There are now over 3 billion social media users in the world — about 40 percent of the global population

There are now over 3 billion (!!!) people logging onto social media accounts around the world, meaning that almost half of the world’s population spends at least part of their day updating their status or story.  A new report compiled by Hootsuite and We Are Social and published by The Next Web found that there[…]

Facebook Live introduces closed captions for deaf and hard of hearing users

Facebook just got a little more accessible for deaf and hard of hearing users. The social media giant is adding closed captioning capabilities to its Live product, USA Today reported Tuesday, allowing viewers to see automatically generated captions on broadcasts that show up in their News Feeds. To see the captions, both publishers and viewers[…]

Twitter is incorrectly guessing the gender of trans users — and they aren’t having it

Transgender Twitter users aren’t here for the platform’s gendered assumptions. And they sure aren’t hesitating to make that known. Here’s the deal: Twitter released a new set of tools on May 17 which allow users to see and control the data advertisers use to target ads on the social media platform. While the move was[…]

Twitter users finding hope in ‘badass’ national parks

In the first few days of the Donald Trump presidency, National Park Service Twitter accounts have emerged as small but shining spots of hope for the anti-Trump crowd.  Multiple parks accounts have deleted tweets since Trump became president, after having sent tweets into the world that were seemingly against the administration’s wishes.  SEE ALSO: The[…]

These simple badges are helping social media users talk about mental illness

People living with mental illness and other invisible conditions are fighting stigma head-on, thanks to a new social media campaign. A collection of simple online badges, created by 28-year-old mental health advocate Kat Selwyn Layton from North Carolina, features declarative statements about mental health on colorful backgrounds. Called #EndTheStigma, the campaign lets users post the[…]