Warning over ‘sadfishing’ as children seek solace online

Schoolchildren seeking solace online are being affected by the latest toxic social media trend – “sadfishing”, warns a new report. Youngsters are being accused of attention-seeking after sharing details about personal issues online in search of support, it says. “Sadfishing” has been used to describe when someone posts about an emotional problem in an attempt…

China now a ‘global disinformation superpower’, say researchers

China has become a major player in global social media manipulation campaigns, researchers say, amid an overall increase in the number of countries sharing misinformation online. According to the Oxford Internet Institute, organised social media manipulation has more than doubled since 2017, with 70 countries using computational propaganda to manipulate public opinion. The report says…