Social media and COVID shaming: Fighting a toxic combination shaming People People Facebook Social Media- Tempemail

In the spring, Rick Rose drew the wrath of strangers after he practically shouted on Facebook that he wasn’t buying a face mask. Two months later, he contracted COVID-19 — and, he posted, he was struggling to breathe. Days later, on July 4, he was dead. That post, among the Continue Reading

Covid scepticism behind high Bolton infection rate, says local MP | UK news- Tempemail

Covid scepticism in Bolton has led to it having the highest infection rate of coronavirus in the country, a local MP has said, as a #thinkingforyourself social media trend gains traction. With 169 cases for every 100,000 people, the Greater Manchester town has the highest rate in England and has Continue Reading

Bleach touted as ‘miracle cure’ for Covid being sold on Amazon | Coronavirus outbreak

Industrial bleach is being sold on Amazon through its product pages which consumers are buying under the mistaken belief that it is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19, despite health warnings from the US Food and Drug Administration that drinking the fluid can kill. The chlorine dioxide solutions are being sold Continue Reading

How Victoria’s Covid lockdown protests are galvanising Australia’s right | Victoria- Tempemail

When police in Victoria arrested a 28-year-old pregnant woman named Zoe Buhler at her home near Ballarat over a post on social media two weeks ago, John Roskam’s phone wouldn’t stop buzzing. “I must have had something like 100 texts and emails that night saying ‘have you seen this?’” Roskam Continue Reading

How a breakdown of trust left Melbourne’s ethnic communities hardest hit by Covid second wave | Australia news- Tempemail

A breakdown of trust and poor government communications left Melbourne’s ethnically diverse and lower-income suburbs ill-prepared as Covid-19 raged through their communities, according to peak community bodies. Melbourne’s top five areas for Covid-19 cases in the second wave – Wyndham, Brimbank, Hume, Whittlesea and Melton – are among the city’s Continue Reading

Facebook funnelling readers towards Covid misinformation – study | Facebook- Tempemail

Websites spreading misinformation about health attracted nearly half a billion views on Facebook in April alone, as the coronavirus pandemic escalated worldwide, a report has found. Facebook had promised to crack down on conspiracy theories and inaccurate news early in the pandemic. But as its executives promised accountability, its algorithm Continue Reading

Facebook struggled to remove sensitive content under Covid lockdown | Technology- Tempemail

Facebook struggled to remove content that promoted suicide or exploited children because of the Covid pandemic, the company has admitted, after global lockdowns forced it to rely more heavily on automatic moderation than it ever had before. In March, Facebook sent many of its content reviewers home, and began focusing Continue Reading

Pompeo: US removing ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps to protect Covid vaccine work – video | US news- Tempemail

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, says the Trump administration wants the removal of ‘untrusted’ Chinese apps from service in the country. Calling popular social media platforms TikTok and WeChat dangerous, Pompeo also raised concerns around data theft of intellectual property, including potential Covid-19 vaccines, through cloud-based services. Speaking Continue Reading

Will Covid make countries drop cash and adopt digital currencies? | Kenneth Rogoff | Business

As the Covid-19 crisis accelerates the long-term shift away from cash (at least in tax-compliant, legal transactions), official discussions about digital currencies are heating up. Between the impending launch of Facebook’s Libra and China’s proposed central-bank digital currency, events now could reshape global finance for a generation. A recent report Continue Reading