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In a news cycle full of clownish characters and outrageous rhetoric, it’s no wonder satire isn’t fully registering with a lot of readers. Ozger Sarikaya/Shutterstock.com

Too many people think satirical news is real

You might see a headline from The Onion or The Babylon Bee and, for a split second, think it's true. But many social media users don't get the joke – and share these articles as if they're real.
‘Google and Facebook are global companies, headquartered in the US, for whom Australia is a significant but relatively small market.’ Shutterstock/Roman Pyshchyk

Australian media regulators face the challenge of dealing with global platforms Google and Facebook

Google and Facebook attract plenty of users and advertising dollars in Australia, but the ACCC will have to work with other watchdogs overseas on any effective regulation.
Twitter and other social media platforms may not be lost entirely to the political partisans and propagandists. Shutterstock

Twitter isn’t just for political hashtag warriors. Many still use the social network to just hang out

'Phatic sharing' reclaims Twitter as a truly social network, rather than simply as a source of breaking news or a place for public debate between politicians, journalists, and activists.
Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau on March 14, 2018. The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang" caption="Prime Minister Justin Trud

Russian Twitter trolls stoke anti-immigrant lies ahead of Canadian election

An examination of the Twitter activity after the Québec mosque murders reveal that the majority showed sympathy towards the victims, but Russian trolls worked to spread antagonism and fake news.
A ‘revenge body’ is built to show someone how well you are doing without them. With the advent of social media the phenomenon is increasingly popular. Shutterstock

Your body as a weapon: the rise of the ‘revenge body’ online

The 'revenge body' was once the domain of celebrity gossip. But with the advent of social media, anyone can publicly display a 'new' body post break-up.
Children’s engagement with digital devices is often driven by their desire for creative expression, entertainment and social interaction. Shutterstock

Most adults have never heard of TikTok. That’s by design

In order to reach younger audiences, social media apps must get past the gatekeepers of preteen online engagement: the parents.

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