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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

McLaren confirms entry to Formula E beginning 2022/23

Woking-based McLaren had signed an option in January 2021 to join Formula E from the 2022/23 campaign continuing its commitment to electric motorsport, having entered the SUV series Extreme E in 2022. McLaren also...

Nike unlikely to extend signature shoe deal with Kyrie Irving: ESPN

Nike is unlikely to extend its signature shoe deal with Brooklyn Nets ace point guard Kyrie Irving beyond the 2022/23 season, despite the popularity and profitability of his signature shoes, according to ESPN. Due to...

Elon Musk confirms deal to acquire Twitter on hold

Elon Musk revealed that his acquisition of Twitter is temporarily suspended for now, and this announcement came a few weeks after the Twitter board agreed to sell the company. The Tesla and SpaceX owner placed a bid of $44...

Korea’s Lotte acquires Bristol-Myers Squibb New York plant

Lotte Corporation, a South Korean multinational company that is also the fifth-largest chaebol in the country, is buying a Bristol-Myers Squibb bio facility in Syracuse, New York. Based on the reports, the sale deal is...

Starbucks’ pro-union baristas asked to be reinstated for alleged wrongful dismissal

Starbucks is being asked to give back the jobs of its seven pro-union baristas who were said to have been wrongfully fired. Union organizers have filed a petition in a federal court to order the coffee chain to reinstate...

Politics

Melania Trump was 'offended' that Anna Wintour did not contact her before visiting Donald Trump in 2016, new book says

Former US first lady Melania Trump was reportedly not happy with renowned Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour back in 2016, according to a new book. The book claimed that Wintour did not inform Mrs. Trump of her visit to...

Russia-Ukraine conflict: G7 says war is stoking food, energy crisis

Countries all over the world are experiencing the repercussions of Russias unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The G7 member countries have warned that the ongoing war is causing a food and energy crisis that will...

Joe Biden condemns "abhorrent" Buffalo mass shooting

US President Joe Biden condemned the racially motivated mass shooting that occurred in Buffalo, New York. Biden issued a statement describing the act as abhorrent to the very fabric of this nation. The US leader issued...

US VP Kamala Harris to lead US delegation to UAE this week

This week, US Vice President Kamala Harris will be traveling to the United Arab Emirates. Harris will be leading a US delegation to personally pay respects to the nations late president. Harris and the US delegation...

Science

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...

Osaka University team proves safety of iPS-based cornea transplant

An Osaka University research team has concluded that the worlds first clinical trial, transplanting corneal tissues derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, was safe and effective. According to the...

Technology

Analyst predicts next-gen Nintendo Switch could launch in 2024

Nintendo has yet to reveal concrete plans for the next generation of its gaming system. However, a market research firm predicts that the company could unveil the follow-up to the Nintendo Switch in two years. While the...

‘Dead Space’ remake to launch in January 2023

Motive Studios conducted the latest livestream event for the Dead Space remake to provide more details on the changes to expect from the upcoming game. But the developers also surprised fans this week after suddenly...

Bethesda delays ‘Starfield’ and ‘Redfall’ to 2023

Bethesdas Starfield and Arkanes Redfall are arguably one of the most anticipated video games this year. However, the publisher announced on Thursday that both games would no longer launch in 2022, just a few weeks before...

Pixel 6a will use a different in-display fingerprint sensor from the Pixel 6 series

The in-display fingerprint sensor on the standard Pixel 6 and high-end Pixel 6 Pro caused quite a stir a few weeks after they were released. Some users have complained about its performance and accuracy, while others have...
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