Press Release Category: Social Networks

Telegram app rides high on thirst for trustworthy news

In the days after Vladimir Putin’s invasion of his country, Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, used his Telegram channel to send a defiant video message from the centre of the capital, Kyiv, calling on the nation to unite and resist the Russian attack.The WhatsApp-like messaging service, co-founded by exiled Russian billionaire brothers Pavel and Nikolai Durov,…

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Andrew Forrest hits back at Facebook claim he signed away his rights

Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest has ridiculed the idea that by signing up to a Facebook account he signed away his rights.After years of attacking Facebook’s refusal to remove scam ads featuring his face, Forrest launched civil proceedings against the social media behemoth in California.He alleges the company’s failure to stop cryptocurrency-related scam ads were “negligent” and…

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One year on from Australia’s showdown with Facebook over the news media code, there’s still a lot we don’t know | Peter Lewis

A year ago this morning Australians woke to discover the company formerly known as Facebook had unfriended them, a globally significant strike on democratically elected lawmakers attempting to regulate in the public interest.For catch-up viewers Facebook removed all news content, along with a trove of pages from civil society and government, including a domestic violence…

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‘Every move scrutinized’: Facebook’s rocky road to the metaverse

It would hardly be hyperbole to say that since its founding in 2004, Facebook has taken over the world – counting more than 50% of the global population as its user base. But after years of domination built on advertising revenue, the company has nearly overnight tried to knock down that empire and build anew.In…

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Peter Thiel, PayPal founder and Trump ally, to step down from Meta board

Peter Thiel, the co-founder of PayPal and Palantir Technologies, is stepping down from the board of Facebook’s parent company, Meta, after 17 years.Thiel, Facebook’s longest-serving board member and a major donor to the Republican party, plans to focus on backing Donald Trump’s allies in the November midterm elections, according to the New York Times. He…

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Why the Facebook owner’s shares are in freefall

Mark Zuckerberg’s social media empire felt the full force of investors’ concerns about its growth prospects on Wednesday, as the revelation of Facebook’s first-ever drop in daily users helped trigger a share price rout.It was the first set of quarterly results for the parent company of Facebook under its new name, Meta. Here are some…

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The metaverse is dystopian – but to big tech it’s a business opportunity

Once upon a time, a very long time ago – until Thursday 28 October 2021, to be precise – the term “metaverse” was known only to lexicographers and science fiction enthusiasts. And then, suddenly, it was everywhere. How come? Simply this: Mark Zuckerberg, the supreme leader of Facebook, pissed off by seeing nothing but bad…

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Proposed anti-trolling laws could worsen online abuse, Australian law experts say

The Law Council and defamation experts have panned the Coalition’s anti-trolling bill, warning it will deprive defamation victims of redress and does little to solve the problem of online trolling.The Law Council and academics David Rolph and Michael Douglas have warned giving companies operating social media pages a defence may worsen online abuse and harm…

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