YouTube suspends Sky News Australia channel

YouTube suspends Sky News Australia channel

YouTube is owned by Google parent company Alphabet. YouTube said Sunday it had barred Sky News Australia from uploading new content for one week, citing concerns about COVID-19 misinformation. The move comes after a review of posts uploaded by the Rupert Murdoch-owned TV channel, which has a substantial online presence....

Is Facebook ‘killing us’? A new study investigates

Is Facebook ‘killing us’? A new study investigates

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Following the Surgeon General's July 15 advisory on health misinformation and social media, President Joe Biden remarked that Facebook and other social media platforms are "killing people." Though Biden quickly backpedaled on his remark, Facebook rebutted it, citing instead its own study that showed increasing "vaccine...

Twitter tests shopping in e-commerce move

Twitter tests shopping in e-commerce move

Twitter is testing a feature allowing consumers to make purchases directly on the platform, getting into the growing field of "social commerce" Twitter on Wednesday began testing a feature allowing businesses sell goods from their profile pages at the one-to-many messaging platform. A "Shopping Module" being tried by a few...

Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

Facebook assembles team to build ‘metaverse’

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook on Monday said it was combining specialists from across its hardware, gaming and virtual reality units to build an immersive digital world known as the "metaverse." The "metaverse," a term coined by sci-fi writer Neal Stephenson, refers to a shared online world in which multiple...

Can Facebook’s $1 bn gamble help it regain lost cool?

Can Facebook’s $1 bn gamble help it regain lost cool?

Worldwide, Gen Z have increasingly been abandoning Facebook in favour of other apps. Like internet personalities the world over, Kenyan TikTok comedian Mark Mwas was intrigued when Facebook announced a $1 billion plan to pay content creators like him. But the 25-year-old, whose following surged past 160,000 as entertainment-starved Kenyans...

Akamai software update triggers internet outages

Akamai software update triggers internet outages

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Websites were briefly knocked offline Thursday after a software update triggered a glitch at network specialty firm Akamai. Reports of internet outages from locations around the world spiked at website Downdetector, with US-based Akamai saying some websites were offline for as long as an hour."A software...

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