Topic archives: social media

The cost of Facebook’s free internet in Asia-Pacific

April 30, 2018 3

The social media monolith's efforts to grow by bringing free proprietary internet services to developing regions of the Asia Pacific has undermined press freedoms and enabled sectarian tension.

Rundle: Israel Folau’s homophobic comments are a flashpoint for players and power

April 18, 2018 24

Folau's fundamentalist comments reveal some of the contradictions that are tearing apart competitive team sport around the world.

#Libspill lies: the problem of groupthink is on us as much as social media platforms

April 6, 2018 14

Fake news about an imminent Dutton Prime Ministership illustrates why social media users are as much to blame as platforms for the deep problems created online.

Legally Binding: regarding your excruciating social media usage

March 26, 2018 3

You will hereby cease posting comments with the words “Have not read the whole article but …” (and other important amendments to The Social Contract)

Facebook’s constant algorithm tweaking may push journalists away for good

March 12, 2018 7

The affects of Facebook's pivot away from news media are being felt in earnest as publications relying on social media begin to close shop

Razer: #metoo stories will not always heal, but they do feed the media beast

October 19, 2017 5

It seems we do not believe so much in political action as we do in the political power of painful stories. This is misguided.

Social media policies just another weapon in the war on journos

Social media policies just another weapon in the war on journos

October 16, 2017 2

A company's social media policy may seem like window-dressing, but under the surface it's just another tool for controlling employees.

Public servant social media policy unenforceable, possibly unconstitutional

August 7, 2017 5

The new Turnbull government social media policy has been criticised as an attack of freedom of speech. But does it breach the constituion?

Traditional media not completely cut out in PM’s cut-through strategy

Traditional media not completely cut out in PM’s cut-through strategy

July 21, 2017

Turnbull is still as reliant on traditional media outlets as he is social media, despite a concerted push in his office to bypass them.

How can you tell if a tweet is credible?

March 6, 2017

It turns out that the more emotional a tweet is, the more likely it is to be believed, writes freelance journalist Anthea Batsakis.

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

News, news everywhere, but not a word of it is real

November 28, 2016 14

Publishing fake news has proven a lucrative business model -- with very real consequences.

How Facebook is screwing over digital publishers (including Crikey)

October 28, 2016 11

Facebook is no longer sharing news articles for free. Why? Because it wants publishers to pay for them.

Press Council tells Zuckerberg to be like Spider-man

September 13, 2016

Australian Press Council has called on Facebook to publish its editorial policy, if it has one.

C-SPAN turns to Periscope

June 23, 2016

Periscope and Facebook Live allowed the network to continue its coverage of a gun control debate.

ABC takes up arms in the culture war over ‘radical Islam’ tweet

June 16, 2016 2

Is it the job of the public broadcaster to weigh in on official channels about the term "radical Islam"?

Words are hard

May 24, 2016

The supermarket giant is probably crying over spilt milk.

Facebook news isn’t impartial: Gizmodo

May 10, 2016

Facebook is more like a traditional news organisation than you think.

Virtual pitchforks and guilty until proven … anything at all

April 22, 2016 5

Shaming people on social media make victims feel that they have a voice, but it undermines the entire justice system, writes freelance journalist Scott Kovacevic.

Tips and rumours: Stop The Tweets

February 23, 2016

One of the more popular theories behind an incendiary Twitter account called the Republic of Nauru is that it is run from Australia by Lyall Mercer from Mercer PR. Mercer PR has for the past few years facilitated communication between Australian journalists as the government of Nauru, and last year Mercer locked his Twitter account […]

Business bites: Alcoa cuts loose …  oldies’ Facebook use … VW’s lame excuse …

Business bites: Alcoa cuts loose … oldies’ Facebook use … VW’s lame excuse …

October 9, 2015

The golden oldies are taking to social media in droves. And other business tidbits of the day.