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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 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...

Social Media Revolution Series

TikTok teens and the Trump campaign: How social media amplifies political activism and threatens election integrity

Jul 02, 2020 15:42 pm UTC| Politics

The lower-than-expected attendance at President Trumps rally in Tulsa on June 20 was attributed, at least in part, to an online army of K-pop fans who used the social network TikTok to organize and reserve tickets for the...

Social Media Revolution Series

The hidden costs of social media use in elections: A Ghana case study

Dec 04, 2019 12:17 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Social media is becoming increasingly central to election campaigns around the world. In the process, it is transforming politics in a number of ways. Unsurprisingly, journalists and analysts have focused on the more...

Social Media Revolution Series

How to be a healthy user of social media

Jan 17, 2017 08:00 am UTC| Insights & Views Life

We can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying from heart disease. Analyses of Facebook updates show women tend to be warmer...

Social Media Revolution Series

Social media shots affect body image because we only show our best side

Dec 16, 2016 02:02 am UTC| Life

Many modern celebrities are known for being excessive sharers on social media. For instance, the Kardashians are notorious for posting daily glamorous and often lingerie clad images on Instagram that attract several...

Social Media Revolution Series

Why do we fall for fake news?

Dec 09, 2016 16:07 pm UTC| Insights & Views Technology

In recent weeks, the amount of online fake news that circulated during the final months of the presidential race is coming to light, a disturbing revelation that threatens to undermine the countrys democratic process. Were...

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Economy

UK inks stopgap trade deal with Canada to get ready for Brexit

The UK signed a stopgap agreement with Canada, allowing trade between the two countries to continue under the same terms as Canadas existing treaty with the EU. The two countries are working on a new bilateral...

UN agency's heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic criticized as outrageous

The Clean Arctic Alliance criticized as outrageous the UN agency International Maritime Organizations (IMO) ban on the use and carriage of heavy oil fuel (HFO) by ships in Arctic waters as it would come into effect only in...

Vietnam only Southeast Asian country poised for economic growth this year: IMF

Vietnam is the only Southeast Asian country identified by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to be on track for economic growth this year, forecast at 2.4 percent. The IMF attributed the countrys decisive steps to...

S. Korea card spending up 6.3% during November shopping festival

Card spending in South Korea on Nov. 1 to 15 when the annual nationwide shopping festival FESTA was held amounted to 37.4 trillion won, rising 6.3 percent from a year earlier. The shopping festival drew a total of 1,784...

US to add 4 more in list of Chinese military-backed firms

The Trump administration is poised to designate four more Chinese companies as backed by its countrys military, curbing their access to US investors. The designations would increase the number in the list of Communist...

Politics

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner shunned from New York: Report

Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner were told not to return to New York where they originally reside prior to Donald Trumps win in the presidential election in 2016. It was reported that analysts predicted the couple is no...

Joe Biden win in Georgia certified by governor and secretary of state

During the recent presidential elections, the state of Georgia was flipped to blue with Joe Biden garnering more votes than Donald Trump. Despite Trumps desperate attempts to overturn the election in his favor, Georgias...

Donald Trump defends US withdrawal from Paris Climate Accords at G20 Summit

With less than two months left in office, Donald Trump has rarely been seen in public following his election loss to Joe Biden and refusal to concede. Trump recently reiterated his reasons for withdrawing the US from the...

Melania Trump unveils a sculpture installation at the White House

With her time as first lady coming to an end by January, first lady Melania Trump is making more additions to the White House. Melania recently unveiled a sculpture installation in the revamped Rose Garden. The first...

Science

NASA discovery: Hubble Space Telescope captures 'cinnamon bun' shaped galaxy 31 million light-years away

Galaxies tend to look very similar to one another but only vary in size. NASA and ESAs Hubble Space Telescope has captured one galaxy that has an unusual shape 31 million light-years away. The Hubble found an...

Mars mission: Elon Musk says first settlers on Red Planet will live in glass domes

One of the goals when it comes to the upcoming Mars missions is to colonize the neighboring planet. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently stated that those who would become the first settlers on the red planet would have to live...

NASA discovery: Origins of Blue Ring Nebula finally uncovered

Certain phenomena in space tend to go unanswered for a while and it can stay unsolved, at least it could be said for the Blue Ring Nebula. However, NASA was able to solve its origins after 16 years of remaining a...

COVID-19 cure: Mouthwash may kill coronavirus in saliva, according to new study

To this day there has yet to be a cure that is made widely available all over the world as firms are still undergoing more tests for a possible cure or vaccine for COVID-19. While frequent hand washing is key to prevent...

Technology

‘Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’: What are the crafting materials and where to find them

Assassins Creed Valhalla is one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it was finally released this month. While some avid gamers may have already achieved significant progress in the game, some might still need...

OnePlus 9 release date is reportedly set for March 2021

The first round of leaks for the OnePlus 9 series emerged online recently showing that a major redesign on its rear cameras could be anticipated. Meanwhile, OnePlus is also reportedly eyeing a much earlier release date for...

Huawei HarmonyOS 2.0 could be compatible with close to 50 devices

Huaweis HarmonyOS, also known as the Hongmeng operating system, is expected to launch on smartphones in the future. While a clear timeline is not available at this point, a supposed list of eligible devices has emerged...

‘Nioh’ remastered release date is confirmed with free upgrades on PlayStation 5

It is not a surprise that a game series such as Nioh is getting a remastered release on PlayStation 5, especially since the original versions were not available on other consoles except PS4. However, fans will still be...

iPhone 13 devices could have battery-efficient LTPO display making 120Hz refresh rate more likely

If there was one feature that Apple fans wished to see in the iPhone 12 series, it was the adoption of a 120Hz refresh rate for the display. While that did not happen in 2020, recent reports on possible iPhone 13 specs...
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