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Latest news: Social media

NSW to look at social media ban for under-16s

NSW will investigate what power it has to impose an age limit on social media users as it unveils a summit to tackle online harm for kids.

Social media under scrutiny as Australia prepares probe

Social media algorithms, content and opacity will all come under the microscope as the government examines their impact on Australian users.

TikTok privacy breach allegations under spotlight

Concerns social media giant TikTok breached Australian privacy laws through its data harvesting practices are being looked at by the information commissioner.

Social media, low self-compassion behind rise in cosmetic surgery

A recent study by the University of South Australia (UniSA) found that young women who regularly engage with social media were excessively self-judgemental and more likely to consider cosmetic surgery.

ACCC puts social media influencers on notice

Social media influencers who mislead their follower are facing a crackdown from the consumer watchdog as part of a push for more transparency. 

Aussies less likely to use social media as information source in a natural disaster

New Charles Darwin University (CDU) research suggests that people are less likely to use social media as an information source during a natural disaster

Perks and perils of sharing your kids online: Lauren Dubois

Thud, Pop, and Squeak are Canberran ex-political journalist Lauren Dubois’ adorable children. For those who don't follow her on Instagram, that’s not their real names – and there’s a very good reason Lauren won’t share them online.

Elon Musk is taking Twitter private

Elon Musk has reached an agreement to buy Twitter for $61 billion, promising a more lenient touch to policing content on the social media platform.

New online safety laws come into effect

Australians who are being subject to online abuse will be able to report incidents to the eSafety commissioner under sweeping new powers now in force.

Trump to launch social media app ‘Truth Social’ in Feb

Truth Social, a new social media app created by the Trump Media & Technology Group to rival Twitter, is set to go live next month.

Digital media workshops bringing parents and teens together

Division and conflict between parents and teenagers can often be caused by clashing perspectives on the role digital media plays in our lives. Working towards bridging the intergenerational divide, Dr Catherine Page Jeffery,...

Facebook rebrands company name to Meta

An embattled Facebook Inc. is changing its name to Meta Platforms Inc., or Meta for short.

Scott Morrison urges strong global social media action

Australia will urge world leaders to muscle up to social media giants in a global effort to stop the destruction of lives online.

Social media crackdown to protect children

Children aged under 16 would need their parents' consent to use social media platforms under a proposed online crackdown.

Donald Trump to launch new social media platform

Donald Trump will launch his own social media app that he says will "stand up to Big Tech" companies such as Twitter and Facebook.

‘Faulty configuration’ shut down Facebook

Facebook Inc has blamed a "faulty configuration change" for a nearly six-hour outage.