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Facebook Birthday, Facebook old, Wechat, Weibo

Facebook is old: the Ford-T of social media just turned 15

Column
Jan Blommaert
05/02/2019
6 minutes to read

The very thing that has made Facebook great also makes it obsolete. Designed in the very early years of the 21st century and swept up in a wave of tremendous technological developments, Facebook now looks, and feels, almost medieval.

The November 13 Paris attacks

Article
Nine van Steen
28/01/2019
10 minutes to read

Loads of people got involved in the Paris attacks: perpetrators, Islamic State, victims, and the general public. In this article, these groups of people are brought in relation to online infrastructures.