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Razer’s Class Warfare: tweeting pictures of dead Palestinian babies helps no one but you

In an age of spectacular oversupply of both images and political perspectives, gore has lost its value. Sharing graphic images from the Gaza conflict turns private moments of death and grief into horror pornography.

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Twitter becoming the latest instrument of terrorism

Terrorist groups have been targeting Twitter to put out fake warnings and alerts. But this is only the beginning of social media terrorism.

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Facebook manipulation yet more evidence of Silicon Valley’s contempt

The well-educated white men of Silicon Valley have no regard for you as a person. You are a set of data, and they can do what they please with it. Cue Facebook messing with your mind.

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Follow Friday: @ClaireBerlinski, talking Turkey in Paris

Writer, academic and ex-Istanbullu Claire Berlinski watches events in Turkey with a heavy heart but little surprise. To those interested in the region, she’s a leading voice on Twitter.

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Is Twitter worth $16b? Perhaps in a multi-screen game

Ahead of Twitter’s share float analysts are valuating the social media powerhouse at more than $16 billion. Will it flop like Facebook or justify its price in a multi-screen environment?

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Lib spike sparks dirty social media war accusation

The Liberal Party has been spending up big on promoted tweets and Facebook advertising — both totally above-board marketing tactics. But the party is now facing accusations of buying tens of thousands of bogus Facebook “likes” and “fans”, writes Matthew Knott.

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Byte-sized vitriol: internet reviews sour for restaurants

Foodies have the power to make and break restaurants with online reviews. But can you believe everything you read? Legal affairs reporter Kate Gibbs reports on the fraud cruelling some diners.

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Commercial TV ahead in political news but ABC trusted more

The ABC is the most trusted source of political news for voters, but they rely more heavily on commercial television and newspapers, and younger voters appear tuned out.

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Turkish PM v Twitter: government can’t stop social media tide

Social media has inspired much of the protest movement in Turkey. Now the government wants to unplug the networks. Good luck, writes Turkish-Australian academic Erdem Koc.

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Order in the House: online, and on message

Our MPs who use Facebook and Twitter are more productive and more engaged with locals than their offline counterparts, analysis by Bond University journalism students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme suggests. They fire up their iPhones to find out which pollies get social media.

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Tweet, tweet! A visual representation of MPs’ social media use

Which MPs are active on Facebook and Twitter? And what do they have to say on social media? Bond University students Krystal Etherington and Silje Remme fire up their laptops and take a look at our pollies online.

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Tear gas v Twitter: a Turkish protester tells his story

Turks have taken to the streets in protest against their Islamist Prime Minister. An Australian who joined them in Istanbul last weekend, Erinch Sahan, explains why he did so — and why you won’t hear about in the Turkish media.

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Who’s afraid of Facebook? Australia’s top businesses

Australia’s largest companies say they’re using social media, but they’re not using the networks most Australians use. Twitter rules, ahead of Facebook.

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Eye spy: the future of terror will be viral

You could have the box seat for the next terrorist attack — whether you like it or not. The Boston bombings and resulting social media storm were a window to the revolution online.

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Democratising the exploitation of terrorism after Boston

Terrorist incidents in Western countries now produce a highly ritualised response, and that applies to social media as well.

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The Twitter alternative you might be willing to pay for

App.net went and changed the Silicon Valley orthodoxy with a paid, then “freemium”, model to threaten Twitter. But are we willing to pay for a better, more secure service?

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Gillard’s ‘stop the trolls’ plan will please the media, but it’s nothing new

Now there’s a war on cyberbullying. What is the government up to, and will it make a difference?

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Facebookie: social betting next big thing in gambling

You can’t bet real money online, but you can play simulated casino games on your smartphone for “fun”. If the law changes, researchers are concerned it may have impacts on how we gamble online.

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Sentia Media index: politics over policy in Canberra

It was the politics of Canberra, not the policy, which dominated media headlines, talkback radio and social media chatter this week.

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War by social media: ‘we’re coming for you Gaza!’

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas heats up again, Crikey intern David Donaldson traces war by social media.

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When social media meets socialism: China challenged

As China prepares to anoint its leaders for the next decade, freelance journalist Monica Tan assesses the impact of runaway social media on the government of the Middle Kingdom.

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Google defames us all, but should we sue?

What is to “publish” in the digital age? Search engines are now targets as we wake up to the fact the law says we’re publishing every time we go online.

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Fake followers and the upshot of dodgy social media

You may have heard of black hat search engine optimisation, but what about black hat social media? Patrick Stafford of SmartCompany asks if it works.

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Sentia Media index: SA politicians and baby boo boo

Politicians in South Australia and the ACT featured this week, while Kevin Rudd still lurks in the shadows, writes Sentia Media’s John Chalmers.

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Google, Facebook the giants of Australian online media

In a worrying trend for mainstream media, Australians are turning away from traditional news sources in their search for information. Facebook leads the pack.

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