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Social media is great for connecting people, sharing news and information, and giving your grandmother the opportunity to air her political opinions unfettered. Unfortunately, its anonymity and widespread reach makes it an easy way for people to spread hate, and since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, social media users have noticed a worrisome increase in online hate speech.

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This week a bunch of invitations started popping up again for a “Secret Sister” holiday gift exchange. You’ve probably seen the same, or something similar, pop up in yours as well. In case you haven’t realised: It’s a scam.

The Better Business Bureau issued a warning against the exchange.

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College students in a recent study demanded an average of $US2,076 ($2,957) to quit Facebook for a year. As Ars Technica explains, this wasn’t just a survey — researchers actually held little auctions to pay the lowest bidder to quit for a day, three days, a week, and a year. That’s not counting the students who refused to put any price on their Facebook use. So, how much would you have bid?

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None of us like to think about our death or the death of a loved one, but it's important to prepare for it. You don't want to be stuck trying to get into a loved one's Gmail or Facebook account to shut things down. This graphic shows you what you're in for, and what you and your loved ones should have ready.

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Over the course of this year, I've written about a thousand stories. Across that, there have been some important topics such as the ongoing troubles of Facebook that started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal in April and continued this week with revelations that personal messages were leaked to some of Facebook's partners.

We had the Spectre and Meltdown CPU issues early in the year and, just in the last couple of weeks, the introduction of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018. After all that's happened, there's one significant theme that links all those together; trust.

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When you're on holidays with your friends or family, the last thing you want to do is lug around a DSLR. But that doesn't mean you should be uploading pics directly from your smartphone either. This infographic provides a range of editing tips for travellers who really want to make their photos 'pop'.

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The ACCC has released a preliminary report into the market power being exerted by major digital platforms such as Google and Facebook. And while the commission's inquiry continues, it's clear it is looking at ways to curb the influence digital platforms have given they are privately run and have operated outside the traditional regulatory regimes.

Its focus has been on search engines, social media platforms and digital content aggregators with the spotlight brightly directed at Facebook and Google given their powerful influence.

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Facebook has a new set of Community Guidelines, and they're bad news for anyone who would like to even vaguely mention sex or anything related to it. The new guidelines profess to be targeting 'sexual solicitation', but the implications are far wider reaching than that.

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Facebook is looking for more ways to monetise its platform with a new feature that allows merchants to sell items directly from live streams. This likely ties in with the company's increased push on video, with the arrival of Facebook Watch - a way to to share videos and to encourage people to watch each other's favourite videos as well as new clips. Now, the pieces are coming together as Facebook Watch is set to be infiltrated by infomercials.