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Viral: Australian church sign sparks discussion on social media - | WBTV Charlotte
Turnbull government relents on secrecy laws for journalists, but only to a point
Tom Brady wore an interesting fit to Super Bowl LII, and social media erupted
'Go, Mickey, go': What Michael Gordon taught Nick McKenzie about journalism... and life
Kim Kardashian West confuses fans with weird social media posts
Olympic BMX star Caroline Buchanan posts horror image on social media of injuries suffered in car crash
UFO hunters in a frenzy over bizarre alien spaceship that looks like a BOOB on Google Maps
Parents fear social media and technology more than drugs, alcohol or smoking
2018-03-10 16:15:45 Australian parents are more worried about their children using social media and technology than drugs, alcohol or smoking, according to new research. Key points: ReachOut surveyed 890 parents with children between the ages of 12 and 18 45 per cent of parents worried about social media, 42 per cent about technology 25 per cent worried about their children using drugs, alcohol, smoking The youth mental health support service ReachOut surveyed parents of 12 to 18-year-olds about their concerns and found that 45 per cent were worried about their children's use of social media   Read More ...
Teens arrested for allegedly organising robberies over social media
2018-03-07 02:09:49 Two teenagers have been arrested over accusations they used social media to organise robberies in Melbourne's south-east. Police executed warrants at homes in Cranbourne, Dandenong and Pakenham on Tuesday night before arresting a 17-year-old Cranbourne teen and 19-year-old Pakenham man. A number of allegedly stolen phones were seized, along with a vehicle. The arrests follow a police investigation into a number of robberies over the past few weeks that police believe were arranged using social media   Read More ...
Is social media bringing us together or tearing us apart?
2018-03-05 12:24:07 Labor's Ed Husic says social media platforms such as Twitter are acting as an "accelerant to partisanship" and while it's useful "if you want to throw a rock at someone," he questions "is it really something that helps advance the debate?"   Read More ...
Murdered Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak buried as thousands march in his honour
2018-03-04 00:38:02 Slovaks have paid a final farewell to Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist who was shot dead with his fiancee, with the archbishop declaring that everyone in the nation now wanted to know about Italian mafia influence thanks to Kuciak's reporting. Key points: Kuciak was reporting about the influence of the Italian mafia in Slovakia On Saturday police released seven Italians who were detained as suspects Tens of thousands of protesters marched on Friday to honour Kuciak A funeral Mass for Kuciak was held at the church of Saint Francis of Assisi in the town of Stiavnik in western Slovakia, with his parents, friends and fellow journalists packing the aisles   Read More ...
Australian media firms join fight against Rebel Wilson's damages award
2018-02-27 10:02:47 SYDNEY Australian media companies yesterday sought to join German magazine publisher Bauer Media in fighting a record A$4.56 million (S$4.71 million) defamation payout to Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, arguing it sets a dangerous precedent. News Corp Australia, Fairfax Media, Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation filed a joint motion to "intervene" in the case, their lawyer said, in a rare show of unity in an industry divided along political lines   Read More ...
Australia media firms join fight against Rebel Wilson's record $3.6 million defamation payout
2018-02-26 08:08:24 SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian media companies on Monday sought to join German magazine publisher Bauer Media in fighting a record A$4.56 million ($3.6 million) defamation payout to Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, arguing it set a dangerous precedent. The Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Fairfax Media Ltd, Seven West Media Ltd and Nine Entertainment Co Holdings Ltd and the Australian Broadcasting Corp   Read More ...
Cyberbullying victims call for perpetrators, social media companies to be held accountable
2018-02-22 12:26:58 Thousands of Australians are being targeted by faceless and anonymous online trolls every day. Key points: Online bullying victims say laws need to change so social media companies can be held liable Anti-cyberbullying campaigner Ginger Gorman says current laws are "not specific enough" to target trolling Victim Pascal Grosvernor says trolls have threatened to silence him And they are just not children   Read More ...
Sarah Wilson to close I Quit Sugar business after seven years
2018-02-22 04:34:09 The former Cosmopolitan editor and Fairfax journalist wrote a lengthy post on her blog explaining her decision to leave — not sell — the company. Ms Wilson said she made the tough decision around 12 months ago after realising she was “an educator, a communicator. Not a money-spinner”. In 2014, the business had an annual turnover of $1.8 million. The brand evolved out of a column about quitting sugar penned in 2011   Read More ...
Prosecutors comb accused spy James Ricketson's emails to journalists
2018-02-19 16:14:14 Phnom Penh: Accused Australian spy James Ricketson has been questioned for two hours in court about seemingly innocuous private emails to friends and journalists. One of the emails that Ricketson sent to this reporter in November 2015 discussed the timetable for the scheduled return to Phnom Penh of exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy. “Will forward you my latest info,” Ricketson told me   Read More ...
Viral: Australian church sign sparks discussion on social media - | WBTV Charlotte
2018-02-19 13:02:55 (KXXV) - A church sign from an Australia has sparked discussion about the recent high school shooting. The church posted on their Facebook page an image of the sign, which read "When will they love their kids more than their guns." The church captioned the image with a message of condolences to the victims and family of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland   Read More ...
Vice Media's scandals, SBS blushes, and the millennial exodus from TV
2018-02-18 15:09:22 When multicultural public broadcaster SBS struck a landmark deal with US 'new media' player Vice in mid-2016, it raised more than a few eyebrows across the Australian media industry. Now, more than 18 months into the agreement, Vice is reeling from a string of unseemly scandals in the US, and the partnership looks increasingly awkward. In the recent digital media boom (which some are declaring a bust), few outlets have flown as close to the sun as Vice   Read More ...
High-energy basketball court cleaner becomes a social media star in China
2018-02-17 22:10:20 A court cleaner for China's national basketball league who shot to fame for his high-intensity approach to the job says even the NBA's Beijing office has shown interest in him.   Read More ...
Tiger snake's high-wire balancing act a social media sensation
2018-02-14 04:07:35 Tiger snake's high-wire act at Tasmanian farm a social media sensation A tiger snake's turn as a tightrope walker on a wire fence at a Tasmanian vineyard has caused a stir on Facebook, with a reptile expert confirming the deadly creatures "are good climbers". The deadly snake's high-wire manoeuvres were caught on camera at the Bangor Vineyard Shed near Dunalley and posted on their Facebook page on Tuesday   Read More ...
Social media influencers are shaping the popularity of “clean eating” brands and the trend is set to continue
2018-02-12 00:13:02 The rise of influencers and the popularity of promoting healthy eating through social media is changing how brands successfully interact with consumers, experts say. Senior lecturer in marketing at the University of Queensland Business School, Dr. Jo Previte, says the rise of “clean eating” has in part occurred because of consumers sharing more and more of themselves online, alongside greater awareness around diets and fitness   Read More ...
Turnbull government relents on secrecy laws for journalists, but only to a point
2018-02-08 10:18:18 The Turnbull government will significantly amend its proposed national security laws to better protect journalists, but has rejected a blanket media exemption from beefed-up secrecy rules. The crackdown on foreign espionage involves an expanded secrecy regime that was to threaten reporters, editors and others with 15 to 20 years in prison for dealing with protected information. In the face of sustained protest from media companies and lawyers, Attorney-General Christian Porter will revise the law to restrict the secrecy offences for which journalists can be prosecuted   Read More ...
DAILY DILEMMA: Marriage Stress From Social Media? | Studio 10
2018-02-06 05:07:28 We have our Daily Dilemma with Mel Wilson from kidspot.com.au. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Tom Brady wore an interesting fit to Super Bowl LII, and social media erupted
2018-02-05 03:33:59 TOM Brady caused a stir before he even stepped on the field, breaking the internet after people took notice to what he was wearing as he walked into the arena.   Read More ...
'Go, Mickey, go': What Michael Gordon taught Nick McKenzie about journalism... and life
2018-02-04 12:16:04 Nick McKenzie remembers his colleague, journalist Michael Gordon, who died unexpectedly on Saturday. We bellowed war cries of encouragement as the swell rolled into Woolamai, hitting the sandbank and rearing up into a powerful left. "Go, Nicky, go!" Michael Gordon would yell, urging me to turn fear into energy and paddle like mad. Then it was Mickey's turn. "Go, Mickey, go!" I would hoot as his thick, yellow board skimmed by and, with his face zinc smeared and shaded by his sun cap (he was surely the daggiest bloke in the water), Michael would rise up and begin gliding – no, he was flying – over the water, his face a study in calm concentration   Read More ...
Spice Girls confirm reunion for 'new opportunities' after teasing social media posts
2018-02-03 04:08:16 The Spice Girls have confirmed they are reuniting, but what they'll be doing together remains a mystery. The 90s chart toppers, who burst onto the pop scene in 1996 with their debut single Wannabe, confirmed in a statement they intended to reunite "to explore some incredible new opportunities together". "We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for the Spice Girls," the statement, issued by band member Victoria Beckham's publicist Jo Milloy read   Read More ...
Iranian women publicly take off their headscarf as social media protest spreads
2018-01-31 07:06:50 The videos and photos showed individual women in separate locations in Tehran and Isfahan as the movement has grown over the past days. Masoud Sarabi, who witnessed one of the protests on Monday, confirmed the authenticity of a video shot on Tehran’s Enghelab Street while a number of others have been posted to social media. The women appear to be following the lead of a 31-year-old protester identified as Vida Movahed, who took off her headscarf on the same street in late December   Read More ...
Facebook steps in to ban cryptocurrency ads on its social media platforms
2018-01-31 01:05:59 The social media giant — which is desperately trying to clean up the advertising on its platforms — has announced it will ban all cryptocurrency ads. The ban will include those promoting ICOs (initial coin offerings) which are like initial public offerings but for a new type of crypto coin. The new addition to the company’s advertising policy reads as a biting indictment of the crazed cryptocurrency market which has been fuelled by intense speculation in recent months, and the large number of scams it has attracted   Read More ...
Airport queue jumper is shamed on social media and forced to apologise
2018-01-30 23:36:42 Ever wondered why airports and train stations have signs that tell you not to take your suitcase on the escalator? This is why... QUEUING etiquette reached new levels of awkwardness when a disgruntled flyer shamed a queue jumper online and forced them to publicly apologise — all without uttering a word in person. The peeved traveller saw that a man had shuffled forward to overtake him in a passport queue on Monday and wasted no time in venting his frustration, reported   Read More ...
Superbowl star Tom Brady slams radio station after host mocked his five-year-old daughter Vivian
2018-01-29 21:35:28 AN American radio station is under fire after a host called Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s daughter “an annoying little piss ant” on-air.   Read More ...
WA Premier Mark McGowan advocates social media ban for children
2018-01-29 08:13:02 West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is a regular on social media, using Facebook posts with his three children to cultivate a "family man" image. But his children probably will not be seeing much of what their dad — or his political advisors — post to his accounts on those platforms. "With my three children, we don't allow them access to social media," Mr McGowan said   Read More ...
Three things to consider in the wake of Facebook's news feed change
2018-01-25 12:09:05 Facebook’s recent news feed change has sent a chill down the spine of publishers, brands and businesses that have made social media platforms a big part of their marketing strategy. The changes, which were announced by Mark Zuckerberg last week, could make it harder for people to see your business page content in their news feed. The main thrust of the changes is to prioritise posts from family and friends over public posts from businesses and other organisations   Read More ...
“If you attempt to enter our premises, you will be ejected”: Business bans all bloggers after feud with social media influencer
2018-01-24 00:16:24 A Dublin business known for courting controversy is not backing down after banning all bloggers in the fallout of a public feud with a social media influencer who asked for free accommodation over the Valentine’s Day weekend. The owner of the White Moose café, which operates the Charlieville lodge, announced in a Facebook post last week that bloggers were now banned, reflecting on the “sense of entitlement” from the blogging community around what expect for free from businesses   Read More ...
Journalists 'at risk of jail time' under new foreign interference laws
2018-01-23 10:17:37 Australia's largest media organisations have warned the Federal Government its foreign interference laws could undermine freedom of the press and see journalists thrown in jail. Key points: Media organisations and unions say they cannot support bill unless exemptions made for journalists Claim existing security laws already undermine media's role in informing Australians Brandis described announcement as most significant overhaul of espionage laws in decades New laws announced by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in December would expand the definition of espionage to include possessing classified information, rather than the current definition which only outlaws communicating it   Read More ...
Anne Aly, a target of 'false news', warns about the growing threat of social media echo chambers
2018-01-23 06:13:55 Labor MP Anne Aly has warned that social media echo chambers pose a growing threat to democracy after Facebook highlighted a false rumour spread about her last year as a notable example of misinformation corrupting politics. In a blog post published on Monday, Facebook's product manager for civic engagement, Samidh Chakrabarti, pointed to the circulation in April of the "false news" that Dr Aly – the first Muslim woman to sit in the Australian Parliament – had refused to lay a wreath at an Anzac Day ceremony   Read More ...
Facebook admits social media sometimes harms democracy
2018-01-23 02:02:32 Washington: Facebook said that it fell short in preventing the social media network from being used for foreign meddling in the US presidential election. New blog posts written by Facebook executives appear to be the most critical self-assessment yet of the social media network's effect on American democracy. Samidh Chakrabarti, the company's product manager for civic engagement, said the 2016 presidential election has forced Facebook to confront harsh questions about the role it has played in spreading false information and intensifying divisiveness in the current political climate   Read More ...
Apple's Tim Cook says he wouldn't let a child use social media
2018-01-22 02:10:06 Anyone remember Ping - Apple's "music-oriented social network," the hot new thing back in 2010? No, we're not surprised if you don't. It flopped - hard - and shut down after just a couple years. Apple seems to have ceded the social media landscape to Facebook since then. Maybe that's just as well for Apple, since Facebook has been getting raked over the coals lately - accused of allowing the spread of fake news, of experimenting on its users, getting billions of people addicted to screens, and even of trying to market emotionally vulnerable teens to advertisers   Read More ...
Instagram discovers Esperance: Social media delivers a tourism boom to remote WA town
2018-01-20 02:09:01 For years Esperance on Western Australia's south coast has laid claim to being the home of the world's best beaches. Now finally, thanks to the quest for that perfect social media photograph, the world has uncovered Australia's best kept secret. "It's just like nothing I've seen before," photographer and tourism operator Jaimen Hudson said of the crowds flocking to the remote town 10 hours drive from Perth   Read More ...
Ethical design is the answer to some of social media’s problems
2018-01-18 12:11:40 Facebook last week announced a redesign of its news feed to prioritise posts from friends and family over those of news publishers. While struggling news organisations are likely to take a hit on their social traffic, the move suggests that Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has been paying attention to criticisms around issues such as fake news and adverse mental health outcomes   Read More ...
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 ...