Those who feel disenfranchised from mainstream leaders are vulnerable to falling for the promises of online ‘leaders’ and ‘alt-moral entrepreneurs’.
If it hosts the same violent rhetoric that saw Parler forced offline, Trump’s platform may be a short-lived adventure.
Having an end-to-end encrypted messaging ‘ecosystem’ is a great way for Facebook to evade the full wrath of the law. It has come at a convenient time, too.
Here’s what you need to know about the largely right-wing social media platform creeping into headlines.
Trump’s recent executive order may limit section 230 of the Communications Decency Act - the ‘bedrock of the internet’. What does that mean for Australia?
Celeste Barber’s $45 million fundraiser is amazing, but battling Australia’s fires should be an ongoing effort. With the help of social media, it can be.
In 1999, ahead of World Trade Organisation protests, a group of Australian activists created the first open internet publishing platform. This technology is the basis of the internet we know today.
Defamation law reform is on the horizon. Social media companies may be held more liable for what they publish. But this could come at the expense of everyday users.
Privacy and fact-checking are still big issues but risks from bots and foreign influence have been overblown.
Hateful images are making their way from niche sites onto popular social networks at an alarming speed. Here’s how it works.
Effective political campaigns use three main online strategies; research identifies which of them is most effective.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s grip on power remains strong but pockets of dissent are emerging from digital platforms.
Social media abhors informational vacuums and speed eclipses accuracy. That allows pseudo-experts, agitators and even liars to circulate rumours and poisonous information when big news breaks.
NFL players, historically losers in power struggles with team owners, can retake control of the kneeling-protest issue if they use social media to connect with the public.
More and more, news items, adverts and posts by friends are blurred in Facebook’s interface. This all merges into a single stream of information.
The British Election Study results have called the notion of a 2017 ‘youthquake’ into question. But that doesn’t mean parties will abandon social media campaigning any time soon.
Each individual act of posting, linking, commenting and liking may look insignificant up close, but they add up. There is enormous power here for mass persuasion, one viral share at a time.
Our whole system of political campaigning needs a reboot.