Archive for News

  • 13th December 2016

    Advertising is driving social media-fuelled fake news and it is here to stay

    The rise of fake news, once only the preserve of certain types of tabloids has now become a dominant feature of social media and a subject of major concern for mainstream media. CNN has even started the process of educating its readers on how to spot fake news. Ironically, however,...

  • 13th December 2016

    Mannequin Challenge gets viral on Social Media

    If you’ve been on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram over the past month, you’ve probably come across a Mannequin Challenge video, in which people strike a frozen pose as Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” plays in the background. The camera surveys the motionless landscape, building suspense as viewers take in a scene...

  • 13th December 2016

    Where social media fall short

    The public response to the murders of Michael Brown and Eric Garner has been compared to the 1960s civil rights movement. There are many differences between what happened 50 odd years ago and today but one of the biggest is the existence of the Internet. The Internet is often portrayed...

  • 12th December 2016

    Misinformation on social media: Can technology save us?

    If you get your news from social media, as most Americans do, you are exposed to a daily dose of hoaxes, rumors, conspiracy theories and misleading news. When it’s all mixed in with reliable information from honest sources, the truth can be very hard to discern. In fact, my research...

  • 10th December 2016

    Alcohol giants pour into social media’s digital drinking spaces

    Booze pages” on Facebook that have as many as 10m “likes” have been blamed for promoting excessive drinking through giveaways and posts that suggest things like drinking early in the morning. Alcohol companies have certainly spotted the potential of social media to market their wares to a younger audience. The...

  • 9th December 2016

    Terror group’s social media ploy edges out rivals, wins recruits

    As the Australian government looks at ways to stop people heading overseas to fight in the Middle East, terrorist groups are waging a war of words on social media for the hearts and minds of young teenagers in Australia. Much media attention has been given to the atrocities and the...

  • 9th December 2016

    Sydney siege shows social media is a risky business

    As the hostage crisis in Sydney came to a dramatic, deadly end, people were flooded with information. The siege at the building in the city’s Central Business District is over and the gunman is dead. The apparent storming came after a day of high tension in the city, but details...

  • 8th December 2016

    Candidates control their own social media. What message are they sending?

    We live in the age of social media. Indeed, many of us likely saw something about the Republican and Democratic conventions on Facebook, Twitter or even Instagram over the last few weeks. A recent Pew Research Center study finds that the public is getting more of their news this election...

  • 8th December 2016

    Fast food companies use social networking sites to target children

    Australia’s voluntary advertising codes around the marketing of fast food to children are not very effective in protecting them from being manipulated by innovative online marketing, especially in social media, our new research has found. Australia has a set of regulatory and self-regulatory measures controlling the promotion of food and...

  • 6th December 2016

    HOW FAST THE NEWS SPREADS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA

    Unless you have been totally disconnected from any sort of news over the past 12 hours, you’ve no doubt heard that Osama Bin Laden has been found and killed. Barack Obama, President of the United States, made the announcement late last night, but wasn’t the first one to break the...

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