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A young woman has taken to Facebook to pay tribute to the passerby who intervened after she was assaulted on Grafton Street on Monday morning.

Becky Ni Uuinseann took to social media to outline the details of the incident which occurred at approximately 8am.

"To the guy who helped me this morning …. thank you! I never asked your name or even for your details to say thank you and I'm putting it down to shock, but maybe this might reach you somehow," she began her post.

"This morning between 7:50 and 8:05 I was attacked on Grafton street. Some guy in his 40s grabbed me and was screaming in my face while throwing digs," Becky told her followers.

While she attempted to defend herself, Becky confirmed that the passerby who intervened bore the brunt of the man's assault.

"I managed to block him but couldn't get away and only 1 person got involved and helped me get free. I'm positive he took the brunt of it once he got involved."

"Once free he walked me most of the way to work before heading on his way," Becky continued.

"If you're going through town please be careful. The guy was big and definitely was not speaking English. Please be careful and maybe take 1 ear phone out! This was broad daylight while everyone was on their way to work!"

Speaking to The Independent, Becky confirmed that she has reported the incident to the Gardaí, saying: "They couldn't have been more helpful."

"They told me that not enough people report these things. No matter how small you may think the incident is you really should report it because usually these people are known to the guards."

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In a rather unorthodox new method aimed at combating the issue of revenge porn, Facebook has asked it's Australian users to upload their own explicit photographs.

And while this might sound dodgy AF – it actually makes a lot of sense.

The technology has been designed for people who may be concerned that an ex-partner might post their intimate images to Facebook, Instagram or Messenger after the relationship has ended. 

According to The Guardian, it works by converting the privately uploaded images into a “digital fingerprint,” which can then be used to block any attempt to re-upload the same photograph.

The system has been launched in partnership with an Australian government agency headed up by the e-safety commissioner, Julia Inman Grant.

Speaking to ABC, she said: “We see many scenarios where maybe photos or videos were taken consensually at one point, but there was not any sort of consent to send the images or videos more broadly.”

The pilot scheme, which is currently being rolled out on a trail basis, will see users complete an online form on the e-safety commissioner's website.

After the concern has been formally submitted, Facebook will be notified and a community operations analyst will put measures in place to prevent any re-appearance of the image. 

Facebook will then store these images for a short period of time before deleting them to ensure it is enforcing the policy correctly.

Australia is one of four countries participating in this test trial, however a spokeswoman for the social media company said it plans to explore additional partners and countries.

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Let’s be honest: we’ve all been there.

In the days, weeks and months before word lands that you’re an official couple, you and the guy you’re dating dance a merry dance on a foundation of mixed messages, perceived slights and confusing commentary.

And who do you turn to during this time? Your BFF, obviously.

Calling on her to decipher text messages, analyse conversations and provide support while you watch him from a distance, your wingwoman is made seriously work during this time.

And if anyone can do justice to this limbo land, it’s Emma Doran.

Taking to Facebook with a video which frankly looks like it was taken directly out of our own life stories, the comic illustrates the lengths we’ll go to figure out exactly where we stand with the guy we swiped right with.

Ladies, take a look at this.

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If you regularly remove hair from your body with the help of a razor, you'll be all too aware that commercials advertising the practice rarely reflect the reality.

Indeed, many ads would have you believe a shaving session takes place by candle light while other suggest the presence of body hair isn't even a prerequisite for the endeavour.

Considering this outdated approach, Friction Free Shaving decided to create an ad which offers a more realistic portrayal of the practice, complete with lack of balance, uncoordinated moves and oodles of patience.

And Facebook has banned it.

The ad, which features a naked woman whose breasts and genitalia are concealed beneath two green swatches, is an ode to the reality of your standard shaving session, so it's unsurprising those behind it are outraged by Facebook's decision to remove it.

"We wanted to move away from traditional and outdated women’s shaving ads that are over-glamourised, sexualised and unrealistic," co-founder Briar Keen explained to Designtaxi in the aftermath of the corporation's decision.

"We don’t think that a woman shaving is anything to be ashamed of and find it sexist and deeply offensive that Facebook has banned our ad on these grounds."

Facebook have argued that users may be offended by the 'adult nature' of the advertisement – an argument which Briar refutes by highlighting the amount of support the ad had thus far received.

"We know a lot of women will agree with us, so we are calling on them to support us by watching our video in full at ffs.co.uk and sharing our story on their social media channels."

Want to see what all the fuss is about? Take a look here…

 

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On Thursday morning, news broke that a man, who had been sleeping rough just yards from Dublin's most affluent shopping street, had been found dead.

Jack Watson, who had been a resident of Apollo House late last year, was found outside the Superdry store on Suffolk Street in the early hours of the morning, and was transferred to St James Hospital.

Jack's death, and the two which followed in Co Kildare and Co Cork just days after, has, understandably, devastated charities who seek to help the vulnerable in our nation's cities.

Taking to Facebook in the aftermath of Jack's passing, charity, Hope in the Darkness, articulated its anger, and paid a moving tribute to a man who was 'simply down on his luck.'

"Sadness is far from the only emotion being felt, we are angry!" began the post which has amassed considerable traction over the weekend.

"Angry that our fellow human beings are being forced to sleep out on the streets because there is either no emergency beds available or the beds being offered are unsuitable. 206 rough sleepers were counted the other night."

"This is unacceptable on so many levels. The powers that be will lead everyone to believe there's a bed available on any given night for anyone who rings the freephone. Take it from us this is lies!"

"Many a night we leave the GPO and say goodnight to our pals after witnessing them being denied a bed. Off they go to pick a doorway to bed down in, lay down their bit of cardboard, roll out their sleeping bag and stash their worldly goods down the bottom of it in the hope they won't be stolen."

"Imagine closing your eyes and trying to drift off to sleep, but worrying will you be left in peace for a few hours to rest your weary body or will you be kicked, pissed on, set on fire or sexually assaulted tonight. This is the sad reality of life on the streets for an ever increasing number of people each night."

 

Desperate to illustrate the reality of the homelessness crisis in Dublin, the people behind Hope in the Darkness, continued: "For those who get offered an emergency bed it's like playing Russian Roulette with your personal safety – often your sobriety can be compromised."

"The hostels are rampant with drug use. To anyone fresh out of treatment or working a programme taking a bed in a hostel could quite literally mean life or death. Watching someone else using drugs can be too much of a temptation at times and cause them to relapse/slip. Safe drug free well monitored beds are needed and needed fast!"

Reflecting on Jack's tragic passing, the charity sought to remove the perception the general public may have of the homeless they now see on a daily basis.

"Jack was not a drug user, just a man down on his luck as can happen to anyone of us at any time in our lives. His sleeping bag became his body bag," they wrote.

"A gentleman and talented chef who cooked up a storm for residents and volunteers alike as he spent Christmas safe off the streets in Apollo House."

"Would he still be alive if Apollo House were still up and running, I believe so. You now have a forever bed in heaven Jack."

The powerful post has been liked and shared hundreds of times, with social media users deriding the government for its approach to the homeless and vulnerable in our capital city.

"Disgraceful that this has happened, the country is falling on its knees and the government don't CARE," wrote one while another added: "People cannot afford to live and the government don't care and there will be another economic crash."

If you want to assist with the work Hope in the Darkness do for the capital's homeless and vulnerable, keep an eye on their Facebook page for upcoming events including food drives and sleepovers.

Feature Image: Geza Oravecz Photography

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So, at this stage we're all well aware of the negative impact social media can have on our mental health.

Whether we're drooling over someone else's lunch, or pining after that leather jacket we'll never be able to afford, a quick scroll through our social feeds can sometimes leave us feeling, well, just a bit fed up really.

However, new research has shown that a five-minute Facebook session could actually boost your self-esteem.

For the study, led by Dr Zaheer Hussein, Lecturer in Psychology at Derby University, 163 participants, aged between 18 – 24, were asked to complete a survey before and after a short scroll through Facebook.

Results showed that a person's stress level played a huge part in how they conducted the social media session, with higher stress levels leading to more intense use.

What's more, researchers found a 'significant' increase in self-esteem when participants used the social network for five-minutes, once a day.

Dr Hussain said: “A five-minute Facebook session can immediately result in increased levels of self-esteem. This may be because users who browsed their close friends, chatted with them, or viewed positive content on social networking sites would display a momentary increase in self-esteem.”

Basically, five-minutes is the optimum time for a feel-good scroll, because after that, you're likely to get sucked thorugh a spiralling wormhole only to reappear two hours hours later, halfway through a photo album your ex uploaded in 2014 – which, let's face it, isn't a good look for anyone.

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Sometimes we go on Facebook and blindly scroll through our feed.

By now, a lot of our Facebook friends are either people who were in our transition year class in secondary school, or our mum's aunt's best friend.

Yes, we have a real friends on there too, but how often do you commincate with them solely through the site?

Well, according to new research, we're all on Facebook just to judge each other.

Linguistics lecturers Philip Seargeant and Caroline Tagg wanted to inviestigate “incidents where online communication has gone awry – where people have accidentally given offence, or been offended by what other people have written or shared”.

They surveryed 100 FB users and found that the majority of people continue to use the site even though it often annoys them.

However, instead of confronting the users that are annoying you, many preferred to “silently watch them – and perhaps even take pleasure from judging them”. Eeek!

The study, which was published in The Conversationist, saw that as well as being provoked by extremist or ill-informed views (homophobia, racism, etc), people are also annoyed by the users who share their daily routines or constantly self-promote themselves.

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The researchers found that many Facebook users simply don't de-friend an annoying person because it would complicate real-life friendships.

“None of the people in the study, however, said that they’d reduced their use of Facebook because of the frequent offence they experienced from using it,” said Philip and Caroline.

“Logging onto Facebook gives you the chance to be indignantly offended (or maybe just mildly piqued) by other people’s ill-informed views and idiosyncratic behaviour.

"And there’s a surprising amount of pleasure in that,” they concluded.

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Emma Watson has taken to social media to appeal to the public for help in locating three silver rings which she lost during a recent trip to a London spa.

The Harry Potter actress shared shots of the rings and explained that they are of enormous sentimental value.

"Reward for information leading to the return of rings lost Sunday 16th July at Mandarin Oriental Spa, London," she began the Facebook post which has been liked more than 38,000 times in mere hours.

"On Sunday afternoon I went for a treatment at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Spa in Hyde Park, London. Before my appointment I removed 3 silver rings from my fingers and put them in the safe inside the locker. When I left, I forgot to take my rings from the safe."

"When I got home I realised the rings were not on my hands and I called the spa, but at this time the spa was closed. Security checked the safe and said there was nothing in it but that the spa would be open again in the morning and they could speak to them then and see if they had them or if anyone had handed them in."

27-year-old Emma opened up about the story behind one of the rings in an effort to highlight their personal importance.

"As of now they are missing. Were these just any rings I could accept this, but one of the them was a gift from my Mum. She bought it the day after I was born and wore it for 18 years, never taking it off, and then gave it to me for my 18th birthday. I wear this ring everyday, it is my most meaningful and special possession."

Urging her fans and followers to spread the word, the much-loved actress insisted that she would be happy to move on and forget the incident if it meant the jewellery could be safely returned to her.

"If anyone was at the Mandarin Oriental Spa on Sunday from 3pm onwards and saw the rings or accidentally picked them up or knows anything about them, I cannot express how much it would mean if they came back to me – no questions asked. If you have seen them or have any information please email: findthering@outlook.com."

Fans and followers of the British actress have responded in their droves, with many recalling Emma speaking about her rings in the past.

"I remember you talking about this ring in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel Live promoting Beauty and the Beast, you said that this ring inspired the pinky ring you wore in the film. I sincerely hope the rings are returned to you safe and sound," they wrote.

We're with them.

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We've all been there. Saturday night, not a word from anyone all day, when all of a sudden your phone lights up.

You immediately start planning your outfit and gearing up for the night ahead – but oh wait, it's just Domino's Pizza again.

Is there anything anything more disappointing?

Well, one Cork lad has decided that enough is enough, and although he loves Domino's deeply, the constant texts have got to stop.

Seán Fogarty took to his local branch's Facebook page to let them down easy.

“Look. What had was incredible that night  but i cant see you anymore (sic). I want you to know i love and respect you but im seeing someone else now,” he wrote.

And the plot thickens.

“I know i said don't worry about them but i have to be honest now. Im seeing Apache Pizza Ballyvolane. They make me feel special. But what we had was special too and ill cherish it always. <3 its not you, its me, and my wallet.”

But, determined to be the bigger person, Domino's waited until emotions had settled before dishing out the most brilliant response.

“Dearest Seán. It has taken me a while to write back, because I just couldn't bring myself to reach out to you again, knowing you would only break my heart even further. But I can stay silent no more,” they began.

“The time we shared… it really was special. I had no idea you were seeing someone else… that you had a bit on the side. I'll admit… it hurt. A lot. Especially hearing who you were cheating on me with.

“Do they give you as many toppings as I did? Do they knead your dough as long and as lovingly as I did? Do they taste as good as I do?”

“On second thought, forget I asked. I don't want to know. It would hurt me too much to hear the answers.

“I'll admit, I was tempted to beg you to take me back. Surely once you saw how much I needed you you would rethink things. But no. I won't beg. I will respect your decision and try to move on with my life.

“Hopefully someday I will find someone who held me like you did, who enjoyed me as much as you did. Someone who loves me for who I am – a steaming hot dish, crispy on the outside yet soft on the inside, cheesy af, sometimes spicy, sometimes not, who wants nothing more than to be loved and touched and devoured intensely.

“I believe that person does exist, and they will love me more than you ever did”.

But of course, like all great break-ups, Domino's finished with a little dig:

“Best of luck with your bit on the side – and don't be calling me at 2am when you get sick of her or when she disappoints you, because I'll probably be busy with someone else. #MovingOn #PepperoniPassion#BreakUpsAreHard”

You'll bounce back Domions – we got you! 

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So, they say if Facebook was a country, it would be the third most populated in the world – and with over 2 billion active users, the stats certainly add up.

Many people across the globe use Facebook as a means of connecting with friends, family and even businesses, and the community is growing more and more every day.

And now, it looks like social network wants to bring the online community into the real world with the construction of its very own town.

Last Thursday, the social network site revealed plans for a massive construction project at its Menlo Park, California corporate campus, which will include housing, retail stores and a hotel.

The 56-acre site is located directly across the road from Facebook's headquarters and will offer 1.6 million square feet of housing.

In a blog post about the proposed development, Facebook described the project as a “mixed-use village”, that will provide residents with housing,transportation and other amenities.

“We plan to build 125,000 square feet of new retail space, including a grocery store, pharmacy and additional community-facing retail,” a spokesperson said.

It's estimated that the project will take 10 years to build, with developers hoping the initial phase will be completed in the first half of 2021.

Most of the housing will likely go to Facebook employees, though it is thought that empty units will be made available to the general public.

“Part of our vision is to create a neighbourhood centre that provides long-needed community services,” Facebook wrote.

The plans have been presented to the City of Menlo Park, although the approval process is expected to take about two years.

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Ever find yourself in town with no place to rest your bum and check your WhatsApp messages?

Having no data when you're out and about can be super annoying, especially when you're trying to get hold of your mates.

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Well, Facebook is about to change all that with its latest feature.

The new feature means you will be able to see all of the nearest cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops that have free Wi-Fi.

That means you can grab a coffee while checking those dreaded emails and catch up with your mates.

Check out the video above to see how you can use it.

Companies will have to add their details to the app first, but once everyone is set up, it should be full to the brim with choices.

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So, despite our constant jokes and straight up rejection, many men still seem to think it's perfectly ok to send women unsolicited intimate photos.

But as we know, that is not always the case. 

One woman has come up with a rather daring way to combat the problem – send the picture to their mother.

Like many woman, Rebecca McGregor was sick of being sent unwanted snaps from eager men, so much show that her Instagram bio now reads, “Do not ask for/send me nudes”.

And as one man recently found out, she was serious about her request.

After receiving a nude photograph from someone called Glenn on Snapchat, Rebecca took a screenshot of the conversation, found his mother on Facebook, and sent it to her, along with the message:

“Hey doll, I see you're listed at [sic] Glenn's mother? I think you need to have a chat with your son on how to approach women – see attached xx”

Now, we'll be the first to say that she could have gone about this a different way and perhaps contacting his mother wasn't completely necessary, but you've got to give it to her, the girl's got guts.

Rebecca then uploaded the picture to Facebook (again, not a great move), and the post now has over 4,000 reactions, 1,000 comments and 1,000 shares.

It seems many people assume Rebecca is asking to receive unwanted images because of her career as a lingerie photographer and boudoir model, but as we can see, this couldn't be further from the truth.

She then followed up with two more screenshots showing examples of the types of messages she is sent on a regular basis.

“Don’t complain when they get sent to your fam because you didn’t listen to me,” she wrote. 

“So the only other option I have left is to have your fam speak to you and educate if not re-educate you that when someone says NO it means NO.”

Of course, not everyone was on board with the in which Rebecca chose to teach this man a lesson. 

One user wrote,  "Glenn’s mum didn't deserve this, no one deserves this, and the condescending way you spoke to her was quite frankly disgusting."

And they've got a point to be fair. 

There are many lessons to be learned here:

No.1 – It's never cool to send someone an unwanted picture, especially when they've specifcially said no.

N0.2 – Sending said picture to someone's mother and posting it online to for the world to see, isn't much better. 

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