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Three utterly ridiculous examples of online ‘vandalism’

Posted on November 30, 2016

With the internet being largely unregulated and anybody able to add to it, it means that a lot of what appears on it should not necessarily be taken as the truth.

We see this regularly on social media sites like Facebook, where a lot of the memes and ‘news’ items that crop up should leave us (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Footballing world to take on social media

Posted on November 29, 2016

Several of the world’s biggest and most supported football clubs have teamed up to launch a new football-based social media platform that aims to emulate the success of Facebook.

The platform is known as (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

A Brit’s guide to ‘Cyber Monday’

Posted on November 28, 2016

If you haven’t been reminded already, today is ‘Cyber Monday’ – a day online retailers use to promote their best deals and attract the swathes of people who are happy to shop through their computers, tablets and phones rather than head out to the busy shops in the run-up to Christmas. But why is it on this particular day, how long has it (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Has the internet killed satire?

Posted on November 25, 2016

I love a good bit of satire. Whether it’s old episodes of Spitting Image, Aristophanes’ ‘The Frogs’ or a bit of the Daily Mash – nothing beats good satire.

The problem is, does satire remain as satire when too many people believe it? For instance, the spoof news website BFN was originally set up with the intention of fooling right wing parties such as Britain First and UKIP into mistakenly using its stories as though they were true. Whenever a story they had made up was cited as the source for an outrageous statistic by some befuddled blowhard, they would celebrate the success on their Facebook Page. Everyone who followed them on Facebook would laugh, content that the right-wing imbecile who had fallen for the story had done exactly what (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

Google to tell you whether places are busy or not

Posted on November 24, 2016

Search giant Google has recently introduced a new feature that will inform users whether or not the shop, bar or other amenity they are searching for is busy in (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Students create algorithm to combat Facebook fake news story problem

Posted on November 22, 2016

Social networking phenomenon Facebook has recently been the subject of a lot of criticism as it has, perhaps unknowingly, been promoting a large number of fake or misleading stories.

Although Facebook has yet to come up (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Fake Facebook warning – scam from ‘Team Advert’

Posted on November 21, 2016

Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of scams on Facebook, such as the ‘win a car’ scams and the ‘win a PS4’ scams. They’re usually pretty easy to spot and they target casual Facebook users – people who wouldn’t necessarily know a genuine page from a fake one. However, a new type of scam emerged recently that was a lot more difficult to spot, and it targeted business owners who (more…)

Posted by Darren Jamieson

How did Google’s predictions go this weekend?

Posted on November 21, 2016

It’s time once again to look at the Google Trends data we went over last week and see whether the search engine has continued the pattern we have observed of search volumes hinting at future real world outcomes.

We put sports to one side last week and looked at the two big Saturday night reality TV shows, and explored which (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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