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Social media censorship promotes a mean view of humanity

Social media censorship promotes a mean view of humanity

Despite prevailing fears of the potential damage wrought by free speech, we aren’t all one edgy meme away from becoming Nazis.

  • by Matthew Sini

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Social media chatter skyrockets among Australian ‘anti-vax’ groups

Social media chatter skyrockets among Australian ‘anti-vax’ groups

But researchers monitoring online platforms for the federal government say they are hopeful that in the future social media can help normalise the vaccinations as more Australians receive the jab.

  • by Aisha Dow and Melissa Cunningham
Facebook restores news in Australia as media code becomes law

Facebook restores news in Australia as media code becomes law

News organisations around the world are hailing the passing of new laws to force Facebook and Google into commercial agreements with media companies.

  • by Zoe Samios and Lisa Visentin
The Facebook elephant is still in the room: what it’s doing with your intimate data

The Facebook elephant is still in the room: what it’s doing with your intimate data

That Facebook has backed down on its news blockade and is doing deals with news organisations does not address the fundamental problem: the genius of its advertising model is that it has an unconscionable amount of data on its users. And governments aren’t doing a thing about it.

  • by Waleed Aly
Facebook has saved face, but now it’s also helping to save journalism

Facebook has saved face, but now it’s also helping to save journalism

The deals Google and Facebook have struck to pay for news in Australia are likely to be a model for the world.

  • by Robert Whitehead
In refusing to play ball, Facebook takes itself out of the game

In refusing to play ball, Facebook takes itself out of the game

The problem with being a frog that’s boiled slowly over 15 years is that it can be hard to remember how you got into the pot in the first place, writes the boss of Pedestrian Group.

  • by Matt Rowley
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Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code
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Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code

Tech giants such as Google and Facebook have agreed to implement stringent measures to tackle misinformation and disinformation following a 2019 federal government request.

  • by Zoe Samios
Timely tech sector code on disinformation

Timely tech sector code on disinformation

This past year, the digital industry ramped up their efforts to combat misinformation and disinformation, adapting policies, directing people to official information, and initiating new collaborations with researchers.

  • by Sunita Bose
Facebook news ban was a predictable move

Facebook news ban was a predictable move

Facebook’s decision to pull the plug on news was both foreshadowed and preventable.

  • by Osman Faruqi
Facebook returns to the negotiating table one day after news ban

Facebook returns to the negotiating table one day after news ban

Social media behemoth Facebook tried to strike commercial deals with Nine and News Corp one day after they ripped content from the platform.

  • by Zoe Samios and Rob Harris
Facebook’s nuclear option scorched its nearest and dearest: you, me and itself

Facebook’s nuclear option scorched its nearest and dearest: you, me and itself

The News Media Bargaining Code is lousy legislation, but Facebook’s retaliatory ban on Australian news has misfired.

  • by Parnell Palme McGuinness