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TikTok axes thousands of videos in Australia over ‘medical misinformation’

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TikTok is on a rampage in Australia removing hundreds of videos that it considers to be medical misinformation

This comes as part of the social media app’s efforts to prevent fake news particularly in relation to COVID-19, vaccine effectivity and government restrictions.

Throughout 2021 TikTok removed 12,582 videos.

The company cites its commitment to stopping the spread of misinformation and disinformation in Australia as part of the Digital Industry Group’s voluntary code of practice.

These restrictions are particularly strict within Australia with TikTok required to publish transparency reports detailing its work in following the code of conduct.

The media giant says they “will continue to address misinformation by investing heavily in technology and review teams, introducing in-app features, promoting trusted information from authoritative sources and developing policies to prevent its spread”.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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Meta faces a probe into triggering poor mental health

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Meta is facing a string of lawsuits that relate to the mental health of young people

The legal disputes blame Instagram for eating disorders, depression and even suicides among children and teens.

It comes after whistle-blower Frances Haugen exposed internal documents about how Instagram impacts body image and mental health.

The leaks allegedly show Meta is aware that its products hurt children but the company chose to put its growth and profits ahead of user’s safety.

Meta has not responded to these latest legal blows.

Of course, if you or someone you know needs help, please contact your local helpline.

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Musk creating hybrid of Uber and Airbnb

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Musk is predicting the company’s robotaxi will be like a combined version of Uber and Airbnb

Unlike Uber though, Musk says the system is not being designed with a launch city in mind, the way competitors have approached the concept.

Are we better off without Uber and taxi drivers?

Musk said Tesla owners will have the choice of using it themselves or adding their cars to the robotaxi fleet to earn money when they do not need them.

The tech billionaire mentioned that regulatory hurdles will limit where it can be deployed.

He estimates that a typical vehicle added to the system will see its usage jump from 12 hours a week to 60 hours a week and become a revenue generator for the owner of the Tesla.

The idea is that when your car is parked, it then joins the fleet and takes off on its own with no driver.

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Elon Musk’s ruins ended up in Australia

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Scientists have confirmed space debris found in the state of New South Wales is in fact from Elon Musk’s SpaceX company

Farmers Mick Miners and Jock Wallace got the shock of their life when they stumbled across the wreckage on their properties.

Australia’s Space Agency was alerted to the find, and sent an expert to determine its origins.

Scientists have now confirmed the location and timing of space junk coincides with a SpaceX craft which re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere at 7am on July 9.

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