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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

We archived 84 million tweets to learn about the pandemic – each one is a tiny historical document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

Social Media Revolution Series

Twitter, Snap invest in India's version of TikTok

Apr 09, 2021 07:54 am UTC| Business Technology

Snap and Twitter joined other investors in pouring $502 million into Indias Mohalla Tech, the operator of TikTok-like app Moj and social media platform ShareChat. The funding round, which was led by investment firms...

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...

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Economy

Activision Blizzard criticized as employees sign a petition for the management to recognize the seriousness of the issue

Activision Blizzard is currently dealing with heavy backlash from its employees, not just because of the previously reported frat boy culture at the workplace but also due to how the company responded to the lawsuit that...

Walmart adds full college tuition and book payments to part-time and full-time employees

Walmart revealed on Tuesday, July 27, that it will be paying for its staffs full college tuition fees, including the books. The company will shoulder the college schooling of its around 1.5 million full and part-time...

Starbucks, Nestle extend collaboration to bring ready-to-drink coffee to Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Oceania

Starbucks and Nestle just made an announcement that they will be extending their collaboration to be able to distribute ready-to-drink coffee to other parts of the world. To be more specific, the companies strategic...

Campbell's redesigns its cans after 50 years

Campbells soup cans were redesigned for the first time in 50 years, so customers will see new labels when they purchase the popular canned soup products. While the color scheme remained white and red, the font may change a...

Politics

Russia: Vladimir Putin commissions warplanes to be used in case of nuclear war

Countries are on the alert for Russias military activities as tensions remain over certain issues. This week, the Kremlin has commissioned the construction of two new military warplanes in case a nuclear war may...

Capitol insurrection: Video footage of rioters assaulting police officers played during first committee hearing

Law enforcement officials took the most beatings during the January 6 insurrection, resulting in dozens of officials severely injured from the violence. During the House Select Committees first hearing, a new video edit of...

Jovenel Moise assassination: Haitian leader's security coordinator arrested

A few weeks following the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, he was laid to rest last week. In another development in the investigation, Haitian authorities have arrested and detained Moises security...

Joe Biden weighs in on vaccine mandate for federal workers as VA makes vaccine mandatory for health workers

With the rising cases among Americans who have not been vaccinated, Joe Biden and his administration have been ramping up efforts in ensuring more people get their shots. Biden this week weighed in on making vaccinations...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

‘Pokémon Unite’ gets first post-launch character and its Gardevoir

Just a week after Pokémon Unite officially launched on Nintendo Switch, the game received its first-ever addition. Gardevoir was added to the roster on early Wednesday, adding another powerful choice to the list of...

‘GTA V’ is leaving Xbox Game Pass in a couple of weeks

GTA V has to be one of the biggest additions to the Xbox Game Pass library this year. However, subscribers may be losing their free access to the popular game soon just when the rumor mill started picking up clues that...

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ version 1.11 goes live on July 29

It has been a while since Animal Crossing: New Horizons received an update with a lineup of free content, but the drought is finally ending this week. Nintendo has announced the official release date for version 1.11,...

Facebook offers free silicone cover amid Oculus Quest 2 recall due to skin irritation reports

Facebook will recall Oculus Quest 2 units worldwide and postpone its sales for a few weeks due to reports that the VR headsets foam padding is causing skin irritation on some users. For existing owners of the device, the...

‘Fortnite’ survey hints at possible D’Amelio sisters, Selena Gomez, and ‘Naruto’ collaborations

Collaboration with major brands and franchises, internet personalities, and successful artists have become a major part of Fortnite in recent years. And fans may already have the list of the most likely celebrities and...
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