Across the Metaverse

Have you heard about the “metaverse”? It’s the next new thing, according to Facebook founder-and-CEO-for-life Mark Zuckerberg. “Think about the metaverse as an embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content, you are in it,” he said recently as he announced the formation of a metaverse product group within the trillion-dollar social media colossus. So … Continue reading Across the Metaverse

Apple’s new “app tracking transparency” has angered Facebook.

By Paul Haskell-Dowland and Nikolai Hampton. Apple users across the globe are adopting the latest operating system update, called iOS 14.5, featuring the now-obligatory new batch of emojis. But there’s another change that’s arguably less fun but much more significant for many users: the introduction of “app tracking transparency”. This feature promises to usher in … Continue reading Apple’s new “app tracking transparency” has angered Facebook.

Banning news links just days before Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout?

By Maryke Steffens, University of Sydney Facebook’s decision to ban media organisations from posting links to news articles on the social media giant’s platform comes less than a week before Australia’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins. The ban also prevented many health organisations, government health departments and other organisations from posting links (some, but not all, … Continue reading Banning news links just days before Australia’s COVID vaccine rollout?

Facebook farce

At a time such as this when we need credible science information like never before, cosmosmagazine.com’s main social media presence has been blocked by the owner of the platform: Facebook. The Facebook block comes as part of government and publishing-industry efforts to make tech giants contribute to the news content they have otherwise been sharing for … Continue reading Facebook farce

Be true to yourself on Facebook

It’s at first hard to know what to do with research that links “Facebook” and “authenticity”. Or perhaps that’s merely a grumpy old social-media-avoider’s take on it. Nevertheless, findings just published in Nature Communications suggest that if users engage in self-expression on social media, there may be psychological benefits associated with being authentic. To wit: individuals who … Continue reading Be true to yourself on Facebook

Mapping online distrust in health expertise

Facebook communities that distrust establishment health advice are more effective than government agencies and other reliable groups at reaching and engaging with undecided individuals, according to a study published in the journal Nature. US researchers tracked vaccine conversations among 100 million Facebook users at the height of the 2019 measles outbreak and created a “battleground” map they say … Continue reading Mapping online distrust in health expertise

Swipe right for puppy playdates

A dog’s life in the city can be a lonely one but a QUT business student has come up with a unique solution – a free match-making app, PatchPets, for doggy playdates. When 21-year old Josh Fritz moved from his home town of Moranbah to Brisbane and adopted Quincy, a cavoodle, he found his perfect … Continue reading Swipe right for puppy playdates

Why are Australians still using Facebook?

This week marks 15 years since Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg first set up the platform with his college roommate Eduardo Saverin. Since then, Facebook has grown into a giant global enterprise. The platform now has more than 2.32 billion monthly users and ranks fifth in terms of market value among the world’s top internet companies. … Continue reading Why are Australians still using Facebook?