Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people’s main source of news, according to a report.

Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. Continue reading “Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people”

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A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda

China has been trying and failing for years to get its people, especially its young people, to care about its political system. Could it now be close to working out how to do just this  – by embracing new platforms for its propaganda?

Every March, the National People Congress (NPC), China’s biggest annual political event, goes virtually unnoticed by the vast majority of the Chinese people. Continue reading “A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda”

Facebook targets 30 000 fake France accounts before presidential election

Facebook says it has targeted 30 000 fake accounts linked to France ahead of the country’s presidential election, as part of a worldwide effort against misinformation.

The company said on Thursday it’s trying to “reduce the spread of material generated through inauthentic activity, including spam, misinformation, or other deceptive content that is often shared by creators of fake accounts”. Continue reading “Facebook targets 30 000 fake France accounts before presidential election”