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Russia warns British media after RT fine

WT24 Desk The Russian government has warned of consequences for British media after Britain’s communications watchdog imposed a hefty fine on Russian state news network RT, AAP reports. “British media operating in Russia must be prepared to face the consequences of the actions of official London,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. It lambasted the fine ...

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Love Islanders given social media adverts guide

WT24 Desk Love Island contestants are being given a new guide to help them follow rules on social media advertising, BBC reports. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and ITV have come up with the checklist to help contestants be “upfront” with their followers. Adverts have to be “obviously identifiable” – which is why you often see “#ad” on paid-for content. ...

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New top cop may drop media prosecutions

WT24 Desk The incoming federal police boss is open to dropping prosecutions of journalists caught up in raids over leaks of national security information, AAP reports. The ABC’s Sydney headquarters and the Canberra home of Annika Smethurst, national politics editor for News Corp’s Sunday papers, were raided in June over leaked documents. Outgoing Australian Federal Police commissioner Andrew Colvin has ...

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Facebook-like social media app launched in Vietnam

Inspired by Facebook, Gapo lets users create personal profiles and share posts to a feed. Gapo has received $21.55 million funding from tech company G-Group. WT24 Desk A Facebook-style social network was launched in Vietnam on Tuesday, following calls by the Communist-ruled government for domestic tech companies to create alternatives to US tech giants Facebook and Google, Reuters reports. Gapo, ...

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Knight Foundation funding studies on media and democracy

WT24 Desk A foundation that specializes in journalism is pledging nearly $50 million for research in how social media and technology impacts democracy, AP reports. The grants announced Monday by the Knight Foundation partly respond to the manipulation of tech giants like Facebook and Twitter during the 2016 election. Eleven universities and research institutions are recipients. Besides trying to get ...

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10 Social Media Statistics You Need to Know in 2019

WT24 Desk Social media usage continues to grow, as social platforms reach into new regions and become an even bigger part of day-to-day life. However you may feel about social media, and the way it both unifies and divides in varying measure, the fact of the matter is that it’s not going away – in fact, it’s becoming more embedded ...

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WTA named 2019 Distinguished Company in Cynopsis Top Women in Media Awards

WTA recognised by television industry trade publisher in annual awards. WT24 Desk ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) has been named a 2019 Distinguished Company in Cynopsis Media’s Top Women in Media Awards. As the go-to trade publisher for the television industry, Cynopsis Media distributes six trade publications for television, media, digital, and sports TV businesses. ...

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Andy Ngo Has The Newest New Media Career. It’s Made Him A Victim And A Star.

“A single man standing there with a camera who never got hit and never hit back before in his life.” WT24 Desk Late last month, the conservative media personality Andy Ngo sent me a video made by Popular Mobilization, a group of anti-fascists who organize protests in response to right-wing rallies in Portland, Oregon. Set to Kelis’s “Milkshake,” the video implored ...

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FaceApp denies storing users’ photographs without permission

App was launched by Russian developer in 2017 and uses AI to change people’s features WT24 Desk The developer of a popular app which transforms users’ faces to predict how they will look as older people has insisted they are not accessing users’ photographs without permission, The Guardian reports. FaceApp, which was launched by a Russian developer in 2017, uses ...

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Media under fire all over, but giving up not an option

The idea behind the billion-dollar fund is to support media platforms, good journalism and individual journalists. ARIFA NOOR Years ago, I heard Beena Sarwar (journalist and editor) narrate a story involving veteran journalist Aziz Siddiqui, who was part of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan at the time. Angry and frustrated at the turn of events (of which there are ...

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