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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

Why online platforms banning Trump won't stop — or even slow down — his cause

Jan 15, 2021 08:12 am UTC| Technology

Last week Twitter permanently suspended US President Donald Trump in the wake of his supporters violent storming of Capitol Hill. Trump was also suspended from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. Heads quickly turned...

Social Media Revolution Series

Facebook antitrust battle escalates tensions between government, Big Tech

Jan 14, 2021 06:36 am UTC| Technology Law

Facebook made news this week by blocking U.S. President Donald Trump from posting to its platform. A seperate power struggle between government and Big Tech that will be far more consequential in the long term is unfolding...

Social Media Revolution Series

Social media seized the narrative in Uganda's election. Why this was good for democracy

Jan 14, 2021 06:33 am UTC| Politics

For months, Ugandans have witnessed a vicious presidential election campaign without precedent. While the incumbent, Yoweri Museveni, has enjoyed free rein on the campaign trail, his youthful main opponent Robert...

Social Media Revolution Series

Instagram's redesign shifts toward shopping – here's how that can be harmful

Dec 29, 2020 14:17 pm UTC| Technology

Recently, when I opened Instagram, I noticed that the usual spot for checking notifications is now a Shop tab. The Instagram blog post announcing the redesign said that the change will support small businesses and connect...

Social Media Revolution Series

Granny's on Instagram! In the COVID-19 era, older adults see time differently and are doing better than younger people

Dec 20, 2020 04:03 am UTC| Technology

Time in the era of COVID-19 has taken on new meaning. Blursday is the new time word of the year where every day seems the same when staying home and restricting socializing and work. As a public health and aging expert...

Social Media Revolution Series

Why the UK government is paying social media influencers to post about coronavirus

Sep 09, 2020 13:33 pm UTC| Politics

Social media influencers are often seen as lazy freelancers who make a living being paid to pretend they like products. But these celebrities are more than just marketing vehicles. If used properly, they can be effective...

Social Media Revolution Series

Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Jul 21, 2020 14:27 pm UTC| Technology

In case 2020 wasnt dystopian enough, hackers on July 15 hijacked the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama, presidential hopeful Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Kim Kardashian and Apple, among others. Each...

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Economy

Volkswagen faces EU fine for missing 2020 emissions targets

Volkswagen is facing a fine of over $121 million for narrowly missing EU targets on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from its 2020 passenger car fleet. CEO Herbert Diess blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for its failure to...

Hyundai E&C swings to Q4 loss mainly due to currency-related woes

Hyundai Engineering Construction Co. shifted to a net loss of 122 billion won in the fourth quarter of 2020 after posting a net profit of 6.9 billion won in the same period last year, mainly due to the US dollars strength...

S. Korea to deploy ships to cushion exporters from soaring freight rates

South Korea will deploy at least five vessels by the end of February to support exporters facing increasing freight costs amid soaring demand. According to the Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, HMM Co., South...

S. Korea favored by WTO in tariff case against US

The World Trade Organization (WTO) favored South Korea in its lawsuit against the US for levying high tariffs on its steel and power transformer products since May 2016. According to the WTO panel, eight cases of...

Google threatens to block services in Australia if forced to pay for news

Google threatened to block its search engine function in Australia if its government forces it and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for using their content. The result would be degraded search and YouTube experiences...

Politics

Donald Trump humiliated: Greta Thunberg takes one last swipe at ex-POTUS on Twitter

Now-former President Donald Trump is no longer the Commander-in-Chief, but it did not stop many of his well-known critics from taking a swipe at him on his last day. Among them is renowned climate change activist Greta...

Melania Trump humiliated: Former aide Stephanie Winston Wolkoff blasts ex-FLOTUS

Former first lady Melania Trump left the White House with a very low favorability rating like her husband, Donald Trump. Former advisor and friend Stephanie Winston Wolkoff delivered yet another criticism towards Melania...

Kamala Harris honored by Golden State Warriors in special tribute to VP

Kamala Harris broke ground in so many aspects of US history when she was sworn in as the 49th Vice President of the United States. The former California Senator was then honored by NBAs Golden State Warriors in a special...

Joe Biden Cabinet: POTUS announces acting heads of federal agencies

Joe Bidens cabinet is not fully set in place just yet as most of his nominees are still in line for their confirmation hearings at the Senate. As his nominees have yet to be confirmed, Biden has already announced who will...

Science

What to feed ducks – according to science

The simple things in life sometimes bring the greatest joy like feeding the ducks at your local pond. The next time you pay your feathered friends a visit, consider introducing some variety into the food you give them....

Yellowstone volcano: USGS warns of possible eruption

Many scientists are keeping watch over the activity occurring in the Yellowstone volcano because of its potential to inflict large-scale damage in the United States. Now, scientists at the USGS have now warned of a...

Mars mission: NASA scientist says Martians can help humans live on Red Planet

Being able to live on Mars is one of the goals that space agencies all over the world have when it comes to exploring the red planet in future Mars missions. Although it may take a while to figure out how we may be able to...

Black holes: Albert Einstein's theory may save Earth from wandering black holes

Black holes are one of the most mysterious objects in the universe and were first brought up by renowned scientist Albert Einstein. With the possibility of wandering black holes being able to consume our own planet, the...

Asteroid alert: 16-meter space rock to pass by Earth on New Year weekend

With days to go until the Earth completes another year around the Sun, it appears that the universe also has plans to celebrate the new year along with us. An asteroid is set to pass by our planet a few days after the new...

Technology

'Among Us' accounts are 'close' to getting released

When Among Us became one of the biggest hits of 2020, gamers and developers soon realized the need for an accounts system. Innersloth previously announced it is one of their priorities moving forward, and the developers...

OnePlus 7, 7T gets Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 in first Open Beta

The Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 update has now entered the first Open Beta phase for OnePlus 7 and 7T users. Before testing this version, there are some important reminders smartphone users need to keep in mind. How to...

'Dead by Deadlight' is finally getting a colorblind mode after backlash over developer's stream

Behaviour Interactive revealed that Dead by Deadlight is getting the highly requested colorblind mode. The announcement happens after fans found one of the developers saying that hearing about the accessibility feature a...

iOS 15 to lose support for iPhone 6S and first iPhone SE, report claims

With just a few months before its official announcement, iOS 15 is now making headlines. However, the recent reports might not please those who are holding on to older iPhone models. iOS 15 compatibility list could be...
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