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Facebook looks different - but we’re still waiting for clarification on how they’re going to handle user data into the future. Julien de Rosa / AAP

Facebook is now cleaner, faster and group-focused, but still all about your data

Facebook is built on harvesting platform data about its users, crunching that to predict behaviours and allegiances and then selling this package to advertisers. That hasn't changed yet.
Larger-than-life advertising is nothing new for our cities – this billboard is at the corner of Flinders and Elizabeth streets in Melbourne. jadecraven/Shutterstock

Selling out the city to advertising? Nothing new to see here

Both Melbourne and Sydney have been embroiled in controversy over advertising that dominates public space, but the debate isn't new. In fact, it's almost as old as our cities.
An ad for the city of Las Vegas features a lesbian couple who decide to get married. Ads featuring same-sex couples face a backlash, particularly from conservative consumers, but there are ways to make them more accepted. YouTube

Out of the closet: Easing the backlash against same-sex couples in advertising

Most North American consumers generally prefer advertising with male-female couples rather than same-sex couples. But changes in how brands frame the messages of advertisements could change that.
Gillette backed up its campaign by US$3 million in charitable donations, but the brand has been criticised for appropriating the #MeToo movement. Proctor & Gamble

Post Gillette: other brands are better at matching practice with talk, but don’t get the publicity

Gillette recently made headlines with their controversial campaign against toxic masculinity, but other brands appear to be better at taking action.
Does the new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men’s razors represent a cultural shift in ads directed at men? Here’s a still from the new ad. Gillette/Procter & Gamble

Gillette’s #MeToo-inspired ad represents a cultural shift

The new #MeToo-inspired Gillette ad for men's razors has attracted some negative attention from men. Is the ad aimed at men or women? If men, does it represent a cultural shift in ads for men?

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