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US probing JUUL’s ‘deceptive’ social media marketing: report

As concerns about vaping are on the rise, government regulators are probing marketing practices by JUUL, according to a report US regulators are looking into potentially “deceptive marketing” used by popular e-cigarette brand JUUL Labs that targeted teens, according to a news report Thursday. The company declined to confirm any investigation but in a statement Thursday said it ended the short-lived social media campaign and announced new efforts to keep the vaping product out of the hands of adolescents. The Federal Trade Commission, which handles consumer product complaints, is investigating…

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Social media must not rob us of the right to change our minds

 ‘It is tempting to place on Twitter much of the culpability for our polarised politics, and it would certainly be naive to view it as somehow neutral, like a parish noticeboard.’ Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images It could all have been so different. In some parallel dimension, social media is being used to shape our political discourse for the better: as an arena where views and beliefs are expressed generously and listened to eagerly, where we allow our prejudices to be challenged, where we welcome opposing opinions, where we learn from…

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How Social Media Is Shaping Indian Science

From Aristotle’s wandering lectures on the entire world of living things to Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s remarkable illustrations of bacteria under a microscope, science communication and cross-talk in the scientific community has undergone dramatic changes in scale and scope. Over the years, treatises have given way to journal publications, discourses have been replaced by interactive webinars, and scientific letters have been superseded by almost instantaneous emails. One of the more recent changes is the use of social media platforms to reach the masses at large. Social media, in general, has enabled a faster and larger…

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#BlueforSudan: social media users show solidarity for protester

 The #blueForSudan hashtag has also been used to raise awareness about the protests in the country. Photograph: Guardian People on social media are turning their profile avatars blue and posting blue-themed artwork in memory of 26-year-old Mohamed Mattar, who was killed during an attack by security forces in Sudan at the beginning of June. The hashtag #blueforSudan has been trending internationally on Twitter as people seek to raise broader awareness of the situation in the country. The colour has been chosen because it was the Instagram avatar of Mattar, an engineering graduate.…

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Is social media addiction breaking up marriages in UAE?

Top reasons for divorce included infidelity, lack of communication, job loss, social media, and unrealistic expectations. Social media addiction is taking a toll on family life, with husbands and wives glued to their phones instead of interacting with each other and their children. And, according to a judicial official in Abu Dhabi, this lack of real communication at home has been leading to disputes ­and, worse, divorce. Dr Saeed Al Darmaki, director of family guidance and alternative solutions at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, said they were witnessing a high…

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7 Lucky Social Media Campaigns Winning St. Patricks Day

The 17th of March is St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s fair to say that people will be celebrating all over the world with a Guinness or two. It’s a feel-good day, with those partaking in the celebrations embracing fun and vibrant atmosphere. From events in local pubs and bars to street parties, everyone is out having a great time. And as with any seasonal celebration, there’s a raft of marketing opportunities for savvy companies who are on point with their communications. Just look at the numbers: 39.6 million Americans claim Irish…

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Here’s the key to social media marketing for real estate agents and LOs

Most real estate and mortgage professionals agree that creating content and using social media is vital to reaching customers and referral partners in today’s market.   As important as it is, many of them still find it overwhelming. Social media is often romanticized as a magic bullet, and when the luster wears off and the work begins, many are left frustrated.   I get a lot of feedback about the frustration that comes from not knowing what kind of content to create, finding the time to create it, and deciding…

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Bedtime social media use may be harming UK teenagers, study says

Going to sleep late on school nights was a particular concern, researchers said. Photograph: Alamy Teenagers in Britain may be putting their health and education at risk by spending too much time on social media at bedtime, according to a major study into adolescent sleep habits. More than a third of teenagers spent at least three hours a day on social media, with a fifth devoting at least five hours to the activity, researchers found. Those who were on social media for three hours or more daily were most likely…

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People Addicted To Social Media Have This In Common With Drug Addicts

According to a new study the decision-making attributes of excessive social media users has been likened to those of drug addicts and gamblers. It’s scary, but the research, designed to raise awareness about the hidden mental health traps affecting young adults online has shown that the risky decision-making behaviours of social media overusers is comparable to people battling substance addiction. Seventy-one participants between the ages of 18-35 took part in the study which first measured their psychological dependence on Facebook through a survey. Image: Getty Participants then performed 100 trials…

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Elon Musk Requests Defamation Suit Dismissal Over ‘Schoolyard Spat On Social Media’

Elon Musk, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Inc. (Photo by Robyn Beck-Pool/Getty Images)Getty Elon Musk has filed a motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit over his tweet calling British caver Vernon Unsworth a pedophile. Musk contends that his “pedo guy” tweet and subsequent related comments were “imaginative attacks” protected by the First Amendment. The situation underlying the suit began after Unsworth, who took part in the rescue of a youth soccer team from a cave in Thailand in July, appeared on CNN and called Musk’s promise to build and supply a mini-submarine…

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