Ghana’s protest culture has grown along with the spread of social media.
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Digital activism can be fruitful if it is followed up by practical and strategic offline actions.
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Platforms like Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp are reframing democracy and the way citizens engage and organise in the digital space.
Post your sandwich requests in the group chat, lads. And see you at wine time Friday.
The report on lockdown parties at Number 10 relied heavily on WhatsApp transcripts to show wrongdoing.
Concerns about misinformation spreading among Chinese communities are once again prominent, as they were during the 2019 election campaign.
Social media provides spaces for participation – but also for misinformation.
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The system behind apps like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and WhatsApp isn’t neutral. It encodes political communication, influencing what users see.
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The study showed couch patrolling was more common than foot patrols - with social media influencing fears and suspicions.
Facebook renamed itself Meta in 2021, but the year was more notable for revelations about the company’s bad behavior.
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Meta felt the heat in 2021 as whistleblower revelations, congressional ire and demands for data knocked the company back on its heels. Here’s a look at research into the problems Meta poses for society.
How do you feel about Facebook?
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Facebook users no longer see the site as a confidant. They’re struggling with how to deal with a messy codependence – and whether to just break up and move on with healthier friends.
Private messaging apps allow information to spread in an unchecked manner.
Canadians are increasingly turning to private messaging apps where COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories spread in an unregulated manner.
A wider understanding of cultural values will be crucial to the successful implementation of contact-tracing technology across the world.
Accessing India’s digital consumers is seen as the key to future growth for big tech companies like Facebook.
Digital media shutdowns in Africa will lead to higher economic costs and greater public outrage.
Canada is poised to pass laws aimed at social media companies and harmful online content. Is it the right approach?
Canada needs to think carefully about our approach to regulating online harm. Rather than going it alone and taking aim at social media companies, Canada should work with other democracies.
What made Facebook grow big wasn’t what its targets would have been without it, it was what they were able to do with it.
In refugee camps, access to the internet means being able to connect to family, information and resources.
During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, research in places like refugee camps can continue through mobile devices connected to the internet.
Teachers still hold the key to children’s learning and no keyboard or screen can replace their role.
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.
The Conversation Africa has set up a COVID-19 WhatsApp service to help stem misinformation around the virus. The service will send out broadcast messages each week with content from our site. There are…
Social. media apps need to stay ahead of the global competition to keep the attention of kids.
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Despite efforts to wall off regional or national internets, social media companies will have to continue aggressively competing across borders if they are to grow.
Artist Kudakwashe Chigodo poses for a portrait with his smartphone in Harare.
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Apps like WhatsApp have connected more voices to participate in live talk radio - but this comes with new challenges.