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    Facebook wants to cut down on misinformation. So why isn't it doing anything about Infowars?

    Facebook wants to cut down on misinformation. So why isn't it doing anything about Infowars?


    Facebook has spent much of the last one and a half years trying to tamp down the spread of false and malicious information that bloomed on its platform during the 2016 US presidential...

    Facebook has spent much of the last one and a half years trying to tamp down the spread of false and malicious information that bloomed on its platform during the 2016 US presidential election.
    'Neymar Challenge' spreading like wildfire on social media

    'Neymar Challenge' spreading like wildfire on social media


    It's been a few days since Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup, but escaping Neymar's diving antics will take much...

    It's been a few days since Brazil were eliminated from the World Cup, but escaping Neymar's diving antics will take much longer. 
    Unilever's plan to combat the 'dark side' of social media advertising

    Unilever's plan to combat the 'dark side' of social media advertising


    The consumer goods colossus Unilever, which is a force in global advertising, has taken a stand against the use of social media...

    The consumer goods colossus Unilever, which is a force in global advertising, has taken a stand against the use of social media "influencers".
    Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction - with an app

    Rebel developers are trying to cure our smartphone addiction - with an app


    To understand why it's so hard to pry yourself free from your phone, Facebook account and Twitter, you need to know about Burrhus Frederic Skinner's...

    To understand why it's so hard to pry yourself free from your phone, Facebook account and Twitter, you need to know about Burrhus Frederic Skinner's pigeons.
    Mummy memer and the art of 'memeology'

    Mummy memer and the art of 'memeology'


    Memes permeate the internet with often humorous, ironic or downright silly messages and...

    Memes permeate the internet with often humorous, ironic or downright silly messages and imagery.
    Teens ditching Facebook for YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat - survey

    Teens ditching Facebook for YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat - survey


    More teens are splitting up with Facebook, choosing to spend their social media time on rivals including Snapchat and...

    More teens are splitting up with Facebook, choosing to spend their social media time on rivals including Snapchat and YouTube.
    Eggplants, tacos and sweat droplets; what emojis 'actually' mean

    Eggplants, tacos and sweat droplets; what emojis 'actually' mean


    Coiln Mathura-Jeffree sent a text including an emoji or two, and then found out what he thought he was sending was different to how it was...

    Coiln Mathura-Jeffree sent a text including an emoji or two, and then found out what he thought he was sending was different to how it was interpreted.
    3500 Facebook ads show scale of Russian manipulation

    3500 Facebook ads show scale of Russian manipulation


    Democrats on the US House Intelligence Committee have released about 3500 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that...

    Democrats on the US House Intelligence Committee have released about 3500 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections.
    Facebook friends service 'links extremists'

    Facebook friends service 'links extremists'


    Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Isil extremists to one another, via its "suggested friends" feature, it can be...

    Facebook has helped introduce thousands of Isil extremists to one another, via its "suggested friends" feature, it can be revealed.
    David Slack: Dirty politics didn't end, it just took a holiday

    David Slack: Dirty politics didn't end, it just took a holiday


    OPINION: It's not easy to be cheerful and courteous when you're underneath a house with no room to move. This is where you can end up, at the end of a long renovation. The builder has stopped turning up because he's no longer making any dough on the...

    OPINION: It's not easy to be cheerful and courteous when you're underneath a house with no room to move. This is where you can end up, at the end of a long renovation. The builder has stopped turning up because he's no longer making any dough on the project. The only person left to finish the job is you.  So you're under the house, on your back, in the dirt, nose to the underside of the polished rimu tongue and groove floorboards, and the phone rings and you think: this had better be good.
    Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

    Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages


    Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion...

    Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users.
    NZ Facebook users to miss out on greater privacy protection: Reports

    NZ Facebook users to miss out on greater privacy protection: Reports


    Changes reportedly coming to Facebook's terms of service will result in New Zealanders missing out on greater protection offered by European privacy law coming into force next...

    Changes reportedly coming to Facebook's terms of service will result in New Zealanders missing out on greater protection offered by European privacy law coming into force next month.
    Alison Mau: As Cher and Steve Wozniak delete Facebook, I'm doing the opposite

    Alison Mau: As Cher and Steve Wozniak delete Facebook, I'm doing the opposite


    OPINION: It's already being described as an iconic moment. Small and pale, surrounded by massive security guards, on Wednesday one of the most powerful men in the world walked into a committee room in Washington to the sound of a thousand camera...

    OPINION: It's already being described as an iconic moment. Small and pale, surrounded by massive security guards, on Wednesday one of the most powerful men in the world walked into a committee room in Washington to the sound of a thousand camera clicks.
    Generation gap becomes a chasm as Facebook's Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate

    Generation gap becomes a chasm as Facebook's Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate


    SATIRE: Mr Zuckerberg, thank you for agreeing to appear today before this joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees.  I would remind you that you are under a legal obligation to answer all questions truthfully. Do you wish to make an...

    SATIRE: Mr Zuckerberg, thank you for agreeing to appear today before this joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees.  I would remind you that you are under a legal obligation to answer all questions truthfully. Do you wish to make an opening statement?
    Fears raised over promotion of unhealthy food on social media in New Zealand

    Fears raised over promotion of unhealthy food on social media in New Zealand


    New research into how food companies use social media to promote food in New Zealand reveals much of that promotion includes unhealthy food. The University of Auckland study looked at 762 Facebook posts by 45 packaged food, beverage and fast food...

    New research into how food companies use social media to promote food in New Zealand reveals much of that promotion includes unhealthy food.

    The University of Auckland study looked at 762 Facebook posts by 45 packaged food, beverage and fast food companies over two months and the YouTube channels of 15 companies over two years, which posted about 300 videos.

    Two-thirds of all posts featured unhealthy foods - foods high in saturated fat, salt or sugar.

    The posts were made in 2015-2016.

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    Napier Mayor Bill Dalton quits social media over 'abusive' comments

    Napier Mayor Bill Dalton quits social media over 'abusive' comments


    Napier Mayor Bill Dalton is quitting social media because of a barrage of "abusive" comments aimed at his family by "brainless"...

    Napier Mayor Bill Dalton is quitting social media because of a barrage of "abusive" comments aimed at his family by "brainless" locals.
    Facebook sends privacy alerts to affected users

    Facebook sends privacy alerts to affected users


    Facebook has begun alerting some users that their data was swept up in the Cambridge Analytica privacy...

    Facebook has begun alerting some users that their data was swept up in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal.