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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

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We archived 84 million tweets to learn about the pandemic – each one is a tiny historical document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

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...

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Economy

S. Korea’s 'Anti-Google' law reportedly not effective

South Korea was the first country to pass a law to stop Google and Apple from forcing developers and users of their app stores to use their payment systems. The countrys Anti-Google law was approved, and this gave users...

Samsung SDI, Stellantis sign joint venture deal for electric vehicle battery production

Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and Stellantis N.V. have recently signed a deal to build a battery plant and produce batteries for electric vehicles. The facility is set to be built in the United States. The South Korean battery...

Coinbase inks deal to become exclusive cryptocurrency platform for NBA, WNBA, USA Basketball

Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has inked a multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to be its exclusive cryptocurrency platform partner. The deal by Coinbase also applies...

S. Korea’s largest offshore wind farm exhibits low 22% capacity utilization rate

South Koreas largest offshore wind farm is exhibiting a low capacity utilization rate at 22 percent due to low wind velocity averaging at only 6.03 meters per second last year. This is lower than the 7 meters per second...

Politics

Joe Biden urged by Michigan business groups to reconsider vaccine mandate

US President Joe Biden continues to promote getting vaccinated for COVID-19, especially as more demographics are now allowed to get the shot. Business groups based in Michigan have recently urged the US leader to...

North Korea fires another 'unidentified projectile' into the sea

North Koreas ongoing military activities have become a cause for concern amongst other nations as tensions still remain regarding its nuclear program and recent test launches. Seoul has recently confirmed that the isolated...

World War 3: Russia says Ukraine joining NATO 'a red line' as tensions remain

The long-running tensions between Ukraine and Russia could potentially spark another world war. Moscow recently weighed in on the possibility of Ukraine joining the NATO alliance, warning against a move to do so. Fears...

Kamala Harris pays tribute to Colin Powell

Top military general and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away this week. Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to Powell during her visit to Nevada, touching on the late generals accomplishments and...

Science

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Kansai found to have more genetically predisposed coffee lovers than elsewhere in Japan

Tokyo-based genome data analysis firm Euglena found that those with rs671 genotypes of ALDH2 are more predisposed to liking coffee and more prevalent in people from the Kansai area than other parts of Japan. Euglena...

S. Korean researchers develop eco-friendly fertilizer tech using greenhouse gases

A Kyung Hee University research team had developed a new eco-friendly technology that can turn methanol generated in livestock and agricultural areas into a hormone that promotes plant growth and rooting. The technology...

Technology

Valve updates ‘Half-Life 2’ for Steam Deck’s arrival

In a few months, Valves new portable gaming device called Steam Deck will enter the market to give fans a new way to access their favorite PC games. It appears that the companys preparations for the new hardwares launch...

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is finally getting a military jet

Developers just announced that the Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a Game of the Year edition launching next month. Aside from new features, the latest version of the game will also come with one of the most...

Instagram uploads via desktop browsers will be available on October 21

Instagram users have been able to view their profiles and pages they follow through the social networks desktop browser version for some time now. Creating new posts, however, has been restricted to the Instagram app....

CD Projekt says ‘The Witcher 3’ PS5 and Xbox Series X/S won’t launch this week

The Witcher 3 received a new rating for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, starting a new round of speculations that its next-generation upgrade could be released soon. However, CD Projekt Red quickly dismissed...

Google guarantees Pixel 6 Android version updates until 2024 only

The launch of the Pixel 6 series proved that Google is coming back as one of the frontrunners in the smartphone market. However, the company can only guarantee that these devices will get Android version updates for the...
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