Tag: Social Media

Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s policy to let politicians lie

Facebook has long been accused of being instrumental to the spread of misinformation around the globe and being weaponized to shape the outcome of elections. In a speech to Georgetown University on Thursday (Oct 17), Mark Zuckerberg addressed the issue by arguing for the right...

PM Lee applauded on Chinese social media for comments on HK protests

Singapore—Prime Minister commented on the protests in Hong Kong twice this week, which earned him praise from commenters on social media. At the NTUC National Delegates' Conference on October 15, Wednesday, PM Lee talked about the “deep and widespread unhappiness in Hong Kong society” where...

Facebook suffers legal blow in EU court over hate speech

Facebook on Wednesday was dealt a major blow in the EU's top court, which ruled that national courts in Europe can order online platforms to remove defamatory content worldwide. The decision will be seen as a victory for EU regulators, who are ambitious to see...

“Follower fraud” widespread among Singapore’s influencers

Singapore — One should think twice about buying into influencers with thousands of followers since almost half of Singapore's influencers use unsavoury methods to boost their follower and engagement numbers. According to a recent study by social media analytics tool HypeAuditor, 47 percent of Singapore...

Fake news harms businesses and society as well: Industry leaders

Singapore — Industry leaders discussed the growing responsibility of both the media and businesses in combating fake news during a panel discussion at the 2019 Milken Institute Asia Summit held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Warren Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times; Ellana Lee, senior...

Facebook considers “hiding likes” in an attempt to improve users’ mental health

SINGAPORE — Social media giant Facebook is considering hiding the public display of “likes” on its News Feed posts, as confirmed by a Facebook spokesperson to international news agency AFP on Tuesday (Sept. 3). Earlier this year, the company conducted similar tests on popular social media platform Instagram,...

Restaurant fires employee after netizen posts receipt with racist comment on Facebook

Singapore—You cannot underestimate the power of social media these days, which is good news for some, but bad news for others. Case in point: one customer posted a racist comment written on the receipt of a restaurant at Tampines, Fatty Bom Bom, on her...

BTS and Kim Kardashian among celebrities with most fake Instagram followers

Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Ellen DeGeneres, Ariana Grande, BTS, Drake and many others are the ones the largest number of fake Instagram followers, says a survey. The survey, conducted by ICMP (Internet Control Message Protocol), listed them according to a ranking system after examining DeGeneres, BTS, Kim...

The evolution of communication — how emojis have taken over the good old phone call

SINGAPORE — There was a time when a good old phone call would suffice when you wanted to ask or tell someone something. It was simple and it was straightforward. But as the tides of time move and change, so does the way we...

With Instagram hiding likes, how will “influencers” measure their influence?

In an update last Wednesday (Jul 17), Instagram announced that users in select countries will no longer be able to see the number of likes on posts or the number of views on videos made by other users. According to the company's official Twitter account,...