Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media

Social media platforms (primarily Facebook and Twitter) have faced mounting pressure to better their efforts in combating misinformation, particularly after the US 2020 presidential elections. At the end of January this year, Twitter introduced its Birdwatch program to users in the US. The community-backed program is meant to tackle misinformation on the platform by lettingContinue reading “Birdwatch: Fact Checking will Need to be the Future of Social Media”

GET THE ZUCC

Earlier in November, two of tech’s most highest profiles were grilled (once again) by the US Congress. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter faced questions from both Democrats and Republicans in an intense hearing (answered through Zoom). In the few weeks leading up to the hearing, Facebook announced that it would be takingContinue reading “GET THE ZUCC”

Gender Reveal [GONE WRONG], For Real

In the early weeks of September, at least 3.5 million acres of land had been destroyed in a forest fire that’s devastated parts of California. The cause of it? A gender reveal stunt that went terribly wrong. What was described as a “smoke generating pyrotechnic device” had been used and sparked the El Dorado fire, spreadingContinue reading “Gender Reveal [GONE WRONG], For Real”

Trump and TikTok: Now What?

In early September, The Trump administration announced that it would be banning the Chinese-owned mobile apps TikTok and WeChat from US app stores. This was an escalated move in the US’ tech clash with China. The restrictions were scheduled to go into effect on TikTok within the first weeks of November unless the company couldContinue reading “Trump and TikTok: Now What?”

Biden Wins US Presidential Elections

Joe Biden wins the US presidential elections. Donald Trump still isn’t fully convinced. By the numbers, Biden’s victory was not really a landslide to say the least. However, as far as the numbers are concerned, Joe may go down as a transitional figure in the shift from Republican to Democrat. An important one to addContinue reading “Biden Wins US Presidential Elections”

Vaccine Nationalism is a Thing and Here’s Why it’s Concerning

Instead of working together to create a worldwide strategy, a significant number of nations are already taking the “our nation first” path in having a potential cure to COVID-19. Here’s why vaccine nationalism calls for concern, and why it might mean a longer wait for an end to the virus (sigh).

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: 75 Years Ago this Week

For many ordinary Hiroshima citizens, August 6, 1945 began as just another day. Despite having received less than positive news from the frontlines of the Japanese Army, there was a sense of calm and relief for citizens. Hiroshima had, after all, been spared the US airstrikes that had hit other Japanese cities.