Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 30/01/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 30/01/2017

Here’s our weekly review of what’s hot and happening in social media across Sri Lanka and the globe What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? LGBT legalization Perhaps the biggest commotion that created waves across social media in Sri Lanka recently is the controversy surrounding the LGBT exclusion from the GSP+. The GSP+ is given to countries that are known to value human rights related issues. Going so far as to “criminalise” and tag anything apart from heterosexuality a “mental illness” came out looking overly-conservative and narrow-minded more than anything else….

Dolly Hanging

Dolly Hanging

Dolly Hanging -The death of a 12 year old live streamed on social media – Writing about social media and its many nuances. I happened across the heart-breaking story of a 12 year old girl who committed suicide on social media. The video was taken down a few days later but watching the 42-minute tragedy play out where Katelyn Nicole Davies carefully prepared a noose, broke down, cried, apologised for not being strong and finally jumped from a tree in Cedartown, Georgia,  I felt compelled to explore her story. This…

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 20/01/2017

Sri Lanka Weekly Social Media Update 20/01/2017

Here’s what made the list of the top ranking social media news in Sri Lanka and across the globe, this week. Our blogs This week our team wrote about Dolly Hanging – a thought-provoking look at the unfortunate incident of a 12 year olf girl committing suicide on live stream and the instances where social media has actually managed to save lives. What Went Viral in Sri Lanka? Wimal Weeravansa’s arrest goes viral on UFPA Facebook page The recent arrest of Wimal Weerawansa was something that sparked a lot of…

Trump vs. everyone

Trump vs. everyone

A great example of how social media has changed politics is taking place in America with the battle over how Obama’s healthcare policies are to be changed under the new administration. President-elect Donald Trump is setting the stage for a potential clash with his fellow Republicans when it comes to the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Many of his pronouncements in interviews and on Twitter are at odds with long-held Republican orthodoxy on health care. I’ve written before about how political parties have never being more vulnerable to…

Blurred Lines: Social Media Data Mining

Blurred Lines: Social Media Data Mining

“They are not being honest. Facebook is bundling a dozen different data companies to target an individual customer, and an individual should have access to that bundle as well.”  – Center for Digital Democracy.  It is no secret that third parties such as credit card companies and the government use social media networks such as Facebook to gather sensitive data about you.  When questioned recently about the non-transparency of their data collection practices Facebook went on record to say that “users can discern the use of third party data if they…