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Electioneering in the social media age

It's election time and all the political parties are locked in a social media battle. But does it help inform political debate or just cause even more confusion?
It’s hard to know what to believe these days. Marco Bello/Reuters

Venezuela has a fake news problem too

The president has fled the country. An activist has died in jail. A military coup is afoot. Fake news is dividing Venezuelans, making a peaceful end to its profound crisis ever less likely.
Social media can lead to comparisons, which often can be depressing, a study finds. Africa Studios via www.shutterstock.cm

Why Facebook may fuel new mothers’ insecurity

Social media seem like a great way for new mothers to connect, but there are times when it's depressing. Here are some reasons new mothers may want to walk away from Facebook and connect in person.
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Australian Twitter is more diverse than you think

Twitter is made up of numerous communities clustered around all manner of topics. If all you see is the same, it's time to break out of your filter bubble.
It never ends. Daniel Oines/flickr

Is there any way to stop ad creep?

A host of spaces that were once immune to commercial intrusion – from parks to our friendships – are now being infiltrated by advertisers. Are we being enslaved by a 'merciless master'?
Next best thing to a hidey-hole box? Maggie Villiger

Why can’t cats resist thinking inside the box?

Twitter recently blew up with posts wondering about the feline fascination with taped squares on the ground. An animal behavior expert explains it's not magic that draws Fluffy to the #CatSquare.
Syrian doctors treat a child following a suspected chemical attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun, northern Idlib province, Syria. Edlib Media Center, via AP, File

How much power can an image actually wield?

Will recent photos of chemical attack victims in Syria provoke a short-term emotional reaction or a sustained humanitarian campaign?
Mishaps can spiral out of control quickly these days. Kamil Krzaczynski/AP Photo

How social media turned United’s PR flub into a firestorm

Incidents that may have been mere hiccups a few years ago today can go viral in an instant, causing a massive backlash and leaving some of the biggest companies wrong-footed.

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