Medical minefield: the murky world of Instagram advertising

The chief financial officer of Facebook, which owns Instagram, has said the rise in ad revenue during the second quarter of 2020 was primarily driven by small and medium-sized businesses. “In the last year, Instagram has radically pushed into pitching itself as the space of small business,” Professor Leaver says. “They spent the entire pandemic saying ‘we are the saviour of small business’ and you can basically run an entire business through Instagram and not need any other infrastructure.”

Ear wands, nerve machines and 'pussy mist': I asked medical experts whether I should buy the miracle cures I see in my Instagram ads

• Much of the growth in Instagram ad revenue in the second half of 2020 was due to small and medium-sized businesses, according to Facebook. • The surge in smaller businesses advertising on Instagram has led to a number of medical and wellness products being advertised under the noses of regulators. • I asked medical experts about whether the products I’m advertised on Instagram live up to their claims.

She Can't Forgive A Newspaper For Focusing On A Broken Sex Toy After Her Boyfriend "Viciously" Assaulted Her

That was the headline on a story about how Northern Territory woman S. was violently assaulted in 2015 by her ex-boyfriend, who narrowly avoided jail time. Years on, she still remembers how it felt to have her assault reported in that way. "I was 21 and traumatised and the sensationalist chuckles and jokes of irresponsible media reporting made me feel humiliated and furious," the now 25-year-old told BuzzFeed News. "Once the anger faded I just felt exhausted and violated, and that's still what I

A Pro-Choice Politician Trying To Decriminalise Abortion Shares The Contents Of Her Inbox

The Queensland government is weeks away from introducing a bill to decriminalise abortion and the state's deputy premier Jackie Trad, who campaigned for the procedure to be removed from Queensland's criminal code, says she receives abusive emails, letters and tweets for being pro-choice "every single day". "I have received hundreds of emails, hundreds of comments, there are Twitter accounts that are solely set up to tweet abuse at me, anti-choicers letter-boxed my entire electorate calling me the 'minister for abortion'," Trad told BuzzFeed News. "It seems like this is the price of being a publicly pro-choice woman in Australia — speaking up makes you a target." We had a look inside Trad's inbox.

Here’s What It’s Like Being A Female Journalist Online

We asked nine Australian female journalists about their experiences online. Guardian Australia's assistant news editor Bridie Jabour said receiving rape threats was a "regular experience". "I would estimate it’s in the high hundreds, even thousands [of rape threats I have received]," Jabour told BuzzFeed News. "I’ve had violence threatened against me, my family tracked down and abused, and sexual comments about my looks are so common they barely register." Jabour said the worst abuse she had ever copped online was directed at her younger sister. "A press conference I had done with Tony Abbott went a little bit viral and my sister tweeted something innocuous in support of me," she said. "A man wrote back to her and me that he hoped she was raped with a whiskey bottle. She was 19."

Gun Enthusiasts Shot And Blew Up An Effigy Of A Female Gun Control Activist

The video begins as a demonstration for a magazine extension for the controversial Adler shotgun. Currently only the five-shot Adler is allowed into Australia, so gun owners are purchasing magazine extensions to increase the amount of shots they can take per round. In the video, the effigy "Sham Leigh" of "Fun Control Australia" says: "ban the Adler, it’s dangerous he could kill people” and a male voice responding "fuck off" before obliterating the blonde doll. A gas canister under the doll

This Is What Online Harassment Is Like For Australian Women

"A lot of people take issue with this, telling me that [being a Muslim feminist is] an oxymoron," the 25-year-old Melbourne woman told BuzzFeed News. "I get sent memes about women being stupid for being Muslim. "I get called things like 'cancerous cunt' and when I've tried to report it I have been told it doesn't violate [Twitter's editorial standards]." People have sent Lara photos of beheadings and called the prophet Muhammad a paedophile. "One man told me he was great at oral sex but I wouldn't know because I have no clitoris," she said.

Here's What Could Happen To People Who Share Someone Else's Nudes In Australia

There are no specific federal laws regarding revenge porn, but if an Australian is using a carriage service to cause menace, harass, or offend, the maximum penalty is three years in prison. The eSafety Commissioner's office has identified that the "non-consensual sharing of private sexual images can be a form of family violence or sexual abuse". One-in-five Australian adults surveyed say they have had images or videos of a nude or sexual nature taken without their consent; 11% say these images