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Why Kate Moss steers clear of social media and selfies

It’s a Monday afternoon and I’m asking Kate Moss why she thinks she’s stayed at the top for so long. “I don’t consider myself a rule breaker,” she tells me. “I just follow my instincts and there’s absolutely no agenda. It helps that I still really enjoy modelling, even after all these years.” “From the beginning, photographers always got me to take my clothes off, even though I don’t like my body at all.” Photo: Australscope Kate is at her modelling agency in Soho, London – the Kate Moss Agency, that is,…

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Daisy Ridley: Social media is bad for mental health

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says becoming famous made her delete her social media. The 25-year-old, who stars as Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, quit Instagram earlier this year. In an interview with Radio Times, she says she did it because of how bad it is for mental health. Ridley says: “The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health.” She adds: “It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should…

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Social media rises to Taylor Swift fan's challenge to name a 'badder bitch'

Last month, a Taylor Swift fan sent out a challenge to the people of Twitter. It was not a particularly difficult challenge, but it’s one that women in particular have taken up in the weeks since, with a good sprinkling of zest.  The challenge, presented by Twitter user @xnulz alongside a fiercely defiant still from the video for the pop star’s latest hit single, Reputation, was thus: “Name a bitch badder than Taylor Swift.”  The internet’s collective response? Challenge accepted. The tweet, originally posted on November 9, has since gathered more than 6600…

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Under-age social media use 'on the rise', says Ofcom

Half of children aged 11 and 12 have a social media profile, despite most platforms’ minimum age being 13, a study from regulator Ofcom suggests. Children’s charity the NSPCC called on the government to act on the issue of under-age profiles. The media watchdog also said children were increasingly getting their news from social media, but most were aware of the concept of fake news. Just 32% believed that news accessed on such platforms was reported truthfully. Ofcom’s Children and Parents Media Use and Attitudes report found that 46% of…

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Jack Maynard: When stars' social media posts come back to haunt them

YouTube star Jack Maynard and rapper Stormzy are the latest celebrities to discover that ill-judged and offensive things they said years ago on social media can come back to damage their reputations and possibly their careers. Virtually every celebrity breaking through today – certainly all those who are as big on YouTube as Jack Maynard is – will owe at least part of their success to social media. But, as Maynard has discovered, living your life online means opinions you expressed years ago can resurface when you least expect it….

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Social media giants have 'moral duty' to tackle child abuse

Social media giants must do more to stop child sexual exploitation, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has said. Writing in the Sun on Sunday, Ms Rudd said the companies have a “moral duty” to go “further and faster” in their efforts to tackle the abuse. She is to meet counterparts in the US government to discuss the issue during a trip to Washington this week. The tech companies have said they are doing their utmost to keep their young users safe. ‘Absolute urgency’ During Ms Rudd’s trip she will attend a…

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Anna Wintour is 'most powerful woman' in media

Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is the most powerful woman in media and entertainment, according to Forbes magazine. Dame Anna has earned a reputation as one of fashion’s most influential, and formidable, commentators. The famous fashion boss is also the artistic director of Vogue’s publisher Conde Nast. She is joined on the prestigious list by the likes of Beyonce, Taylor Swift and JK Rowling. Forbes compiles the annual list based on money earned, media mentions and general influence. But why is Dame Anna top of the tree? Media analyst Alice Enders…

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