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S Korea to launch world’s first nationwide 5G networks

WT24 Desk South Korea on Friday launches the world’s first nationwide 5G mobile networks — a transformational leap that has superpowers sparring for control of an innovation that could potentially change the day-to-day lives of billions of people, AFP reports.The superfast communications heralded by fifth-generation wireless technology will ultimately underpin everything from toasters to telephones, from electric cars to power ...

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Guardian to flag old news on social media

WT24 Desk Old news stories from the UK’s Guardian newspaper will be marked with their year of publication when shared on social media, to limit misinformation, BBC reports. It said partisan groups had been sharing old news stories as though they had been recently published in order to push an agenda. Apps such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp do not ...

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Social media highlights the weird stuff travellers try to take through USA security

WT24 Desk David Johnston stands over a table full of peculiar items confiscated at Dulles International Airport: a glittery clutch with brass knuckles as a clasp. A perfume bottle shaped like a grenade. A rusted circular saw blade. A pocket-sized pitchfork, AP reports. None of those is quite right. Then Johnston sees it: a guitar shaped like a semi-automatic rifle. ...

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Turkish media divided on elections: A ‘yellow card’ for Erdogan or a victory?

Opposition newspapers say voters have sent a warning to Turkish president, but pro-government media still claims victory WT24 Desk Turkey’s media appears to be as divided as the wider country by the outcome of Sunday’s local elections, with pro-government newspapers claiming victory for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan even as opposition commentators said that the electorate had handed him a “yellow ...

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Nipsey Hussle tributes fill social media following the rapper’s death

Rihanna, 2 Chainz, LeBron James among those paying homage WT24 Desk Following the news of the shooting death of California rapper Nipsey Hussle, celebrities including Rihanna, 2 Chainz, Big Boi and LeBron James took to social media to share their shock, prayers and condolences, AJC reports. Born Ermias Davidson Asghedom, the rapper was 33 and experiencing the success of his ...

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Australia plans tough social media law after Christchurch attacks

Canberra wants legislation to prevent people from livestreaming violent crime and ‘weaponising social media platforms’. WT24 Desk The Australian government has announced plans to introduce tough new anti-terror legislation to prevent people from “weaponising social media platforms” and “livestreaming violent crimes”, as it happened during a recent attack on Christchurch mosques in New Zealand, AL Jazeera reports. The attacker, a 28-year-old ...

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‘New media order’ challenges Taiwan

WT24 Desk A new report titled “China’s Pursuit of a New World Media Order” by Paris-based non-profit Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), or Reporters Without Borders, reveals growing concern over China’s attempts to manipulate the press worldwide and stifle any criticism, Asia Times reports. According to the report, Beijing has now combined its state TV (CCTV-CGTN) and the national and international ...

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Why we need to talk about the media’s role in far-right radicalisation

Too often the political and media establishment contribute to an environment in which hatred can thrive Owen Jones When it comes to the threat of Islamist terrorism, no one doubts the role of radicalisation. The internet, hate preachers such as Anjem Choudary and Abu Hamza, and the western-armed, extremism-exporting state of Saudi Arabia: all play their part in radicalising the impressionable. When it ...

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How did the media get the Trump-Russia story so wrong?

For some in Washington, Mueller was a cross between Superman and Santa Claus WT24 Desk REVERSE FERRET! When he edited the Sun, Kelvin MacKenzie used to throw open his office door and bellow this at the newsroom when the paper had got a story wrong. It came from the northern endurance sport of ferret-legging: a pair of razor-toothed ferrets are put ...

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