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I know, I know … I’m using Instagram all wrong and I don’t care

Instagram has become a place where thirsty hipsters are regularly celebrated, and those who don’t follow the norms sink into a shameful oblivion. But I, for one, think these silly unspoken rules for dominating social media are a big pile of garbage — and so I never follow them.  SEE ALSO: 10 ways to create[…]

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How Indigenous voices are using social media to #ChangeTheDate

If you’ve been on Australian social media lately, you may have seen a message: #ChangeTheDate. Jan. 26, 1788 was the first official day of European colonialism in Australia. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it marks the beginning of a cycle of dispossession and violence. “Australia Day” has been celebrated across the country on[…]

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AT&T Is Using Facebook Live to Let Kids Interact With Santa Claus Before Christmas

According to Possible's back-of-the-napkin math, around 6.6 million American children in the next year will decide that Santa Claus isn't real. The ad agency, working for client AT&T, wants to help keep the dream alive for kids this weekend with a little tech. The endeavor, called Santa Live, starts today at noon ET on AT&T's Facebook[…]

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3 simple ways to avoid making big mistakes as a teen using social media

Social media may connect and empower a teenager, but it can also become a permanent record of a young person’s disgraceful behavior.  SEE ALSO: 4 smart ways to use the internet to educate yourself about sex Karlie Hay, the newly crowned Miss Teen USA, learned this lesson the hard way. Soon after Hay claimed her[…]

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United Airlines Is Using Virtual Reality to Show Off Its Swanky New Business Class

Ever since United and Continental merged in 2010 to create the world's largest airline, Daniel Cuellar's department has been hard at work creating a swanky new business class called Polaris. It's a rarified preserve in the front of United's Boeing 777s complete with 16-inch high-definition screens at every seat, lobster on the menu and flat beds fitted[…]

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Indian sexual assault survivors break taboos by using Snapchat filters to tell their stories

Snapchat filters are popular for their funny and absurdist nature. Yet, a mobile journalism project in India has demonstrated how the app can be a powerful and unconventional storytelling tool as well.   SEE ALSO: What your favorite Snapchat filter says about you Hindustan Times mobile editor, Yusuf Omar, chose Snapchat to interview two teenage[…]

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China discourages sites from using social media to report the news

China’s famously strict Internet rules regarding news websites took another odd turn this week: News sites cannot publish stories sourced from social media without official approval The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), the country’s official agency tasked with governing Internet affairs, put the new rules in place SEE ALSO: Turkey’s internet censorship after the Istanbul[…]