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Kim Kardashian West confuses fans with weird social media posts
Extreme weather: Social media reaction in US and Australia
How your social media account could help you get a loan
UFO hunters in a frenzy over bizarre alien spaceship that looks like a BOOB on Google Maps
Aussie schoolies trash hotel room, post gloating video on social media
Schoolies trash hotel room, post gloating video on social media
Kathy Griffin attacks TMZ founder Harvey Levin, leaks his phone number on social media
No child under 12 should be on social media, bullying expert says
2018-01-13 04:56:17 Parents must get tough about social media use in the wake of the tragic death of 14-year-old Amy 'Dolly' Everett, a leading Australian child psychologist says, warning children under 12 should not be on social media at all. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, a youth mental health expert who is known for writing books like The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, said children under 12 should be banned from using social media   Read More ...
Behind the scenes in the life of a social media influencer: Meet Rachael Brook
2018-01-12 07:16:43 The lives of YouTube and Instagram stars can often look glamorous, but behind the scenes of making it a full-time job are challenges few know about. Rachael Brook’s transition from makeup artist to social media influencer was a steep learning curve. “My biggest challenge, particularly from starting at a young age was learning to do what’s best for me as a person, as a brand, as a business, as a professional,” she said   Read More ...
Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg flags changes to make the social media platform more 'meaningful'
2018-01-12 04:08:41 Facebook will change the way it does business to emphasise "meaningful social interactions" rather than the type of News Feed scrolling that critics say is addictive, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg says. Key points: Facebook users to see more posts from friends and family and less from public brands or businesses Changes are meant to provide a more meaningful experience It will likely reduce the amount of time users spend on the platform, but Facebook CEO hopes that time will be "more valuable" Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook that the changes would be "major" and lead to a short-term drop in the time spent on the network, but that it would be better for users and for the business over the long term   Read More ...
Retailers tap into social media following for big sales, boosting national figures
2018-01-11 15:13:34 There were folding camp chairs, milk crates and sleeping bags set up under cloudy skies outside Sydney's flagship Apple store days before the launch of the iPhone X. The die-hard tech fans camping out on George Street for the latest iPhone are usually a source of amusement for pedestrians passing by on their way to work. But it's serious business: the ceaseless demand for iPhones and other electronic gadgets buoyed the Australian retail market in November, the biggest monthly jump in four years   Read More ...
Kim Kardashian West confuses fans with weird social media posts
2018-01-11 07:35:00 The queen of social media usually nails her Instagram and Snapchat posts — sponsored or not — but two of her offerings yesterday certainly raised eyebrows among fans. Pretty much everyone knows by now that the reality TV star is expecting her third child in the coming months — her first via surrogate. In a well-timed strategy, she posted a Snapchat video listing all the baby “must-haves” she’s been shopping for   Read More ...
Functional social media campaigns, not #fitspo, inspire women to be fit: study
2018-01-10 18:18:11 New Australian research has found that, while traditional "fitspiration" images do little to inspire women to lead healthier lifestyles, social media content that focuses on the act of exercising as a benefit in itself is more effective. The research, jointly conducted by Flinders University, the University of the Sunshine Coast and Melbourne's Burnet Institute, found images that encouraged functional fitness had a more positive impact on women's wellbeing and intent to exercise than images which showed aspirational bodies   Read More ...
Lorna Jane vindicated after two-year, $570,000 bullying case: Lessons for your social media policy
2018-01-10 12:09:55 Legal experts are urging businesses to train their staff in up-to-date social media policies this year, after activewear brand Lorna Jane won a two-year legal battle in November against a former employee who claimed the company was responsible for the psychiatric impacts of bullying at work. Former Brisbane store manager Amy Robinson filed a legal claim against Lorna Jane in 2015, seeking $570,000 in damages   Read More ...
Ashes 2017-18: Australia's merciless use of propaganda to publicly shame England was planned - and comedy is the best response
2018-01-10 05:08:59 England's backroom staff is already ample, but room could be made for one more post: a head of comedy, to expose Australia's relentless mischief and stop Ashes tours being a marathon of reactive PR. As Jon Ronson explores in his book So You've Been Publicly Shamed, forcing people into a cringe position is now easy, and Australia used the tactic mercilessly in their 4-0 series win   Read More ...
Reuters journalists to appear in court as Bill Clinton calls for their release
2018-01-10 03:10:52 Bangkok: It was a trap reminiscent of the darkest days of the Myanmar army's half-century of repressive rule. On December 12 as world outrage was growing over a pogrom against Rohingya Muslims two young and ambitious Reuters reporters received an invitation journalists dream about. They were invited for dinner on the outskirts of Yangon with a pair of police officers who had worked in townships in Myanmar's western Rakhine state where Rohingya survivors had pointed to a mass grave as evidence of army-led atrocities   Read More ...
Messaging, social media apps driving deadly clashes with leopards: Indian wildlife groups
2018-01-08 22:13:07 Last November, a leopard which entered a house in a Haryana village, in North India, was beaten to death by a mob claiming self defence. Sandeep Katana was in the crowd. "They like to take pictures and post on social media if they see a leopard," the 28-year-old real estate worker said. "They have only heard and read about leopards on TV, in books   Read More ...
KIIS FM radio hosts blasted for ‘disrespectful’ stunt
2018-01-08 06:34:07 Jase Hawkins and PJ Harding hosted their first show on KIIS 101.1 in Melbourne this morning and were joined in the studio by the hosts of KIIS FM’s new national drive show, Will McMahon and Woody Whitelaw. Will and Woody thought it would be funny to wear merchandise from the previous KIIS FM breakfast show in Melbourne which was hosted by Matt Tilley and Meshel Laurie   Read More ...
Department of Foreign Affairs spends $100,000 on junket for European journalists
2018-01-08 06:10:43 The foreign affairs department spent close to $100,000 of taxpayers' money on an Australian tour for European journalists which included business class flights. Documents obtained by AAP. under freedom of information, show six journalists and a think tank researcher were flown business class from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Ireland and Sweden, at a cost of close to $54,000 in March last year   Read More ...
Extreme weather: Social media reaction in US and Australia
2018-01-07 14:33:29 The contrast couldn't be greater. The eastern US is experiencing record-breaking low temperatures while in Australia, the city of Sydney has had its hottest weather in nearly 80 years. Posts on social media are reflecting what the extremes feel like. The US National Weather Service said the temperature in New York City had reached an all-time low for 6 January of -13C (8F)   Read More ...
Olympic BMX star Caroline Buchanan posts horror image on social media of injuries suffered in car crash
2018-01-03 01:34:55 But the 27-year-old has spoken positively of her recovery from a broken nose and sternum and collapsed lung in posting a photo of her bloodied face to social media. A post shared by Caroline Buchanan Action Sport (@cbuchanan68) on Jan 2, 2018 at 1:42am PST. “I wouldn’t say 2017 ended quite as planned. It’s been a rough couple of days in ICU after a vehicle roll,” Buchanan said on Instagram   Read More ...
How your social media account could help you get a loan
2017-12-30 02:05:00 When signing up to rent a home in Adelaide, Jacquie Lamont was faced with a modern-day decision that is likely to confront more and more consumers. If she was prepared to let a business trawl through her social media accounts, she could get access to a potentially handy financial product. In her case, instead of handing over the full $1800 rental bond, the IT worker had the option of paying a non-refundable $250, if she granted a business access to her social media account   Read More ...
How your social media account could help you get a loan
2017-12-29 22:10:39 When signing up to rent a home in Adelaide, Jacquie Lamont was faced with a modern-day decision that is likely to confront more and more consumers. If she was prepared to let a business trawl through her social media accounts, she could get access to a potentially handy financial product. In her case, instead of handing over the full $1800 rental bond, the IT worker had the option of paying a non-refundable $250, if she granted a business access to her social media account   Read More ...
When people talk about Melbourne on social media, this is what they talk about
2017-12-29 03:08:26 What could be more Melbourne than whingeing about Metro trains, talking about the weather and predicting the Melbourne Cup winner? Nothing, it seems, if social media is any guide. Media monitoring firm Meltwater tracked what people said about Melbourne on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through September, October and November. Over the three months, Meltwater found 2.58 million social media posts about Melbourne   Read More ...
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launches from California in spectacular glowing cloud
2017-12-23 04:06:32 A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has taken off from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, sparking consternation online as social media users posted photos and videos of the spectacular launch. While many assumed it was aliens, at 5:27pm (local time), the Iridium-4 satellite was launched as part of a series for the Iridium NEXT mobile communications fleet. he space exploration technologies corporation tweeted confirmation that the satellite had been successfully deployed to low-Earth orbit   Read More ...
Canberra embraces social media campaign as Thomas 'TJ' Campagna recovers
2017-12-22 05:08:21 The Canberra community is getting behind the 13-year-old boy injured in Tuesday's horrific Kings Highway crash. Thomas 'TJ' Campagna was travelling with his mother and a family friend when a motorist, allegedly under the influence of ice, drove onto the wrong side of the road. TJ was airlifted to Canberra Hospital and required emergency surgery. He is currently in ICU recovering and has commenced some physiotherapy but has not yet been able to stand up   Read More ...
Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media
2017-12-19 14:17:56 Australian police accidentally broadcast on social media details of an operation to arrest a suspected North Korean agent -- three days before he was taken into custody, media reported. The Sydney-based man, described by authorities as a “loyal agent of North Korea”, was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions   Read More ...
Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media
2017-12-19 11:00:33 SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian police accidentally broadcast on social media details of an operation to arrest a suspected North Korean agent - three days before he was taken into custody, media reported Tuesday (Dec 19). The Sydney-based man, described by the authorities as a "loyal agent of North Korea", was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions   Read More ...
Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media
2017-12-19 10:02:16 SYDNEY: Australian police accidentally broadcast on social media details of an operation to arrest a suspected North Korean agent - three days before he was taken into custody, media reported Wednesday (Dec 19). The Sydney-based man, described by authorities as a "loyal agent of North Korea", was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions   Read More ...
Australia police accidentally broadcast arrest plans on social media
2017-12-19 10:01:28 SYDNEY: Australian police accidentally broadcast on social media details of an operation to arrest a suspected North Korean agent -- three days before he was taken into custody, media reported Wednesday. The Sydney-based man, described by authorities as a “loyal agent of North Korea”, was arrested on Saturday and charged with trying to sell missile parts and technology on the black market to raise money for Pyongyang in breach of international sanctions   Read More ...
Oz police almost broadcast arrest plans
2017-12-19 08:19:15 Australian Federal Police have come embarrassingly close to broadcasting details of the planned arrest of a suspected North Korean agent on social media, days before it happened. The AFP have confirmed an internal investigation has been launched, after a discussion between staff about how to handle media reporting of the arrest was accidentally broadcast on social media platform Periscope. On Saturday, a 59-year-old Sydney man was arrested by AFP officers for allegedly brokering arms deals with the North Korean regime   Read More ...
AFP investigating itself after details of arrest accidentally broadcast
2017-12-19 03:10:11 The Australian Federal Police is investigating itself after details of an operation to arrest an alleged North Korean agent were accidentally broadcast on social media. AFP officers arrested a 59-year-old Sydney man on Sunday and charged him on Monday, alleging the man had tried to arrange the sale of North Korean missile parts. But days before the man's arrest, the AFP's media team broadcast a minute-long discussion on Periscope of how they would manage media surrounding the event   Read More ...
Federal police investigating themselves over North Korea social media blunder
2017-12-19 02:06:23 Federal Police have come embarrassingly close to broadcasting details of the planned arrest of a suspected North Korean agent on social media, days before it happened. The AFP have confirmed an internal investigation has been launched, after a discussion between staff about how to handle media reporting of the arrest was accidentally broadcast on social media platform Periscope. Audio of the discussion was recorded by The West Australian newspaper the Wednesday prior, before the post was deleted   Read More ...
NSW Police charge 39-year-old man with negligent driving after viral social media video
2017-12-18 04:15:46 New South Wales Police have charged a man after a video of him allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road went viral on social media. The 39-year-old was charged with several offences, including driving in a dangerous manner and negligent driving. Police said a member of the public filmed a Nissan Skyline driving dangerously near Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley, about 11:30am on Sunday   Read More ...
Facebook on defensive after critics attack social media
2017-12-16 01:11:11 San Francisco: Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticised the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion. Facebook, in a corporate blog post, said that social media can be good for people's well-being if they use the technology in a way that is active, such as messaging with friends, rather than passive, such as scrolling through a feed of other people's posts   Read More ...
Chinese media mogul Tommy Jiang wants John Alexander in Bennelong
2017-12-15 08:11:11 Beijing's chief Australian propagandist has backed Liberal candidate John Alexander in the Bennelong byelection while savaging the Turnbull government's efforts to counter Beijing's interference in Australia. The rare public comments by Chinese language media mogul Tommy Jiang come as he tries to dramatically expand his Australian media empire with the purchase of dozens of new radio licences. Meanwhile, Mr Jiang faces the prospect of being required to register under the federal government's new foreign influence laws   Read More ...
“Just f-ing bash them”: Nurse stood down over Facebook rant, prompting warnings on social media policies
2017-12-14 12:25:14 A Western Australian nurse has reportedly been stood down from his role at the state’s country health service after posting an aggressive Facebook rant about local indigenous children. reports the Broome employee posted a series of expletive-filled messages in a community Facebook group last week. He complained about children breaking into local homes in the area, writing “just [email protected]$king bash them within an inch of their useless worthless lives, they are nothing more than rats or cockroaches”   Read More ...
Wayne Schwass opens up on most difficult period of his life in powerful social media post
2017-12-14 02:33:55 The former AFL midfielder, who’s now the chief executive of mental health support organisation ‘Puka Up’, has been a leader and crusader in the footy industry around stamping out the stigma associated with anxiety and depression. Schwass experienced depression during his 15-year, 282-game career with North Melbourne and Sydney, but only went public with his story in 2006. Almost daily, Schwass posts motivational messages and/or images via his personal social media feeds in the hope of inspiring his followers that might be struggling to seek help if needed   Read More ...
ATO has its eye on SME owners’ social media accounts: Why you should make sure your tax records are in order
2017-12-13 12:13:39 Businesses are advised to make sure their tax records are in order, with one expert warning the Australian Tax Office is beefing up its data tracking methods. Chartered accountant with Pilot Partners Murray Howlett says the ATO has more than just the tax status of salads on its mind at the moment: SME owners’ social media accounts could also be under scrutiny, Howlett told   Read More ...
Banana-throwing Thai leader threatens to 'probably execute' journalists
2017-12-13 03:08:47 Bangkok: Thai junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has thrown a banana peel at reporters and threatened to "probably execute" those who do not tell the truth. The former army chief ,who holds sweeping dictatorial powers, is on the warpath again accusing journalists of stirring up controversy over an expensive watch and ring that his 72-year-old deputy, Prawit Wongsuwan, was spotted wearing at a public relations event   Read More ...
Kate Winslet: ‘Social media is the single most damaging place for a young woman’
2017-12-13 01:08:57 Kate Winslet has zero time for Instagram. In an interview with UK Vogue, the Oscar-winning actor offered her thoughts on ageing gracefully, and her beauty routine, (spoiler: she's very low maintenance). But the 42-year-old didn't glaze over how young women have been negatively implicated by social media. "Just today a close friend, a younger actress who is well-known, was saying to me that social media is the single most damaging place for a young woman to spend her time," she said to "I am worrying more and more about the potentially negative impact that social media is having on the growing self-esteem of young people today   Read More ...
Social media destroying society with 'dopamine-driven feedback loops': ex-Facebook VP
2017-12-12 21:14:51 Washington: A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his "tremendous guilt" over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded "the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other." Chamath Palihapitiya began working for Facebook in 2007 and left in 2011 as its vice president for user growth. When he started, he said, there was not much thought given to the long-term negative consequences of developing such a platform   Read More ...
Ashes 2017: Mitchell Marsh hits back at social media abuse
2017-12-12 07:10:07 Mitchell Marsh has revealed the impact social media abuse has had on him, saying he no longer cares what the online trolls think. The all-rounder revealed he felt "pretty shit" last summer after reading feedback from irate punters unhappy with his performance, but still could not look away. The boo boys will again be out in force if Marsh, who has taken over from Shane Watson as the whipping boy for cricket fans around the country, breaks back into the Australian XI for the third Test in Perth   Read More ...
Journalists Louise Milligan and Sophie McNeill poached by Four Corners
2017-12-12 02:08:45 journalist Louise Milligan and Jerusalem correspondent Sophie McNeill both weathered intense criticism this year. The pair will face fresh challenges in 2018 when they take up new roles as investigative reporters on Australia's longest-running current affairs program. Milligan recently won a Walkley Award for her explosive book on Cardinal George Pell. Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell went on sale in May, but had to be pulled from bookshelves a month later so as not to prejudice his trial which is currently before the courts   Read More ...
Social media used to 'pressure' insurers costing industry millions, peak body says
2017-12-11 06:06:19 The use of social media to "pressure" insurers into paying out claims is costing companies millions and driving up premiums, according to the peak-body for the insurance industry. The Insurance Council of Australia's Campbell Fuller said dissatisfied customers taking their gripes of rejected claims to Twitter and Facebook can cause a number of problems, including reputational harm for insurers. "It can have an impact on the cost of acquiring a new customer, or moving a customer from one insurer to another," Mr Fuller said   Read More ...
Germany unmasks Chinese intelligence social media 'fronts'
2017-12-11 01:09:01 Berlin: Germany's intelligence service has published the details of social network profiles which it says are fronts faked by Chinese intelligence to gather personal information about German officials and politicians. The BfV domestic intelligence service took the unusual step of naming individual profiles it says are fake and fake organisations to warn public officials about the risk of leaking valuable personal information via social media   Read More ...
Alliance supporting inquiry into the future of journalism falls apart
2017-12-10 23:51:17 The main political backers in support of the investigation into the future of journalism are no longer involved with the Senate committee, leading to a mass reshuffle of members and uncertainty about the future of the inquiry. When the inquiry launched in May, to examine the structure of media organisations, tax arrangements and the increase of fake news, it was heavily backed by an alliance of senators - Scott Ludlam, Nick Xenophon, Sam Dastyari and Jacqui Lambie   Read More ...