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'Switch off phones and social media' video goes viral

A video that calls on people to switch off their mobile phones and reduce their use of social media has gone viral. The five-minute film, called ‘Look Up’ was posted on YouTube on April 25 and already has more than 22 million views.

The film was created by Gary Turk who called it “a spoken word film for an online generation”. It aims to show how overusing phones and social media are having a negative effect on personal relationships.

Government 'to urge social networks to crack down'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller is to challenge social media companies "pro-actively" police their sites and remove offensive and dangerous posts, the Daily Mail reports.

It follows the death of 15-year-old Tallulah Wilson who threw herself in front of a train in 2012 after sharing self-harm images with her 18,000 followers on the Tumblr social network.

The Culture Secretary will unveil a new measure at this week's Cabinet meeting, the report says, and plans to confront internet companies at a conference in the next few weeks.

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