April 2019

We are living in 2018 and it is obvious that technology has become a huge aspect of our everyday lives. The simplistic design of smartphones, apps, and social media has made them a key component in our day to day routine, from staying in contact with friends and family, keeping up to date with the news and current affairs, to providing us with travel information and apps to plan our journeys for us. We are dependent on them. Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, said in the 2018 Facebook conference that Facebook prioritises its users, and his original intention was to make the world a better place by connecting people, despite the controversy that has arisen and been in the media recently about Facebook. In a lot of ways he has achieved his goal. As of July 2018, Facebook has over 2,196 million active users, according to statist. Facebook really does bring us closer to people from all over the world and provides a platform for social injustices and issues to be heard. Through Facebook and other social media sites, posts can go viral. This was the case with Elin Ersson, a 23 year old Swedish university student. On the 24th July, she started a live stream video on her personal Facebook page in an attempt to stop a man being deported back to Afghanistan. Elin knew that the man was likely to be killed if he were to go back to Afghanistan due to the ongoing war in the country. She desperately wanted to do all that she could to save his life and encouraged her fellow passengers to do the same by simply standing up. After initially receiving backlash from other passengers and flight attendants, she was eventually supported and succeeded in her efforts. The video she started live on her personal Facebook page has