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Qantas Airways named ‘Spirit of Disappointment’ in Shonky awards

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Qantas Airways has been crowned the winner of the Shonky Awards amid customer dissatisfaction

Qantas Airways has been labelled the ‘Spirit of Disappointment’ during this year’s Shonky Awards, or ‘Shonkys’ by Consumer advocacy group ‘Choice’.

The ‘shonkys’ are designed to recognise “worst of the worst products and services” offered in the nation.

Steggles, VetPay, Bloomex and Zega Digital cookware are the other brands that have also been named and shamed.

Credit: Choice Shonky Awards

But this is the third time Qantas has been crowned the winner.

It comes after months of lost luggage, long wait times, cancelled flights and the airline’s controversial flight credits scheme.

Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland says Qantas has seemingly gone out of its way to earn the award.

He says “people are still paying premium prices to fly Qantas, but it’s clear from the complaints, they’re not getting a premium service.”

But a spokesperson for the airline has slammed the award, saying it is out of date.

Qantas believes its performance has improved, with customers redeeming more than $1 billion in COVID-related flight credits.

The carrier also notes “no one is disputing the fact it had issues earlier this year”.

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Did the Simpsons predict Musk’s Twitter takeover?

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk claims The Simpsons predicted his takeover years ago

Elon Musk has alluded to the fact that The Simpsons predicted his takeover of Twitter in a 2015 episode.

The episode titled “The Musk who fell to Earth” showcases Lisa Simpson feeding birds in a letter box with the label “Home Tweet Home.”

During the episode, Musk flies in on his rocket ship before meeting the Simpsons family.

Before Musk leaves, the show throws to the bird house. Lisa Simpson then says “I guess humanity wants its change one bird house at a time.”

Fans of the series have been quick to jump on its so-called prediction capabilities. They often draw parallels between the episodes and monumental events in history.

Lovers of the show are convinced it predicted Donald Trump’s Presidential run, Disney’s purchase of Fox and the 9/11 attacks.

More recently, they’re certain the show predicted England and America’s 2022 World Cup match in an 1997 episode.

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British lawmakers want to fine social media

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Social media companies could be fined if they don’t remove harmful content, according to a new plan from the UK Government

Lawmakers want to make it illegal to encourage users to harm themselves online.

It’s part of a crackdown on online behaviour on content that leads to self harm.

In a statement, Digital Secretary Michelle Donelan said these firms “can no longer remain silent bystanders”.

She says they’ll face fines for allowing this abusive and destructive behaviour to continue on their platforms.”

It follows the death of Molly Russell in 20-17, which sparked concern for harmful content online.

A coroner ruled social media platforms fed her content that “romanticised acts of self-harm”.

Sexually explicit materials will also be banned under the new policy.

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Twitter adds millions of users after cutting staff

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Twitter boss Elon Musk says new user signups to the social media platform are at an “all-time high”.

That’s despite his recent struggles with a mass exodus of advertisers and users fleeing to other platforms.

Musk says signups to Twitter are averaging over two million per day over the past week.

Reported impersonations on the platform spiked earlier this month, before and in wake of the Twitter Blue launch.

Musk says buying Twitter will speed up his ambition to create an “everything app” called X.

Musk’s “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App” will have features like encrypted DMs, longform tweets and payments.

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