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Musk begs Twitter advertisers to stay 



Elon Musk is begging for Twitter advertisers to stay on the social media platform

In an hour long question and answer session, Elon Musk has pleaded with Twitter advertisers not to leave the platform.

The billionaire met with advertising heavyweights about their future on his platform during an audio forum.

Many have already indicated that they are leaving Twitter and taking their advertising dollars elsewhere.

Large-scale companies including General Motors Co, Pfizer Inc., and Mondelez International Inc. moved to pause their ads following Musk’s takeover.

The Twitter owner has blamed left activist groups for influencing advertisers’ decisions to leave the platform.

This comes despite Musk’s decision to reduce content moderation on the social network.

Misinformation is already beginning to circle on the platform.

Over the past week, Musk has fired nearly 7,500 Twitter employees. This is adding to the growing concerns held by advertisers regarding the future operations of the platform.

However, in this case, Musk has forgotten to consider the important role advertisers play in helping to keep the platform afloat.

Somehow, his $8 per month blue tick tactic, may not be enough of an income stream to keep Twitter running.

This is if the platform continues to haemorrhage lucrative advertising revenue.

The next few months of the Twitter saga will be eventful in terms of the changes Musk implements to realise his vision of adigital town square.”

The interesting thing about town squares is that people usually only walk through them on the way to somewhere else.

Dr. Karen Sutherland, University of the Sunshine Coast and Dharana Digital contributed to this report.

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Amazon employees walk out to protest office policies



Staff at warehousing giant Amazon have walked off the job to protest the company’s return-to-office program

Over 1,900 Amazon employees pledged to protest globally over proposed changes to the company’s climate policy, layoffs and a return-to-office mandate.

The activist group behind the rally is known as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ), who are seeking a greater voice for employees.

“Our goal is to change Amazon’s cost/benefit analysis on making harmful, unilateral decisions that are having an outsized impact on people of color, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable people,” organisers said.

Over 100 people gathered at the heart of Amazon’s Seattle headquarters on Wednesday. The company said it had not witnessed any other demonstrations.

AECJ said the walkout comes after Amazon made moves “in the wrong direction”.

The company recently has recently overturned a desire to make all Amazon shipments net zero for carbon emissions by 2030.

The company maintains a pledge on climate change.

Amazon spokesperson Brad Glasser told Reuters the company is pursuing a strategy to cut carbon emissions.

“For companies like ours who consume a lot of power, and have very substantial transportation, packaging, and physical building assets, it’ll take time to accomplish.”

AECJ protesters also sought support for the 27,000 staff, who had lost their jobs in recent months —around 9 per cent of Amazon’s global workforce.

The company has also mandated a return-to-office program.

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The Great Resignation vs. The Great Burnout



As employees recover from the height of the pandemic, the Great Resignation has come to light

The pandemic saw the term ‘the great resignation’ coined as thousands of people resigned from their jobs across the U.S. in 2021 and 2022.

Karin Reed, the author of ‘Suddenly Hybrid said the great resignation was a period of employees taking control of their future.

“A lot of people realised in their current environment they were not happy with what they were doing with their job. They chose to vote with their feet and go elsewhere,

In other parts of the world, a spike in resignations was not reported.

However, a higher degree of workers began reporting post-Covid burnout, as they made a return to the office.

“There’s been a blurring of the lines. You have work that’s not confined by a physical space.

“Instead of closing the computer and walk away, our computer is in the next room.”

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When will airfares begin to fall?



As the global aviation market rebounds, airlines are changing their service offerings

Over 46 million workers in the global aviation sector lost their jobs as global aviation came to a grinding halt at the onset of the pandemic.

However, Geoffrey Thomas from said passengers have returned to airport terminals and boarded flights in droves.

“When travelled returned, many of us wondered what sort of low airfares will we have to be charged to entice people back onto airplanes.”

In February 2023, total traffic (measured in revenue passenger kilometres) rose 55.5 per cent when compared to February 2022.

Globally, traffic is at 84.9 per cent of February 2019 levels.

“It was a stampede, the likes of which we have never seen before,” Mr Thomas said.

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