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Online Social Networking may Serve as a Resource for Managing Depression, says a Recent Study

The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems -- whether online or in real life

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London, November 29, 2016: While frequency and duration of online social networking may have a negative effect on mental health outcomes, a new study suggests that for some people, Facebook and Twitter may also serve as a resource for managing depression, thereby contributing to more positive outcomes.

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The study suggests that online social networking can have both a positive and a negative effect on a person’s well-being, and the frequency, quality, and purpose of the experience will all factor into the outcome.

The review article published in the journal Cyberpsychology, Behaviour, and Social Networking highlighted that the relationship between online social networking and depression is quite complex and some people may enjoy a social support system in the virtual world as well.

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Multiple psychological, social, behavioural, and individual factors may all impact this complex relationship, according to the study by David Baker and Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University in Britain.

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The findings suggest that health professionals should ask patients about social support systems — whether online or in real life — as part of their routine clinical intake. (IANS)

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Facebook Hires A Team To Find Troubles Before They Arise

The group is called "Investigative Operations Team"

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Facebook has hired a team of ex-intelligence officers, researchers and media buyers to find the worst possible things that can be done using the platform and to help the company prevent them.

The group is called “Investigative Operations Team” and is testing the company’s advertising systems, pages, Instagram, Messenger and more, BuzzFeed News reported on Saturday.

The team is searching for troubling behaviour, examining keywords and other signals that could be used to promote violence. It is also investigating Facebook’s merchant tools, attempting to spot problematic product sales.

“What we have now is a series of people who are truly looking for how could you possibly do something wrong,” said Lynda Talgo, the Facebook Business Integrity Director.

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“Their entire job is to look forward and figure out what’s coming around the corner,” she added.

Facebook’s creation of this team is the latest sign of an ongoing mindset shift among Silicon Valley’s giants who are realising they can’t simply assume the best of their users and must prepare for the worst behaviour imaginable.

Also read: Your Time On Facebook’ May Soon be Monitored

Google has set up an “Intelligence Desk” at YouTube which is meant to detect controversial content before it mushrooms into crisis. (IANS)