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Social media has revolutionised how we communicate. In this series, we look at how it has changed the media, politics, health, education and the law.

Social Media Revolution Series

Metaverse: how Facebook rebrand reflects a dangerous trend in growing power of tech monopolies

Nov 06, 2021 08:04 am UTC| Technology

Facebooks rebranding as Meta has been seen by many as the companys latest attempt at corporate crisis control. The social media giant has been publicly attacked for creating an environment that fosters far-right extremism...

Social Media Revolution Series

Young Nigerians turned to Twitter on the night of the Lekki shootings: what that tells us

Oct 31, 2021 23:26 pm UTC| Technology

Mobile messaging services have become influential in recent times in reshaping social movements. They make it cheaper and quicker for protesters to mobilise resources. They also circumvent conventional communication...

Social Media Revolution Series

Instagram can make teens feel bad about their body, but parents can help. Here's how

Sep 24, 2021 01:17 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Last week Facebooks internal research revealed Instagrams toxic effects on some young peoples body image particularly girls. One study by Facebook of teen Instagram users in the US and UK found more than 40% of those...

Social Media Revolution Series

We archived 84 million tweets to learn about the pandemic – each one is a tiny historical document

Jun 20, 2021 12:18 pm UTC| Technology

The first tweet that the UKs Department of Health and Social Care published about its new coronavirus testing regime came on January 25 2020. Less than a week later, the department tweeted its first announcement of two...

Social Media Revolution Series

Restricting digital media is a gamble for African leaders

May 03, 2021 02:54 am UTC| Politics

COVID-19 pushed much of the world into the digital realm for everything from schooling and work to religious worship and dating. At the same time, many governments were turning data connections off. Full or partial...

Social Media Revolution Series

Why our dislikes should be celebrated as much as our likes

Apr 22, 2021 05:46 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Millions might tune into the Oscars every year, but Im always interested in the Razzies, which recognize spectacular cinematic underachievement. Im not the only one who thinks dislikes can be every bit as interesting as...

Social Media Revolution Series

Facebook removes 16,000 groups for fake reviews

Apr 10, 2021 09:54 am UTC| Business Technology

Facebook Inc removed 16,000 groups for selling or buying fake reviews of products and services on its platforms, after a second prompt by UKs competition watchdog CMA. CMA Chief Executive Andrea Coscelli said that the...

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Economy

Celtics' Freedom willing to educate Lebron James on using Nike, China issues

Boston Celtics center Enes Kanter Freedom said he is willing to speak with LeBron James about the criticisms he made on the latter for his sponsorship deal with Nike and silence on Chinas human rights issues. Freedom...

Burger King to simplify drive-thru menu to speed up lines

Restaurant Brands International, which owns Burger King, will cut some Burger King menu items to make their drive-thrus operate more quickly. According to Jose Cil, CEO of Restaurant Brands, the company noticed Burger...

Rick Bayless, Smashburger collaborate to launch Chorizo Cheeseburger

Smashburger and Rick Bayless have teamed up to create a new delectable burger sandwich. The American chef and restaurateur and the fast-casual hamburger restaurant chain headquartered in Denver, Colorado, launched the...

McDonald's Ireland recalls popular product over food safety issue

McDonalds Ireland recently issued an urgent recall on one of its well-known food products. The fast-food giant warned its customers that there is an undeclared ingredient that could not be safe for some...

Walmart: Brett Biggs to step down as chief financial officer of the company

Walmart will be letting go of one of its executives that have been with the company for more than two decades now. It was reported that Brett Biggs, the current chief financial officer, is leaving and this was already...

Politics

Jill Biden unveils White House Christmas decorations

This year marks Dr. Jill Bidens first Christmas as the nations first lady as the White House recently unveiled this years Christmas decorations. Dr. Biden also unveiled the theme for this years set of Christmas...

Joe Biden hosts CEOs of major retailers at White House to discuss supply chain issues

With the holidays approaching, the world is also facing supply chain issues in the midst of many looking to do their shopping at this time. In an effort to address the issues, US President Joe Biden held a meeting at the...

Donald Trump reportedly looking through potential 2024 running mates

There is a lot of speculation that former President Donald Trump is set on launching another presidential bid following his loss to Joe Biden in the 2020 elections. A recent report reveals that the former president is...

Kamala Harris to hold first meeting with National Space Council this week

US Vice President Kamala Harris is also the chair of the countrys National Space Council that is set to hold a meeting this week. This is also the first meeting of the National Space Council, with her as the chair. The...

Science

Pigeons consider safety, food availability in picking where to perch

Pigeons consider safety and food availability in picking where to perch, according to Keio University professor emeritus of animal behavior, Shigeru Watanabe. The finding could help cities manage pigeon...

Half of world's seabirds ingest plastic additives :study

An international team of researchers estimates that about half of the worlds seabirds have ingested plastic additives after studying 145 seafowls of 32 species from 16 areas of the world. Plastic chemicals such as...

Study shows plant-based meat has 'excessive' salt content

A UK-based lobby group found the salt content of plant-based meat products unnecessarily high, with over 75 percent of the products surveyed failing to meet the UK governments salt reduction targets. The researchers...

S. Korean watchdog assures clothing from recycled plastic bottles is safe

The Korea Consumer Agency concluded that clothes made with recycled plastic bottles generally have no safety concerns. The watchdog based its findings on durability and safety tests of five recycled polyester garments...

S. Korean scientists develop hydrogen fuel engines strong enough to power industrial drones

The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials has developed a 5-kilowatt hydrogen fuel engine that is strong enough to power industrial lift drones with a weight of 20 to 30 kilograms. The engine supplies hydrogen fuel...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific’ is getting 15 drop zones in the new map Caldera

Next week is going to be huge for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone players as it is when the integration of the free-to-play and paid multiplayer games will start to take shape. One of the highlights of the upcoming...

Valve doesn’t plan on introducing Steam Deck-only games

Valve is the next video game company to release its gaming hardware, the Steam Deck. And Valve has already clarified it is not planning on making Steam Deck exclusive games. Video games exclusivity to certain platforms...

Twitch uses machine learning tool to detect channel ban evaders

Twitch launched a new safety-focused tool that leverages machine learning to identify users trying to evade channel-wide bans. This appears to be part of the Amazon-owned streaming platforms effort to address widespread...

iPhone SE 3 will reportedly launch in Q1 2022

Apple skipped the mid-range smartphone market this year, but things are reportedly going to change in 2022. The tech giant is rumored to announce the iPhone SE 3 in the early part of the year. The company has wrapped up...

‘Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker’ devs warn of server congestion at launch

The highly anticipated Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker expansion is finally just days away, and its launch is even closer for those with early access privileges. However, Square Enix issued an important warning ahead of the...
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