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Are you being manipulated by Facebook? Psychologist reveals the tricks social networks use to get you addicted, and how to take back control

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It can be hard to resist the lure of Facebook.
Social media sites such as this aren't just a way to catch up with friends, but also a tool to affirm our identities - and for many using them has become an addiction.
In an article for The Conversation, Simon McCarthy-Jones, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychology and Neuropsychology at Trinity College Dublin, looks at how these sites are manipulating our behaviour, and how we can take back control.

Facebook Made a Messenger App for Kids as Young as 6 & Parents Are Getting Heated

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Kids are growing up faster and faster these days, but what is the right age for children to enter the sometimes dangerous world of social media?

Well, according to Facebook, it's sooner than we think. The company just rolled out a new app called Messenger Kids that will cater to kiddos as young as 6 years old, and parents are not having it.
The app will work similarly to Snapchat, and it allows kids to send videos, texts, and photos to parent-approved contacts.

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Tech Giants, Once Seen as Saviors, Are Now Viewed as Threats

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SAN FRANCISCO — At the start of this decade, the Arab Spring blossomed with the help of social media. That is the sort of story the tech industry loves to tell about itself: It is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind.

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Facebook DOWN - Social networking site not working for hundreds of users

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UPDATE ONE: The issues affecting Facebook today seem to have been resolved.

Reports on Down Detector of the service being down has fallen from more than 1,600 to just 22.

ORIGINAL: Facebook is down with hundreds of users across the globe saying the social networking giant’s site is not working today.

Independent website Down Detector has received reports from hundreds of Facebook users saying the service isn’t working.

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