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Facebook’s revenue model is based on gathering and using the data shared by its audience. Shutterstock

Why Facebook is the reason fake news is here to stay

Facebook must confront deep challenges if it's to become a force in the global fight against false narratives.
Personal data has been dubbed the “new oil”, and data brokers are very efficient miners. Emanuele Toscano/Flickr

It’s time for third-party data brokers to emerge from the shadows

Third party data brokers trade in personal information and the industry is worth billions. But the activities of these companies remain largely invisible. It's time to shine a light.
In this November 2017 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg meets with a group of entrepreneurs and innovators in St. Louis. Zuckerberg is preparing to testify before U.S. Congress over Facebook’s privacy fiasco. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Why we should all cut the Facebook cord. Or should we?

Why are the masses not disconnecting from Facebook despite the litany of revelations that the company's brass has long viewed them as dumb sheep?
In this April 2017 photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at his company’s annual developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Zuckerberg says he will testify to U.S. Congress about the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data breach. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File

Why not nationalize Facebook?

Facebook has become a key part of the world's infrastructure, not just another tech company. It's time to start treating it that way.
Your finger may hover, but it’s hard get rid of it once and for all. ymgerman/Shutterstock.com

Why it’s so hard to #DeleteFacebook: Constant psychological boosts keep you hooked

Social media provide shortcuts to things we yearn for, like connection and validation. Media effects scholars explain the psychological benefits we get from Facebook that make it so hard to quit.
A 2018 pilot project between the Public Health Agency of Canada and Advanced Symbolics will use social media posts as a resource to predict regional suicide rates. (Shutterstock)

How AI is helping to predict and prevent suicides

From predicting suicide risk to chatbot therapy, artificial intelligence is all the rage in suicide prevention. The question is, can it really work?
Many social media users have been shocked to learn the extent of their digital footprint. Shutterstock

Your online privacy depends as much on your friends’ data habits as your own

The silver lining to the Cambridge Analytica case is that more people are recognising that we pay for online services with not only our own privacy, but that of our friends, family and colleagues.
As watchdogs, regulators, tax agencies, and lobby groups apply more pressure to tech giants Google and Facebook, the two companies are rebranding in response. Wes Mountain/The Conversation

Google and Facebook cosy up to media companies in response to the threat of regulation

It's surprising that news publishers seem to hand more power to Google because now more than ever there's an urgency to have clear barriers between news companies, social media platforms and search engines.

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