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 will need to tackle false information on Twitter, say researchers.
Humour is now part of the modern election campaign. Facebook and TikTok have become joke battlegrounds.
A Meta spokesperson told The Conversation non-news pages had been taken down by mistake. Whistleblower allegations contradict this.
From voting info to risqué quips, this election, online political ads are more pervasive than ever before.
The digital public sphere is constantly evolving, so we need a regulatory framework that helps to structure public discussion, and in turn guide our own public contributions as citizens.
Media ownership has consolidated around a handful of billionaires – and that might not be great for democracy.
We are connecting ourselves, our homes and our workplaces to lots of internet-enabled devices: smartwatches, smart lightbulbs, toasters, fridges … How to keep all their data private?
While many progressive movements have organised online, conservatives dominate because of better organisation, capital, and social inequality. France’s presidential elections are a case in point.
New research shows using social media can provide a much-needed boost to UK farmers’ wellbeing, connectedness and mental health, and even bank balances.
The system behind apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t neutral. It encodes political communication, influencing what users see.
People used social media to connect with others, but after the pandemic, social media is increasingly fractured. Users adopt closed media spaces where they feel safe to express personal values.
While the ACCC failed in a similar case against Google in 2013, there are some key details in this one which could give it more leverage.
The government is proposing upheavals to online content regulation, but that won’t be enough to make the internet safer.
The mud rarely sticks.
The vacuum created by a drop in public trust in mainstream platforms has given rise to new media players who don’t always play by the rules.
Even as it wages a propaganda and disinformation campaign in Ukraine, Russia is fighting to retain control of the story within Russia.
The language around former UK deputy prime minister’s promotion was very telling.
Social media does have some redeeming features – and its utility will depend on how you use it. But for many of us, the reward no longer outweighs the harms.