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Election week: the policy-issues opinion gap between social media and news

Climate change and tax are the two topics receiving the most discussion in both the news and social media in the final week of the election campaign, according to analysis by media monitoring firm Meltwater. But their ordering is different across the platforms, with social media most interested in climate change, while news media focus most on tax. What people ... Read More »

From Savior To Suppressor: Can Democracy Survive Social Media?

Facebook logo. (JOEL SAGET/AFP/Getty Images) GETTY In today’s world of misinformation, disinformation, “fake news” and foreign influence, it can be hard to imagine there was once a time when social media was viewed as the ultimate platform through which Western democracy would wash upon the world. As autocracies across the Middle East fell, the press lavished praise upon the social ... Read More »

R.I.P. to the Top 10 Failed Social Media Sites

There’s no doubt social media has changed so many lives – not just in America, but throughout the entire world. Communication, no matter how far away someone else may be (as long as they have a decent internet connection ), has become easier than ever. Marketing has evolved in ways few people expected it to, too. And yet, social media platforms ... Read More »

Politicians call for crackdown on social media ‘toxic swamp’ after mosque shooting

Facebook has been accused of “going missing” when it comes to fighting hate speech and playing an “unrestricted role” in terrorist attacks, following two mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand on Friday. The comments come from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the country’s opposition leader Bill Shorten, who have not held back in criticising the role technology companies have ... Read More »

New social media challenge encouraging teens to disappear

There was the Tide Pod Challenge followed by the Bird Box Challenge and now the latest challenge circulating on social media has police and parents concerned. It’s called the “48-Hour Missing Challenge,” and it’s just that. Teenagers are encouraging each other to go missing for 48 hours. The goal is to see if a missing post for them shows up ... Read More »

Social media lawyer warns on crime posts

DURBAN – A Durban lawyer who specialises in social media law has cautioned against the public sharing posts identifying alleged offenders before they appear in court. The advice from Verlie Oosthuizen, the head of social media law at Shepstone & Wylie, comes after a Facebook post regarding a 31-year-old Verulam woman who allegedly dumped her newborn baby went viral on ... Read More »

House group to consolidate bills seeking to regulate social media

The panel, chaired by Tarlac Rep. Victor Yap, sought to consolidate House Bills 4093, and 5021, authored by Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Teves Jr. and former Speaker and Davao del Norte Rep. Pantaleon “Bebot” Alvarez, respectively. Teves, author of HB 4093, said his bill calls for a mandatory authentication process for all social media and other similar online accounts. “It ... Read More »

Social Media Is Taking The Store: 3 Surprising Reasons Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify Are Into Retail

AFP/Getty ImagesGetty This is what several social media networks seem to think. Platforms from Snapchat to Facebook have been investing in retail to capture broader consumer interest and, apparently, boost revenue and followers. Here’s what some social platforms are trying, and why it matters to shoppers. The Sound of Brew-sic Starbucks in 2015 integrated the Spotify mobile app with the ... Read More »

Social media etiquette

It seems like only yesterday I was worried one of my children would blurt out something like “You’re old!” to some random granny at the grocery store who sweetly glanced their way, or maybe show the deli lady the booger they just picked. Now, half their peers have Snapchat and still don’t know much better. Let’s dive in. Back in ... Read More »

US Congress Spars Over Social Media Filtering; Companies Skip Hearing

HIGHLIGHTS Republicans suggested that content from conservatives are being censored Lawmakers agreed tech companies must remove illegal content Members differed on whether objectionable content should be removed Democrats and Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Thursday sparred over the role of social media platforms Facebook, Google and Twitter in filtering content after representatives of the tech companies skipped a hearing. Republicans repeatedly suggested at ... Read More »