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Social media responds to Sinead O’Connor’s N.J. video with outpouring of support

After posting a Facebook video on Thursday that went viral, singer Sinead O’Connor’s devastating plea for help drew comments from NJ.com readers and all corners of social media. Many were supportive of the Grammy-winning Irish singer, who has struggled with mental illness over the years and said she was feeling suicidal. Shortly after posting her video, O’Connor, who says she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and wants to reunite with her children, shared the street address of a Travelodge motel in South Hackensack where she said she was staying. Comments flooded in on her Facebook page…

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Is Social Media a blessing in disguise?

I don’t know about others but social media has on many occasions engaged me in useful debates, allowed me to catch up with friends, families, and their statuses, through photos, audios, videos, and vice versa. On the other hand, social media usage has also contributed in the derailment of some important ventures that could have positively impacted my life. The purpose of this concise and informative article is to explore the pros and cons of social media usage through the lens of a habitual user. To get things in perspective,…

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Thai Man Reportedly Sentenced to 35 Years in Jail for Defaming Royals on Facebook

HIGHLIGHTS A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts The posts deemed insulting to the royal family of Thailand The court punished him with seven years per count A Thai man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for Facebook posts deemed insulting to the royal family, a watchdog said, in one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism. A Bangkok military court convicted the 34-year-old of ten counts of lese majeste for posting photos and…

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Twitter to Help UP Government Towards Effective Governance Goal

HIGHLIGHTS UP has become first state using Twitter for reaching out to the people #UPonTwitter workshop was organised in Lucknow this week Twitter is already being leveraged by the UP police to engage In line with the Centre’s aim to bring transparency in governance, the Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government in Uttar Pradesh has become the first state to ride on the microblogging website Twitter for reaching out to the people, a company executive said on Friday. “The UP government has recognised the potential of Twitter as a platform for effective…

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Facebook Reportedly Testing Expansion of Groups Feature

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook is testing a Groups section in its smartphone app The Groups feature which is usually hidden in the app’s settings The new Groups section prominently features a “Discover” page now With the aim to put online communities at the centre of Facebook, the social networking giant is testing the expansion of its Groups feature. The social media giant is testing a Groups section in its smartphone app that will see it appear alongside the main notifications, friends requests and news feed areas which has appeared in recent days…

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Vine Users’ Phone Numbers, Email Addresses Were Briefly Exposed, Twitter Reveals

If you might remember, Twitter converted Vine into a dedicated camera app earlier this year. Shortly after, the company made Vine Archive live to help users see all Vines available on the site since 2013. While this was a noble idea in theory, it turns out that a bug that affected the Vine Archive potentially exposed the phone numbers and email addresses associated with Vine accounts to third-parties in certain conditions. Twitter has clarified that the bug in question affected the Vine Archive for less than 24 hours and has…

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