TikTok’s popularity continues to rise, while other social media networks have seen a decline.
The Chinese-owned app TikTok continues its growth as one of the most popular social media networks. After pandemic health measures were lifted, other social media networks saw a decline in use.
As the possibilities of the metaverse expand, it will occupy an increasing role in everyday life.
As businesses establish themselves in the metaverse, the amount of financial transactions there will increase. This will come with previously unknown risks.
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None of the major digital platforms lets the public see what advertising they carry and how it’s targeted, according to a new report.
Bill C-18, the Online News Act, is trying to get the dominant digital platforms to negotiate mutually-acceptable agreements with Canada’s online news outlets.
There’s no evidence that news outlets are worse off because of Google, Facebook and other aggregators. If anything, evidence shows that, overall, news outlets would be in worse shape without them.
There’s a lot of information on social media that would support legal proceedings, but courts have yet to harness this.
The chatbots are turning on their creators.
BlenderBot3’s distaste for its creator sits uncomfortably with its taciturn approach to hate speech.
Alex Jones claimed being deplatformed hurt his income.
Online extremists may lose followers when removed from mainstream social media, but their remaining supporters can become even more toxic.
Anti-vaccine group moderators said Facebook provided an environment where they could safely offer support to others.
Travelling without moving thanks to the metaverse.
How might the metaverse take over tourism, a sector which up to now has required physical mobility?
A privacy researcher found a ‘code injection’ that allows Instagram and Facebook to collect sensitive user data, including passwords and credit card details.
News organisations employing employing 15-20% of Australian journalists still don’t get paid by Facebook.
Innovation in the digital space is not necessarily working for people in the global south.
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Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are reframing democracy and the way citizens engage and organise in the digital space.
Social media is being used all over the world to express hatred of Jews.
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Antisemitism today does not always appear in the form of traditional hate speech. It manifests in GIFs, memes, vlogs, comments and reactions on social media platforms.
It’s pretty common to find people who are apathetic about their data being harvested and funnelled into unknown corners. But that’s usually because they don’t know what’s at stake.
The metaverse might be a work in progress, but a key prototype – the virtual world – has been around for several decades.
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Who makes money from the metaverse, and how, comes down to what it becomes. And shaping the metaverse is, to a large degree, a matter of definitions.
The vast majority of high-profile big tech whistleblowers in recent years have been women.
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Frances Haugen, Timnit Gebru and Janneke Parrish are at the forefront of a group of high-profile women calling out big tech. Is there a connection between their gender and their role as whistleblowers?
What will it take for the metaverse to live up to its potential?
The metaverse is being hyped as a game-changing virtual platform that will transform our digital lives. But it has some inherent challenges to overcome in order to achieve mass adoption.
An expert had a confusing time trying out Facebook dating.
Elon Musk has indicated he might pull back on moderation of Twitter.
Elon Musk will need to tackle false information on Twitter, say researchers.