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Why do people make up nonsense news stories?

Posted on June 30, 2017

In this time where terms like ‘fake news’ and ‘alternative facts’ are being bandied about so regularly, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for people to know what they should believe.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump used the term ‘fake news’ on three successive tweets, including one directed at the well-established New York Times. Democrat-favouring broadcaster CNN seems to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Facebook hits two billion user mark

Posted on June 28, 2017

Social networking phenomenon Facebook recently announced that it has now reached the two billion active user milestone, cementing its position as the world’s biggest social media platform.

The announcement was made (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Three things you can’t Google

Posted on June 28, 2017

As soon as you want to know about anything, your first port of call is likely to be Google. Whether it’s Uzbekistan, the triceratops or potassium permanganate, most of us turn to the search engine to fill us in.

However, there are still one or two searches that leave Google drawing up a complete blank. Here are three types of (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Instagram tests ‘favourites’ feature

Posted on June 27, 2017

Photo-sharing platform Instagram is currently trialling a new feature that could change the way users share content to the site.

The feature is (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

Snapchat introduces new map feature

Posted on June 26, 2017

At the back end of last week, photo-messaging platform Snapchat unveiled its latest new feature in a bid to retain and build its user base.

The Snap Map was introduced as part of (more…)

Posted by Alan Littler

How to make Google searches child-friendly

Posted on June 23, 2017

Anyone who uses the internet has probably, at some point, stumbled upon something they didn’t really want to see. This might have been because they were hanging around in dubious areas of the internet, or it might have happened quite innocently.

There are people who deliberately tag inappropriate images in an inaccurate way, hoping unsuspecting internet users will be (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Google finds new way to distract you with fidget spinner

Posted on June 22, 2017

One of the cleverest offerings Google has brought to internet search is the ability to display results through its own tools that appear separately to its main rankings.

An obvious example of this is that any search for a mathematical sum, such as ‘2+2’, will lead Google to display the answer in its Calculator tool, but there’s much more the search engine can do as it increasingly tries to (more…)

Posted by John Murray

Social media used for “public opinion manipulation”, study finds

Posted on June 21, 2017

A nine-country investigation conducted by the University of Oxford has concluded that social media is being used as an effective tool to spread misinformation and propaganda throughout the world.

The Computational Propaganda Research Project did not (more…)

Posted by John Murray
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