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The Australian government is going after social media companies with $10 million fines for privacy breaches

- October 26, 2021 3 MIN READ

The government is getting ready to hand out $10 million fines for companies mismanaging user information with new legislation targeting social media companies. A draft of the Privacy Legislation Amendment (Enhancing Online Privacy and Other Measures) Bill 2021 – or the Online Privacy Bill for short – was circulated on Monday. The bill aims to… Read more »

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5 ways the massive Twitch data leak might change live streaming as we know it

- October 8, 2021 4 MIN READ

Yesterday a colossal data leak from live streaming platform Twitch.tv was posted on controversial internet forum 4chan by an anonymous user. Twitch hosts millions of users who stream their daily activities to a combined audience of tens of millions of people. The platform is used primarily to stream computer game-related content, although users can broadcast… Read more »

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The Facebook outage reveals major problems within the social media giant

- October 6, 2021 3 MIN READ

Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance. In a blog post, Downdetector.com, a major monitoring service for online outages, called it the largest global outage it had ever recorded — with 10.6 million reports from around the world. The outage had an especially massive… Read more »

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‘Dark ads’ on Facebook aid discrimination, so a new project is researching how that affects Australians

- October 4, 2021 4 MIN READ

Social media platforms are transforming how online advertising works and, in turn, raising concerns about new forms of discrimination and predatory marketing. So the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision Making and Society (ADM+S) — a multi-university entity led by RMIT — launched the Australian Ad Observatory. This research project will explore how platforms… Read more »

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Women are finding support in closed Facebook groups, but running them adds to their burden and stress

- September 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

Would you share your most intimate thoughts with strangers? For many women, during the pandemic and associated lockdowns, closed Facebook groups have been a place to do just that. These groups offer a chance to escape the house virtually and spend time with like-minded souls, sometimes chatting, often venting, and seeking solidarity in virtual sisterhood.… Read more »

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Facebook’s Ray-Ban plan seems to be all about normalising surveillance technology

- September 14, 2021 3 MIN READ

In partnership with eyewear brand Ray-Ban, Facebook has released its first pair of smart glasses, offering wearers the ability to capture photos and videos without even needing to pull out their phone. The glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, are now available for A$449 and are functionally similar to devices already on the market, such as SnapChat… Read more »

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The High Court ruled the media are liable for Facebook comments on stories. Here’s what that means for you

- September 9, 2021 4 MIN READ

A publisher can be held responsible for defamatory comments readers leave on its Facebook pages, the High Court has ruled, in a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for social media users throughout Australia. This decision may mean anyone who runs a social media page can theoretically be sued over disparaging comments posted by readers… Read more »

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New Australian surveillance laws give police powers to alter Facebook and Twitter posts

- September 7, 2021 4 MIN READ

A new law gives Australian police unprecedented powers for online surveillance, data interception and altering data. These powers, outlined in the Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Bill, raise concerns over potential misuse, privacy and security. The bill updates the Surveillance Devices Act 2004 and Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979. In essence, it allows… Read more »

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The OnlyFans ban controversy highlights the uncertainty facing most gig economy workers

- September 3, 2021 3 MIN READ

The saga over subscription-based social media platform OnlyFans, which announced it would ban sexually explicit content only to reverse that decision a week later, has highlighted just how quickly such a platform can move the goalposts for those relying on it for an income. Yes, the most successful “content creators” on OnlyFans can reportedly make… Read more »

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Twitter is designed for hostility and controversy – and women cop it the most. Here’s why, and how it might change

- September 1, 2021 4 MIN READ

Twitter has come under increasing public scrutiny for facilitating hostile communication online. While the micro-blogging site promotes itself as providing a “free” and “safe” space to talk, critics have highlighted the company’s inept response to repeated instances of trolling, harassment and abuse. Our research into how people present themselves and manage their interactions with other… Read more »

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How Twitter’s misinformation reporting trial in Australia could end up misleading people

- August 20, 2021 4 MIN READ

Over the past year, we’ve seen how dramatically misinformation can impact the lives of people, communities and entire countries. In a bid to better understand how misinformation spreads online, Twitter has started an experimental trial in Australia, the United States and South Korea, allowing users to flag content they deem misleading. Users in these countries… Read more »