Dianne Whitfield, Coventry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
11 Warwick students temporarily suspended after group chat exposed. ibid. The Boar 8th May 2019, Warwick uni newspaper
14-year-old girl gunned down by teen she had been feuding with on Facebook over a boy. Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014, Sky Atlantic 2017
In 2009 eighteen-year-old student Gemma Barker invented three fictitious boys. In disguise as these boys Gemma seduced two of her best friends. The Girl Who Became Three Boys, Channel 4 2012
This is a story of sex and deception, a story that made headlines around the world. It’s a story of a crime that begins on social networking sites. The victims were two innocent teenage girls. ibid.
Jessica, Alice and Gemma became close friends. ibid.
Aaron’s Facebook page presented a picture of a fit and attractive young man. ibid.
Gemma decided that Jessica ought to have a boyfriend of her own; one new Facebook account later and she’d created Luke Jones, a friend of Aaron. ibid.
By the end of 2009 Gemma had two alter-egos: Aaron Lampard and Luke Jones complete with Facebook pages and networks of fictional friends. ibid.
Gemma pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one of fraud ... Gemma was sent to prison for two and a half years. ibid.
Facebook has all the social graces of a nose-picking, hyperactive six-year-old, standing at the threshold of your attention and chanting, ‘I know something, I know something, I know something, won’t tell you what it is!’ Cory Doctorow, Content: Selected Essays