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MP Craig Kelly ‘absolutely outraged’ after Facebook removes his page for misinformation

MP Craig Kelly ‘absolutely outraged’ after Facebook removes his page for misinformation

Facebook says no one is permitted to share misinformation about Covid on the platform but independent MP has called removal of page ‘censorship’ Mon 26 Apr 2021 02.08 EDTLast modified on Mon 26 Apr 2021 02.09 EDTFacebook has removed federal independent MP Craig Kelly’s Facebook page for repeatedly breaching the social media company’s misinformation policy.The member for Hughes, in part because he wanted to keep posting about unproven treatments for Covid-19, had amassed a large following on the site of more than 86,000 followers at last count, and was .His profile earlier this year due to...

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Apr 26
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Right to repair: what can you do if your mobile phone breaks?

Right to repair: what can you do if your mobile phone breaks?

Check the manufacturer’s fine print and the Australian rules – repairability will depend on type of phone and how it’s brokenSun 21 Mar 2021 12.30 EDTLast modified on Sun 21 Mar 2021 20.05 EDTIf your phone screen smashes or phone won’t charge anymore, what options do you have? Do Australian rules and the phone manufacturers make it easy for you to go get it fixed?The is currently inquiring on the right to repair in Australia, and how easy it is for consumers to get their phone fixed by anyone other than Apple or Samsung, or any of the other device manufacturers.A chief complaint among...

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Mar 21
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Facebook building a version of Instagram for children under 13

Facebook building a version of Instagram for children under 13

Social media giant says it’s exploring introducing a parent-controlled experience that allows kids to ‘safely’ use the photo sharing platformFri 19 Mar 2021 01.56 EDTLast modified on Fri 19 Mar 2021 01.58 EDTFacebook is considering launching a version of its popular photo social media platform, , for children under the age of 13.BuzzFeed News Facebook announced in an internal company post that the company would begin building a version of Instagram for people under the age of 13 years to allow them to “safely” use Instagram for the first time. Currently the company does not allow people who...

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Mar 19
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Fortnite creator Epic Games launches Australian legal action against Google

Fortnite creator Epic Games launches Australian legal action against Google

Epic Games has launched new legal action against Google in Australia over alleged anti-competitive behaviour after was kicked off the Google Play store last year.It is the second such court action Epic has taken in Australia following similar court action against Apple, .Fortnite was kicked off both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in August last year after Epic bypassed the companies’ in-app payment methods in favour of its own cheaper direct billing that prevented Apple and taking a share, typically around 30% of the purchase price.The company has since launched legal action in...

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Mar 11
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Facebook's botched Australia news ban hits health departments, charities and its own pages

Facebook's botched Australia news ban hits health departments, charities and its own pages

Social media company’s ban on sharing news has also affected dozens of government, not-for-profit and community pages01:55Wed 17 Feb 2021 20.49 ESTFirst published on Wed 17 Feb 2021 19.41 ESTThe Bureau of Meteorology, state health departments, the Western Australian opposition leader, charities and itself are among those to have been hit by Facebook’s ban on news in Australia. On Thursday morning from posting, while also stopping Australian users from sharing or viewing content from any news outlets, both Australian and international.The social media giant said it made the decision in...

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Feb 18
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Coronavirus live news: 'long way to go,' says UK PM after 15m offered jab; France hospitals in 'crisis organisation'

Coronavirus live news: 'long way to go,' says UK PM after 15m offered jab; France hospitals in 'crisis organisation'

(now); and (earlier)ShowThe Czech government has approved calling a new state of emergency, the country’s interior minister Jan Hamacek has said.Czech authorities that an extraordinary meeting had been held by the government to resolve the issue after it lost a parliamentary vote on Thursday to extend another state of emergency.The move came after a last-minute deal with the country’s regional governors.The vote on Thursday would have meant the end from tomorrow of shop closures and curfews.Parliamentarians had rejected the pleas of prime minister Andrej Babiš (pictured above) to extend the...

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Feb 14
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Apple Fitness+ review: 'Short of getting a trainer, it's good at getting me to push myself'

Apple Fitness+ review: 'Short of getting a trainer, it's good at getting me to push myself'

Paying $14.99 a month for workout videos when you can find them free on YouTube might seem pricey, but Josh Taylor finds some advantages Wed 3 Feb 2021 11.30 ESTLast modified on Wed 3 Feb 2021 19.03 ESTWith the launch of Apple Fitness+, a streaming workout video service that costs A$14.99 a month, Apple is definitely targeting those iPhone users who have been stuck at home during the ongoing lockdowns across the globe.To close my rings – which sounds more like a term for abstinence – during lockdown, I made sure I did all the set amount of exercise and movement per day on my Watch. It...

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Feb 3
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Google threatens to shut down search in Australia if digital news code goes ahead

Google threatens to shut down search in Australia if digital news code goes ahead

Google and Facebook are fighting legislation that would force them to enter into negotiations with news media companies for payment for content01:07Thu 21 Jan 2021 22.56 ESTFirst published on Thu 21 Jan 2021 19.26 ESTGoogle has threatened to remove its search engine from Australia and has threatened to remove news from its feed for all Australian users if a code forcing the companies to negotiate payments to news media companies goes ahead.The move would mean the 19 million Australians who use every month would no longer be able to use Search, and 17 million Australians who log into...

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Jan 22
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Google refuses to answer questions about removing Australian news sites from search results

Google refuses to answer questions about removing Australian news sites from search results

Google’s ‘experiments’ prompt treasurer to call on tech giants to pay for news instead of blocking themThu 14 Jan 2021 19.48 ESTLast modified on Thu 14 Jan 2021 19.50 ESTGoogle has refused to answer questions on its secret trial of removing news sites from search results in Australia, with the treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, saying the company should focus on paying for news, not blocking it.Google blindsided news consumers and media outlets this week with outlets such as the ABC, Nine, the Guardian and others from its search results.Users were not informed of the change, or advised how to find...

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Jan 15
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Acer says global chip shortage to slow laptop production until at least next year

Acer says global chip shortage to slow laptop production until at least next year

Device prices may rise, as Acer’s chief operating officer says that on any given day the firm can only fill half of worldwide demandMon 31 May 2021 13.30 EDTLast modified on Mon 31 May 2021 13.32 EDTOne of the biggest laptop makers in the world, , has said the worldwide global chip shortage will continue to have a “severe” impact on its production capabilities until at least the first or second quarter of next year.The shortage of semi-conductors across the globe has resulted in supply issues for everything from computers, phones and gaming consoles to new cars.Last week Acer announced a...

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May 31
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