Meta now faces some A$4 billion in fines related to breaches of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations.
Social media algorithms can use millions of different parameters to decide what kind of content is shown to users.
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Digital only commercial news websites still struggle for revenue streams.
Do you really need another water bottle, or is your brain just tired?
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Scrolling TikTok or Instagram causes mental fatigue, which can lead people to purchase items based on how many ‘likes’ an ad has instead of how much value the product will bring them.
Experts have been considering whether TikTok is worse in terms of privacy or security than other, US-based apps.
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TikTok has been banned from UK government devices, but it’s easy for all social media platforms to harvest your data.
The Online News Act, or Bill C-18, is Canada’s attempt to address the imbalance between digital platforms and news publishers.
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The Online News Act could result in the formation of new agreements between news organizations and digital platform giants, which could give rise to a number of worrying developments.
If you want to use two-factor authentication via text message on Twitter, you’ll have to pay for it.
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Twitter and Meta are looking to make money from protecting users’ identities. This raises questions about collective security, people understanding what they’re paying for and who remains vulnerable.
Paid-for verification can disrupt our expectations about the reliability of profiles on social media.
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Signalling theory tells us lots about the way paid-for verification has disrupted the blue tick system.
Who’s the boss?
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Meta is among companies in recent years that have embraced becoming a ‘flatter’ organization – with fewer managers – to become more nimble and innovative.
Going online often involves surrendering some privacy, and many people are becoming resigned to the fact that their data will be collected and used without their explicit consent.
Many people have become resigned to the fact that tech companies collect our private data. But policymakers must do more to limit the amount of personal information corporations can collect.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to testify in Washington DC, in 2018 concerning revelations about the company’s sharing data with Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm linked to Donald Trump.
Mark Zuckerberg says he wants the world to be more “open and connected”, but his decision to block archiving the company’s social media content argues otherwise.
Satire can be dangerous.
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A satirist posted a parody of a police Facebook page. He was arrested and jailed for four days. How far do free speech protections extend when it comes to satire about government?
Rapper Kiernan ‘AKA’ Forbes Known during the Metro FM awards nominations in Johannesburg in January.
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The explosive viral spread of the grainy but dramatic footage shows the limits of mainstream media ethics.
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Facebook and Instagram were recently told by their parent company, Meta, to overhaul their policy on nipple exposure. But the change may not be as radical as people hope. Here’s why.
We’ve all been at a work or family gathering when someone has offered a seemingly authoritative statement about the way the law operates. Without some knowledge of the field of law, listeners may simply…
Meet the ‘work-fluencers’.
While other social media giants are floundering, this one is doing rather well.
A mandatory news media bargaining code will force the digital giants to compensate NZ news media for content they host and share. But will it close off better options for supporting local journalism?
As technology improves, the potential for retailers to make use of the metaverse will grow.
The metaverse offers novel opportunities for retailers and their customers, but retailers need to be adequately prepared to overcome the challenges of new technology.
Radical change at Twitter shows how quickly strategies and values can shift in Big Tech. New Zealand needs to be less reliant on overseas solutions for its own digital infrastructure plans.
Ghana’s protest culture has grown along with the spread of social media.
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Digital activism can be fruitful if it is followed up by practical and strategic offline actions.