Social Media

Who can't tweet about #Rio2016?

For ordinary people the answer is a definite no. You can use it in posts about your favourite athlete as much as you like.

But for companies it's a different matter. And the United States Olympic Committee has been accused of "bullying" firms that aren't official sponsors, to prevent them joining in the social media conversation about the upcoming games.

Like any major sporting event the organisers of the Olympics go to huge lengths to protect the rights of corporate sponsors who invest over a billion dollars in the games.

Qandeel Baloch: 'She was a girl just like you'

It's the one Qandeel Baloch rented for her parents. And this is where she died.

Inside, the walls are faded, the furniture is scarce. An old, disabled man is sobbing uncontrollably.

Qandeel's father Muhammad Azeem is grieving the death of his favourite daughter, allegedly at the hands of his own son, in the name of honour.

His wife sits on a day bed nearby. One moment she seems to sleeps as if to forget, the next she stares into space.

South China Sea: Chinese social media urges mango boycott

After an international tribunal on territorial disputes ruled against China and in favour of the Philippines, Chinese netizens used social media to call for a boycott of the Philippine fruit, as well as to make their feelings known through other memes and pictures.

Slogans like "If you want to eat mango, buy Thailand's" and "Starve the Filipinos to death" have been widely circulated on microblogging site Weibo.

"If you love China, don't buy Filipino imports", said one comment.

Social media 'outstrips TV' as news source for young people


Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV.

The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source.

This trend and the rising use of mobile phones to access news are undermining traditional business models.

The report, now in its fifth year, is based on a YouGov survey of about 50,000 people across 26 countries, including 2,000 Britons.

Internet addiction and school burnout vicious for teens

Now a study finds that internet addiction is leaving some students feeling burnt out at school, which causes them to spend more time on the internet, creating a cycle that can leave teens feeling depressed.

Couple's hilariously honest 'infertility announcements' helps others

A spoof of fertile couples’ pregnancy announcements, Spencer Blake and his wife, Whitney, posted a handful of photos on their blog, On an Adventure, including a photo of popped bubblegum on their faces, with the text overlay “Infertility still bursting our bubble, month after month.”

Sharon Osbourne "Overwhelmed" by the online reaction of her divorce

It's been a whirlwind week thus far for the 63-year-old daytime talk show host after sources confirmed over the weekend that she and her husband, Ozzy Osbourne, had broken up after 33 years of marriage. After taking a day off from her hosting duties Monday, the British star returned to The Talk Tuesday with further explanation of her current situation. 

Among her remarks, Osbourne was careful to note that she had been keeping her eyes off of the news. 

Pope Francis shocks world with these views

He's got accounts on Twitter and Instagram, rocks out on Spotify and even promotes tolerance and kindness toward same-sex romantic relationships. In short, he's not like the other popes, he's a cool pope.

Using Facebook and Snapchat makes you 'cognitively and morally shallow': psychologists

Research shows people who frequently text or use social media were less likely to engage in "reflective thought" and "placed less importance on moral life goals".

Tech writer Nicholas G Carr, in his Pulitzer nominated book The Shallows, discussed the possibility that the internet is changing "the way we think, read and remember".

Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators

She's the latest in a growing line of extremists and disturbed killers who have used social media to punctuate their horrific violence.