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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

Ukraine’s Twitter account is a national version of real-time trauma processing

Mar 12, 2022 11:16 am UTC| Technology

TikToks of cats in cardboard tanks. Flirty comments on Instagram accounts dedicated to Vladmir Putin, begging him to stop Russias attacks on Ukraine. Memes bemoaning what its like to live during a pandemic and...

Social Media Revolution Series

Donald Trump rolls out Truth Social app on Apple App Store following ban on Twitter, Facebook

Feb 22, 2022 05:22 am UTC| Business Technology

Donald Trump has been permanently banned on Twitter and suspended for two years on Facebook. Now he is debuting his own platform called Truth Social, and this means his return to social media is imminent. According to...

Social Media Revolution Series

'Virtual influencers' are here, but should Meta really be setting the ethical ground rules?

Feb 02, 2022 09:29 am UTC| Technology

Earlier this month, Meta announced it is working on a set of ethical guidelines for virtual influencers animated, typically computer-generated, characters designed to attract attention on social media. When Facebook...

Social Media Revolution Series

Twitter's algorithm favours the political right, a recent study finds

Feb 02, 2022 09:00 am UTC| Politics Technology

If youre a Twitter user, youll know that when scrolling through your home feed, in between posts from accounts you follow, youll sometimes see tweets tagged you might like. In other words, Twitter is recommending content...

Social Media Revolution Series

Spotify's response to Rogan-gate falls short of its ethical and editorial obligations

Feb 02, 2022 08:41 am UTC| Insights & Views Technology

Audio streaming giant Spotify is getting a crash course in the tension between free speech and the need to protect the public from harmful misinformation. The Swedish-founded platform, which has 400 million active...

Social Media Revolution Series

How social media can crush your self-esteem

Jan 10, 2022 13:05 pm UTC| Insights & Views Life

We all have a natural tendency to compare ourselves to others, whether intentionally or not, online or offline. Such comparisons help us evaluate our own achievements, skills, personality and our emotions. This, in turn,...

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...

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Economy

McDonald's in Russia will re-open under a new name and it could be called 'Fun and Tasty'

McDonalds has formally stopped its operations in Russia this month after temporarily suspending its business in March. With its exit, the fast-food chain has sold its restaurants to a local operator, and now it will be...

POSCO Chemical, GM announce Quebec as chosen site for joint cathode plant

POSCO Chemical revealed on Friday, May 27, that it is building a new facility for the production of cathode worth $327 million. It has partnered with General Motors for this project, and they have picked Quebec, Canada, as...

Kakao's founder Kim Beom Su vacates chairman position at Brian Impact Foundation

Kakaos founder and former chief executive officer, Kim Beom Su, has stepped down as chairman of the Brian Impact Foundation, a private charity foundation that was launched last year to help innovators in technology and...

Mastercard to expand in Latin America, Southeast Asia after Russia exit and India ban

Mastercard is changing its target and will be focusing on Southeast Asia and Latin America for its expansion after withdrawing from Russia and getting banned from issuing new cards in India last year. The company also sees...

NFT Artwork on LG Display’s OLED screen auctioned off for US$6.2 million

The non-fungible token artwork created on LG Display Co.s transparent OLED screen in collaboration with Turkish media arts designer and director Refik Anadol was auctioned off for US$6.2 million. The NFT art collection...

Politics

Afghanistan: Taliban's restrictions look to make women, girls 'invisible', UN expert says

The Taliban has increasingly imposed restrictive policies on Afghan women and girls months since retaking control of Afghanistan. A UN expert who visited the country said the restrictive policies by the insurgent group...

Iran: Incident at Parchin military complex leaves one killed, one wounded

An incident occurred at Irans Parchin military complex this week, leaving two casualties. One was killed, and another was wounded in the incident, according to the countrys defense ministry. Irans defense ministry...

US Justice Department targeting Trump attorneys, advisers in fake electors investigation

The US Justice Department has mostly kept silent about its ongoing investigations, particularly probes related to the attempt by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 elections and stay in power. With the focus...

US GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demands to see all evidence against him before complying to Jan. 6 panel subpoena

The Jan. 6 congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection moved to issue subpoenas to a handful of sitting Republican lawmakers in Congress. Republican Rep. Jim Jordan recently demanded that he view all the...

Science

S. Korean scientists develop magnet-based soil purification tech

The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute had developed a method for purifying radioactively contaminated soil by using magnets to separate radioactive cesium from the soil. Cesium is most frequently found in...

Hyundai Mobis’ monitoring system reduces drowsy driving risks by 30%

Hyundai Mobis Co. has come up with an in-house brainwave-based driver monitoring system that can reduce the risk of drowsy driving by up to one-third. The system, dubbed M.Brain, is a wearable earpiece that continuously...

California start-up Bionaut Labs to send tiny robots on voyage into brains

California start-up Bionaut Labs will conduct its first clinical trials on sending miniature robots deep inside the human skull to treat brain disorders The tiny injectable robots can be guided through the brain using...

Kirin, Meiji University develop electric chopsticks that make low-salt food taste salty

Food producer Kirin and Meiji University have developed a pair of chopsticks that stimulate the taste of salt in foods with low salt content through extensive research. This technology, which has yet to be named,...

Japanese researchers develop plastic with self-repairing powers

Japanese researchers have found a way to create self-repairing plastics that can be used in many products and reduce the amount of waste now polluting the planet. It might have practical applications for home...

Technology

Blizzard reveals global release times for ‘Diablo Immortal’

The free-to-play Diablo Immortal is launching in a few days, and Blizzard Entertainment has announced at exactly what time the game will go live. PC gamers can also start preparing for its arrival and start to pre-load the...

FromSoftware suggests ‘Dark Souls’ online servers are coming back soon

The long wait may be over soon for avid fans of Dark Souls. Developer FromSoftware has recently provided an update on the status of the games online servers more than four months after they were taken down...

Pixel 7 series will have the same Samsung panels used on Pixel 6, report says

Google has continued a familiar approach to avoid leaks from spoiling its surprises by unveiling the Pixel 7 series months before it arrives in stores. While Google still left the technical specifications under wraps,...

iPhone 14 Pro redesign appears in allegedly leaked Apple Pay ad

Apple is not expected to confirm details about the iPhone 14 series until its launch. However, there have been various reports from multiple sources that claim the next Pro models will sport notable design changes. An...

‘Returnal’ Steam listing hints at an upcoming PC port

Sony has previously stated its plan to release more first-party PlayStation games on PC. It appears that another game is headed to PC, thanks to a new leak. A new game was recently spotted on a Steam listing codenamed...
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