Cutouts depicting Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wearing ‘Fix Fakebook’ displayed on Capitol Hill on April 10, 2018.
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The Communications Decency Act was passed in 1996, seven years before the debut of MySpace. It helped online publishing grow – and to escape consequences for the way users might be harmed.
Facebook’s actions – or inactions – facilitated breaches of privacy and human rights associated with democratic governance.
Human rights abuses might be embedded in the business model that has evolved for social media companies in their second decade.
Technology can help identify hate speech online, but it’s not a silver bullet solution.
New laws, new tools and new research is required to combat the rise in online hate. That means both regulating social media companies, and making use of technology to help measure compliance.
The negative effects of social media have pushed tech companies to take more responsibility for the health of their users.
Critics want social media platforms regulated like Big Tobacco, but our research shows that their impact on your health depends on how you use them.
NRA TV’s content focuses on ideology rather than guns.
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Gun control advocates want to shut down the National Rifle Association's online video channel, NRA TV. A scholar looks at what its videos are actually about.
New, extreme levels of censorship in Turkey could lead to waves of digital activism by tech-savvy generations.
YouTuber Logan Paul and his Mum. He gave her US$10,000 cash for Christmas.
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Will YouTube's new ad rules close down niche vlogs?
Increasing the public's awareness of mental health issues rings hollow when vital services are crumbling.
YouTube celebrity Chrissy Chambers has won damages in a landmark revenge porn case. But not all victims of such abuse will have her means.
Tide pods: neither delicious, nor nutritious.
Eating laundry detergent capsules online is not the fault of the younger generation. In modern society, attention is power.
When relationships turn sour, revenge porn can be used as a devastating weapon.
For too long, social media companies – with their scale and reach – have assisted revenge porn perpetrators. At last, the law is catching up.
The male beauty business is booming.
Male makeup is set to be the next big beauty trend, but what impact will this have on men's self-esteem?
YouTube vlogger Logan Paul posted and then removed a video depicting an apparent suicide victim.
A robust and enforceable code is needed for online services to design sites and apps in a way that is appropriate for different age groups.
YouTube has been under fire for exposing kids to harmful content. How can you keep your children safe and what are some safe viewing options?
YouTube has been under fire for exposing kids to harmful content and recently announced new measures but these don't go far enough. Here are some suggestions that would make a real difference.
Players of video game
Star Wars Battlefront II can emulate a dogfight from the new film Star Wars: The Last Jedi in TIE and X-wing fighters.
Star Wars Battlefront II, which lets you play parts of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, ignited debate among gamers, industry and governments that may change how video games are played and make money.
Clips of Peppa Pig on YouTube aren’t always what you expect them to be.
More than 300 hours of content are uploaded to YouTube every minute - and many children's clips are unauthorised, sneaky or even disturbing. Being aware is the first step.
Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do.
MTV may not be the power house it used to be but the music video is flourishing online.
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We're told VR will let distant audiences experience live shows from the comfort of their living room – but what if no one goes anymore?
YouTube stars Zoella and PewDiePie.
Old-fashioned gender stereotypes are rife on YouTube.
RackaRacka, a sketch channel on YouTube, have been called Australia’s most successful content creators.
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Online video is flourishing in Australia with very little government attention. Content creators like Youtube channel RackaRacka are getting millions of viewers, numbers the traditional screen industry can only dream of.