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The study found out that depression related to that with online social networking is very complex and it is linked with factors like, age, gender

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December 3, 2016: Facebook, undoubtedly has brought the world close but at what cost? In the culture of DP, CP, and check-in, we often end up comparing our lives to that of others. We often end up feeling sad and depressed because someone is travelling or having fancy food or bought a new gadget or what so ever. We are always complaining.

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Well, the Lancaster University review of existing research recently suggested, “Comparing yourself with others on Facebook is more likely to lead to feelings of depression than making social comparisons offline.”

According to TOI, “That’s one of the findings from a review of all the research on the links between social networking and depression by David Baker and Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta from Lancaster University. They examined studies from 14 countries with 35,000 participants aged between 15 and 88. There are among 1.8 billion people on online social networking sites worldwide, with Facebook alone having more than 1 billion active users.”

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This isn’t something we don’t know, it is very obvious as because one people envy when they observing others doing something better than them. Even accepting former partners as Facebook friends may lead to depression.

American Academy of Pediatrics in 2011 defined “Facebook depression” as a “depression that develops when preteens and teens spend a great deal of time on social media sites, such as Facebook, and then begin to exhibit classic symptoms of depression.”

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The study found out that depression related to that with online social networking is very complex and it is linked with factors like, age, gender etc. In fact, people with neurotic personalities get more depressed than others.

That being said, the researchers also believe that online activity can also help people to come out of depression who all use it to enhance social support.

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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Anonymous Ads on Facebook Influenced 10 Million British Voters

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election

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This photo shows the logo for Facebook on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. VOA

An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.

According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) panel into fake news.

“In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers,” said the report.

“This advertising is designed to specifically influence MPs,” 89up said.

All that is known about the campaign is what can be found on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

“Going by the name Mainstream Network, the group writes and publishes news stories on its website with an almost exclusively pro-Brexit slant, shared on its social media accounts,” the report added.

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Anonymous Facebook ads urged nearly 10 mn British voters to oppose Brexit. IANS

“Over the last couple of weeks, I received a flood of about 50 emails – some quite abusive – urging me to ‘chuck Chequers’ and vote for out-and-out Brexit,” Labour MP Paul Farrelly was quoted as saying

The news comes at a time when Facebook is reeling under a couple of massive data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million users earlier this year.

Facebook says it has set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads — now available in the US and Brazil — to the UK and India by March 2019.

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With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad.

Facebook has also set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.

Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election. (IANS)