Business

C-rap: the most talked about part of Canva Create isn’t the product (but it totally is) because of a song

- May 27, 2024 4 MIN READ

There’s a famous maxim in advertising, courtesy of industry legend David Ogilvy that: “If you have nothing to say, sing it”. Combine that with Oscar Wilde’s observation that: “There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about”, and you have the defining moment of Canva… Read more »

Politics

Elon Musk 1, eSafety Commissioner 0, in legal battle over priest stabbing video removal on X

- May 14, 2024 2 MIN READ

Elon Musk has won the latest round in his Federal Court fight with Australia’s eSafety Commissioner over demands that his social media company X (aka Twitter) remove footage of a bishop being stabbed in Sydney last month. The decision by Justice Geoffrey Kennett limits the powers of  Commissioner Julie Inman Grant and the country’s Online… Read more »

Social Media

The misinformation on X about the Bondi Junction attack shows how far Twitter has fallen

- April 17, 2024 3 MIN READ

Demonstrably false claims and misinformation have been prominently featured on X, including by Verified users, following the Bondi Junction attack, as the social media platform again fails to grapple with a major breaking news story. Twitter was once the go-to platform for real-time, breaking news stories, often led by journalists boasting verified blue ticks. But… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg
Social Media

‘Blood on their hands’: US politicians rip into social media bosses over child sexual abuse concerns

- February 1, 2024 3 MIN READ

Social media firms are offering “a product that’s killing people” and their CEOs have “blood on their hands” for failing to protect children from online predators, a US senator has told five tech executives during vitriolic hearings in which Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg was forced to apologise to angry families of victims of online child grooming.… Read more »

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Funding

Square Peg backs expat Australian’s Facebook alternative for Gen Z in $4 million Seed round

- November 9, 2023 2 MIN READ

With Facebook now the social media version of a nursing home, a rival London-based startup cofounded by expat Australian Jack Symonds, has bagged $4 million in Seed round. The raise for Lounge, which is connecting the current generation of university students on in four countries, including Australia, was led by Square Peg with support from existing… Read more »

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Social Media

Elon Musk’s rebranded Twitter has been fined $610,000 by Australian authorities for failing to respond to concerns about child sex abuse material

- October 18, 2023 4 MIN READ

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner, Julie Grant, has found X (formerly Twitter) guilty of serious non-compliance to a transparency notice on child sex abuse material. The commissioner has issued X with an infringement notice for A$610,500. The commissioner first issued transparency notices to Google, X (then Twitter), Twitch, TikTok and Discord in February under the Online Safety… Read more »

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Social Media

Why you should meditate if you’re still using Twitter

- September 18, 2023 2 MIN READ

While owner Elon Musk denies X, his rebranded Twitter, is an even bigger cesspit of abuse, racism, and unfettered nastiness than it already was, perhaps one way to improve things is meditation, according to Kiwi academics. Researchers from University of Auckland (UaA) trawled through more than 60,000 Twitter posts by users who’d completed a two-month… Read more »

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Social Media

Nobody’s sure if quitting social media has long-term benefits because most people can’t stop for long enough to find out

- May 30, 2023 3 MIN READ

Being on social media has become synonymous with living in the 21st century. Year after year, we see new platforms and smarter algorithms roping us into highly addictive online worlds. Now, a growing number of people have noticed this trend and are actively making an effort to resist it. Anecdotally, a case can be made… Read more »

Bluesky
Social Media

Everyone’s talking about Bluesky as the new Twitter alternative – here’s how it works

- May 23, 2023 3 MIN READ

Amid management changes at Twitter, discontented users are exploring an alternative social media platform called Bluesky. According to media reports, downloads of the Bluesky app surged more than 600% in April. Initially conceived by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey in 2019 as a complementary project aimed to improve Twitter user experience, Bluesky transitioned into a standalone… Read more »

Elon Musk
Social Media

I tweet dead people: Twitter’s new paid blue ticks given to deceased celebrities, including murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

- April 24, 2023 3 MIN READ

Last week, Elon Musk finally had his long-awaited Thanos moment for legacy verification in a rapid scheduled disassembly. It was a busy day for the boss of Twitter and SpaceX when it comes to valuable lessons from watching billions of dollars of hard work explode. But if we’re to believe Musk (this time) after the… Read more »

Twitter
Social Media

How Elon Musk crashed Twitter

- April 19, 2023 3 MIN READ

When Elon Musk closed the deal to buy Twitter late last year, the company suddenly found itself facing a US$3 billion yearly deficit and was four months away from bankruptcy, the billionaire told the BBC in an interview last week. Why was Twitter in trouble? Because Musk bought it. “In rough numbers, in a normal… Read more »

Tyson Scholz
ASX

Court bans ‘ASX Wolf’ finfluencer Tyson Scholz from handing out online financial advice

- April 14, 2023 2 MIN READ

Social media “finfluencer” Tyson Robert Scholz, known as “ASX Wolf” on social media, has been threatened with jail time if he attempts to charge for financial and share trading advice following a ban by the Federal Court. In December, Justice Kylie Downes found that Scholz had illegally run a financial service business between March 2020… Read more »

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Social Media

Consumer watchdog launches influencer crackdown over hidden ads after social media users dob them in

- January 30, 2023 2 MIN READ

The Australia Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) is combing through social media platforms to identify influencers that don’t disclose affiliations with the product and company they’re promoting. Social media users reported more than 100 influencers to the regulator.  Most tip-offs were about beauty, lifestyle, parenting, and fashion influencers who failed to follow the advertising disclosure… Read more »