Australia plans tough laws for social media sites that don’t take down violent content

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and Porter were left unimpressed after a meeting with social media companies this week, which had been called in response to the live-streaming of the killing of 50 people in two New Zealand mosques.

Bill targeting extreme content on social media won’t hit tech giant bosses, Labor says

Penalties for individuals who “provide a hosting service” and fail to remove material can be up to three years imprisonment or a $2.1m fine, or both. Labor believes these penalties will not apply to executives of social media companies because giants like Facebook and Twitter – not the individuals themselves – provide the service.

‘Don’t say anything stupid’: social media minefield for journalists at Nine newspapers

Turnbull’s ABC? The Canberra bureau of the ABC was under so much pressure from Malcolm Turnbull’s office in 2018, that a senior staff member had to take stress leave, former Media Watch host Jonathan Holmes told a Friends of the ABC event at Gleebooks on Wednesday. Holmes, who was talking about his new book, On […]

Be it on God, guns or Greta, social media offers neat solutions for our messy feelings

In a battle-torn landscape governed by zeroes and ones, nuance, compromise and empathy are the first casualties. If I were to sum up the online culture war in one word it would be “diaphobia”, a term coined by the psychiatrist RD Laing meaning “fear of being influenced by other people”, the opposite of dialogue. Our […]

‘I’m switching off for my mental health’: Rita Ora and Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall lead stars vowing to ditch social media for Digital Detox day

The reality star added how he refers to ‘social media and our mental health like a petrol gauge’ in which the tank is full in the morning and slowly depletes throughout the day.  

Hate Social Media? You’ll Love This Documentary

The Social Dilemma suggests, more than once, that social media represents “humanity’s greatest existential threat.” I first heard that phrase last April, at the SFJazz Center in San Francisco, where the technologist Tristan Harris unveiled a “new agenda for tech.” Harris, a former Googler, had spun his ethical concerns about social media and screen time […]

Millennials Connect Via Social Media Challenges During COVID-19

People are making bingos about everything, whether it’s a university, zodiac sign or ethnicity. Bingo questions usually follow a “never have I ever” format that users cross off until they eliminate all the spaces on a card to make bingo. Users tag friends and post to their social media. This classic game — which started […]

‘Rumors spread like wildfire’: false posts claiming activists started Oregon fires flood social media

Although the Almeda fire in Ashland is the subject of a criminal investigation that is seeking to determine whether it was deliberately lit, public officials have batted down any suggestion of political motivation. The Ashland police chief told the Oregonian: “One thing I can say is that the rumor it was set by Antifa is […]

Liqvd Asia bags creative, social media mandate for Tata Shop Share Smile

Liqvd Asia has won the creative and social media mandate for Tata Shop Share Smile Social. Shop Share Smile is a program for Tata employees and the channel partners of a Tata Group company in India to avail offers from various participating Tata Group companies.Liqvd Asia will be responsible for a comprehensive creative and social […]

‘That is the worst thing you can say’: Denise Welch breaks down as she reveals she’s taking a break from social media after Piers Morgan branded her a ‘dumb and dangerous Covid-denier’

The debate, which also featured Dr Sara Kayat, saw Denise also talk about people’s mental health and the fact that people who suffer from the likes of cancer and heart disease were failing to receive the treatment they needed.