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Out-of-context photos are a powerful low-tech form of misinformation

Images without context or presented with text that misrepresents what they show can be a powerful tool of misinformation, especially since photos make statements seem more believable.
Research by Relationships Australia released in 2018 revealed one in six Australians experience emotional loneliness, which means they lack meaningful relationships in their lives. SHUTTERSTOCK

Does social media make us more or less lonely? Depends on how you use it

There is heavy social media use among both the most lonely and least lonely people. So what exactly is the relationship between social media use and loneliness?
Humans are barraged by digital media 24/7. Is it a problem? Bruce Rolff/Shutterstock.com

Screen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrong

Most of us spend hours each day glued to some type of screen for work or play. But is that a bad thing? Has anyone got the data to figure it out? Now is the time for 'The Human Screenome Project.'
Facebook announced Jan. 6 it will remove videos edited to mislead in ways that ‘aren’t apparent to an average person,’ and are the product of artificial intelligence or machine learning. Here, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a hearing at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Oct. 23, 2019. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Deepfakes: Informed digital citizens are the best defence against online manipulation

The abilities to detect and analyze deepfake videos is of the utmost urgency. Deepfakes are a serious threat to people's security and our democratic institutions.
Facebook’s initiative places the company in a complicated situation, as increased user privacy, while positive, could come with potential impunity for offenders. SHUTTERSTOCK

Facebook’s push for end-to-end encryption is good news for user privacy, as well as terrorists and paedophiles

Facebook is planning to put end-to-end encryption on all its messaging services soon. But governments aren't happy about it, as it could make it harder to catch criminals.
Ugandan opposition politician Bobi Wine takes a selfie with Zimbabwe’s opposition leader Nelson Chamisa Aaron Ufumeli/EPA-EFE

Politics and fashion: the rise of the red beret

Bobi Wine in Uganda does it; so do the Economic Freedom Fighters in South Africa. The red beret is worn to signify the revolutionary. Its power lies in a symbolism that combines art and politics.
Participants at the Montréal Pride Celebrations a decade ago. Researchers say there is an overemphasis on muscular and ‘masculine’ bodies in gay communities. Shutterstock

10-year Challenge reveals femmephobia in gay communities

For many gay men, social media and dating apps are hotbeds of body image struggles and rising toxic masculinity -- the recent '10-year-challenge' on Instagram showcases this femmephobia.
Anthony Albanese has also criticised the government for attacking freedom of the press and the right to protest. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Albanese accuses Facebook of shrugging off fakery

In this third "vision statement", the Labor leader has condemned online platforms for being unwilling to filter out false information.

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