Hello everyone! We’re back for another weekly roundup of the latest digital news. From Ninja’s Twitter rant against Twitch, to Israel Folau’s social media blackout, we bring you the latest from the digital coalface.
Ninja v Twitch
If this headline means nothing to you, you’re clearly over 25 years old. But the big news of the last 24 hours is that Tyler “Ninja” Bevins, the Fortnight streamer, is seriously annoyed with Twitch. He took to Twitter to air his grievances last night. He ditched his Twitch account, which had over 14 million followers, and jumped ship to rival platform Mixer. Twitch have taken the unusual step of promoting a feed of Fortnite channels via his unused profile. Unfortunately, the top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography. You can find more information via Cnet.
Israel Folau deletes his social media ahead of hearing
Folau is contesting the termination of his employment by Rugby Australia after a message posted on his Instagram page in April was deemed to have constituted a high level breach of his contract. The 73-cap Australia international posted a Bible passage that said all homosexuals, among other people, are destined for Hell.
It seems either Folau, or his legal team, have deleted his Instagram and Twitter accounts ahead of his trial. You could argue that the damage has already been done. Folau is contesting his sacking because he feels he should be allowed to make comments because of his religious beliefs.
We find this one really disturbing. The US Government are now requesting your social media usernames, email addresses and phone numbers as part of the application process for a visa. In the past, it was only people felt worthy of extra scrutiny who were asked for the extra information. Now, it’ll be approximately 15 million people.
Social media isn’t causing a rise in eating disorders
Academics at Swansea University have undertaken a study on the use of social media and its impact on eating disorders. The perhaps surprising news is that it apparently doesn’t, though the data is tricky to unpick.
Eating disorders recorded in primary care are nearly 11 times more common in females than males and twice as common in people aged 16–20 years old, than in the 11-15 or 21-24 age groups. They are also one and a half times as common in people from the most affluent areas compared to the least.
How much time do you spend on social media?
Social Media Today have published some data on the amount of time people use social media. This is relevant, as the US Government are considering measures to curb usage. In what will come as absolutely no surprise, people are spending more time than ever staring at their smartphones in 2019. The big news is that people spend at least two and a half hours A DAY on social media.