China's most popular social media app WeChat is on the rise in Australia thanks to demand from Chinese students and tourists. Here's what you need to know if you plan to use it.
Across Africa, mainstream media have traditionally been the unrivalled custodians and originators of the public agenda. But this year social media took over as a new regime of information.
Many parents are fearful about their children being online. Messaging services for children could help both kids and parents learn how to communicate safely and respectfully in the digital space.
We often hear reports of the effect of social media on teens' mental health. So what does the science say about it?
Citizens should be free to criticize government authorities on social media platforms, and muzzling such criticism may well be unconstitutional.
Parents should ask their teens to show them how they use social media and how it works so they can have conversations about what the risks are and how to reduce them.
Don't want to become a social network addict? Start by working out what your vulnerabilities are.
The combination of a divisive political climate and widespread use of social media networks to share controversial material has many people asking this question. Here's what Aristotle would say.
The 'bikini bridge' may have been a hoax, but its damage to women's body image was real, demonstrating yet again the disturbing set of pressures social media places on young women.,
Many are calling for government to step in to stop bots and the spread of fake news on sites like Facebook and Twitter. A media expert explains why this is a slippery slope.
Social media is making it easier than ever to measure your perceived popularity against your peers in ways that damage are well-being.
Companies and governments should do more to prevent 'revenge porn' without asking potential victims to send their nude photos to Facebook.
Twitter can be a useful tool in trying to predict what people think on an issue. So why did a study of almost half a million tweets on the same-sex marriage survey get it wrong?
A new survey reveals that while most young Australians get news from online sources, they lack the skills to distinguish fake news.
Facebook's record raises serious questions about whether it can be trusted with our most intimate images.
The way people use social media – and the algorithms inside those systems – increases passions, and drives people to polarizing extremes.
New research shows that Australians from diverse backgrounds are turning away from traditional media and heading online, a trend that has great significance for media companies.
With levels of political discourse reaching new lows, some might say the country could use a dose of shame and humility. At the same time, social media have unleashed a torrent of online shaming.
In a fight for the global flow of information, social media firms must be regulated. Their billions of dollars in revenue put their financial interests in conflict with truth and democracy.
A scholar asks whether democracy itself is at risk in a world where social media is creating deeply polarized groups of individuals who tend to believe everything they hear.