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Facebook outage shows need for infrastructure regulation

On Monday, Oct. 4, billions of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp users from every corner of the world reached for their phones — only to find that they could not access…

Social media is harming our democracies and ads are just the tip of the iceberg

Politicians using money to gain influence is nothing new. But with Facebook under fire for refusing to fact-check political ads and Twitter deciding to ban them, any voter has to…

How to (successfully) step back from social media’s influence over you

It’s time we started paying attention — not only to how much we use social media, but also to how and why we use it..

Data disrupts democracy

The Cambridge Analytica files, which recently revealed the manner in which data analytics companies are able to influence elections, have caused stirs in many circles. Previous campaign strategies — which sought to…

Finding a place to cry on campus

It’s that time of year again If you’ve ever been perusing the depths of Facebook in a spiral of procrastination, it is likely that you’ve come across the ever-growing Facebook…

EDITORIAL: Fake news has real consequences for media and the masses

The Pope endorsed Donald Trump. An FBI agent investigating Hillary Clinton’s private email server was discovered dead in an apparent murder-suicide. And busloads of professional protesters were dropped off mere…

UPDATED: Evidence suggests Unite candidate was victim of impersonator

New evidence has surfaced in the Martlet’s investigation of an alleged Facebook conversation between an anonymous UVic student and UVSS Chairperson Brontë Renwick-Shields suggesting that someone impersonated the Chairperson in…

Reasons not to create Facebook accounts for your baby

We see it every day in our Facebook news feeds: someone is newly engaged and preparing for marriage, or someone is pregnant and preparing for parenthood. Old traditions created by…

New Facebook policy coming Jan. 30

And why it is no reason to freak out