Australia and China’s new battleground: social media



Xi Jinping, Roberto Azevêdo, Randal Quarles sitting at a table: Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low


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Bilateral ties between China and Australia have plummeted to a new low

From furious insults to WeChat censorship, a spat between China and Australia over a controversial tweet has escalated into an online tit-for-tat in recent days.

The catalyst for the row, posted by a top Chinese government official, was a fake image.

But the diplomatic fall-out has been all too real, plunging an already fragile relationship between the two countries further into the abyss.

Warning: This story contains an image some people might find distressing.

‘Truly repugnant’

It all began with that shocking tweet.

On Monday China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted this fake image on Twitter, responding to a damning report about alleged Australian war crimes in Afghanistan.



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We’ve blurred out a part of it, but the picture shows a grinning Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan

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Argentina rugby union rescinds Matera suspension over social media posts | Rugby union

The Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) has rescinded its sanction against captain Pablo Matera and two players who posted racial and xenophobic comments on social media and were left out of the team for Saturday’s Tri-Nations match against Australia.

Flanker Matera was stripped of the captaincy and, along with lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino, suspended for comments posted between 2011 and 2013 which disparaged Black people and those from other South American nations. UAR said the players’ apologies, combined with their good behaviour in the years since the comments were posted, meant the suspension could be lifted.

“The preventive measures are unnecessary so we have resolved to lift the suspension of the three players and reinstate the captaincy to Pablo Matera,” the UAR said in a statement. “The disciplinary process continues and the commission will arrive at a final resolution in the next few days.”

None of the trio

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“Powerful and inspiring”: Elliot Page receives support and gratitude on social media after announcing he’s trans

After Elliot Page announced on Tuesday that he is transgender, celebrities and fans took to social media to show support for the actor, whom many called brave. Page, the Oscar-nominated actor known for roles in “Juno” and Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” wrote in a long Instagram post that he felt “overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey.”

“So happy for and inspired by you, Elliot,” comedian Ilana Glazer commented on Page’s Instagram post. 

“So proud of our superhero!! WE LOVE YOU ELLIOT!!!” said the account for “The Umbrella Academy.”

“Elliot rules!” Miley Cyrus wrote.

Page’s wife, Emma Portner, a dancer and choreographer, reposted Page’s moving message on Instagram, writing in the caption that she is “so proud.”

“Trans, queer and non-binary people are a gift to this world,” Portner wrote. “I also ask for patience & privacy but that you join me in the

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All the Social Media Giants Are Becoming the Same

There is no such thing as a new idea. The maxim holds true in Hollywood (honestly, a remake of Mulan?) and in Silicon Valley (“Uber but for X!”), but lately social media companies have taken unoriginality to new levels. Twitter now has Fleets, a rip-off of Instagram Stories, originally copied from Snapchat. Snapchat now has Spotlight, similar to Instagram Reels, brazenly stolen from TikTok. TikTok grew from the ashes of Vine, which was acquired by Twitter, which is now pursuing a concept called Audio Spaces, a carbon copy of Clubhouse.

Does your head hurt? Mine does, as do my thumbs, which now have three times as many platforms to scroll for short-form and ephemeral videos. I am overwhelmed with content and underwhelmed by features—at least until the next big thing comes along, and everyone lunges to copy that.

Companies are always eyeing their competitors to see what works;

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Tired Of The Social Media Rat Race, Journalists Move To Writing Substack Newsletters : NPR

San Francisco-based Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best and Jairaj Sethi are the co-founders of email newsletter Substack, which seen its active writers more than double since the start of the pandemic.

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San Francisco-based Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best and Jairaj Sethi are the co-founders of email newsletter Substack, which seen its active writers more than double since the start of the pandemic.

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As a tech journalist for the website The Verge, Casey Newton established himself as something of a Silicon Valley institution. Known for a mix of original reporting and gimlet-eyed analysis, his writing has become essential reading for those who want to better understand the industry.

This fall, he quit his steady job at The Verge to start an email newsletter with Substack, a San Francisco-based startup.

“All of a sudden this thing comes along where it’s like, imagine never having to ask

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Trump Threatens Military Spending Veto In Social Media Bias Battle

Donald Trump has threatened to veto a major military funding bill unless Congress abolishes a liability law protecting social media firms regularly accused of bias by the president.

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act gives immunity to tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter from legal action on content posted by users.

Both platforms have found themselves the target of incandescent fury from Trump in recent weeks after they began attaching disclaimers to social media posts by the president that claimed he had lost last month’s election due to voter fraud.

Trump has doubled on a months-old push to abolish the statute in response — a move that has been backed by his congressional allies.

“Section 230… represents a serious threat to our national security and the integrity of the elections,” the president tweeted on Tuesday night.

US President Donald Trump has threatened to veto a major military funding bill unless Congress abolishes a liability law protecting social media firms US President Donald Trump has threatened to veto a major military funding

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Trump threatens to veto defense bill over social media shield law

Washington — President Trump threatened Tuesday to veto a must-pass annual defense policy bill unless Congress agrees to end a federal law that provides social media companies with a crucial legal shield.



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Mr. Trump made his threat in a pair of late-night tweets, in which he said Congress must include a repeal of the law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act for it to receive his signature. The president has for months been pressuring Congress to strip social media companies of the protections they receive under the 24-year-old law, claiming platforms like Twitter and Facebook censor and suppress conservative speech.

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech’ (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a

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Trump threatens to veto defense bill unless social media shield is repealed

Washington — President Trump threatened Tuesday to veto a must-pass annual defense policy bill unless Congress agrees to end a federal law that provides social media companies with a crucial legal shield.

Mr. Trump made his threat in a pair of late-night tweets, in which he said Congress must include a repeal of the law known as Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the $740 billion National Defense Authorization Act for it to receive his signature. The president has for months been pressuring Congress to strip social media companies of the protections they receive under the 24-year-old law, claiming platforms like Twitter and Facebook censor and suppress conservative speech.

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to ‘Big Tech’ (the only companies in America that have it – corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can

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Trump threatens to veto defense bill over social media protections

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to veto a defense policy bill unless it ends protections for internet companies that shield them from being held liable for material posted by their users.



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On Twitter Tuesday night, Trump took aim at Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act, which protects companies that can host trillions of messages from being sued into oblivion by anyone who feels wronged by something someone else has posted — whether their complaint is legitimate or not.

Trump called Section 230 “a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity,” adding, “Therefore, if the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”

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Trump threatens to veto defence bill over social media immunity

Donald Trump has threatened to veto the US defence bill unless Congress includes language in the legislation to strip social media companies of legal protections over content posted on their platforms.

Mr Trump said he would not sign the annual defence spending bill unless lawmakers used the legislation to rescind part of the Communications Decency Act — known as Section 230 — that guarantees immunity for social media companies from being prosecuted for libellous content that users post.

The president has argued that social media companies were biased against conservative politicians and wanted to damage his chances of re-election.

Mr Trump wrote on Twitter that Section 230 was a “serious threat” to national security and election integrity: “If the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act . . . I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill.”

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