New Aussie-owned social media app, See Our News, offers a safe and secure space for users to share news and photos.
In an age dominated by social media giants, foreign-owned platforms and growing concerns about data privacy, there’s a breath of fresh air in the Australian tech scene. See Our News is a cutting-edge Australian-owned news, photo sharing and social media platform.
Its innovative app has been designed to connect small social groups, clubs and families through an easy-to-use and digest mobile app available on both Apple and Android devices.
Connecting communities and fostering secure interaction
Developed in Sydney and 100 per cent Australian-owned, See Our News is designed with one clear mission: To create a reliable source of information for communities while making it effortless for families, friends and social groups to stay connected.
Importantly, the See Our News app offers a safe, secure and engaging space for users to communicate, discuss and access accurate updates directly from their favourite personalities and organisations.
See Our News has been crafted to cater specifically to the unique needs of local communities. It introduces a host of features aimed at fostering meaningful interactions and securely sharing essential information.
One of the standout features of See Our News is its commitment to security and privacy. In a world where data breaches and privacy concerns have become commonplace, the app stands as a secure haven for users. It enables individuals to communicate, discuss and access accurate updates from their favourite personalities and organisations without worrying about their data falling into the wrong hands.
Why parents will love See Our News
As parents, we understand that safeguarding our children’s online presence is paramount. By keeping user information within chosen groups, the app ensures that families can communicate, share and engage in discussions without compromising their privacy.
This level of control over who accesses our shared moments and updates offers a reassuring layer of cyber security that foreign-owned platforms often lack. Picture this: a platform where you can share your family’s milestones, candid snapshots and daily adventures without the fear of your cherished memories falling into the wrong hands.
See Our News allows families to create a safe and secure space where these moments are shared exclusively among those you choose. It’s a digital haven where grandparents, parents and kids can share their lives, all while maintaining the privacy that family deserves.
Key features of See Our News
See Our News empowers communities and safely connects families through a few key features.
1. Tailored updates
Users can follow individuals and organisations that matter most to them, ensuring they receive updates tailored to their interests.
2. Privacy and safety
The app prioritises user privacy and safety, making sure that shared information stays secure within the groups users choose to connect with.
3. Seamless communication
See Our News offers a chat messaging tool for easy communication, allowing users to stay in touch with friends and family effortlessly.
4. Unrestricted posting
The platform encourages open and expressive communication by allowing unrestricted post quantity and size.
5. 100 per cent Australian-owned
See Our News proudly carries the Australian ownership flag, aligning with its mission to provide a safe and dependable news and photo sharing platform for all.
“At See Our News, we recognise the vital role local communities play in shaping our society. Our platform is designed to give power back to these communities, providing a space where they can connect, share and stay informed with communities and personal groups that they are part of,” says founder of See Our News, Don Spencer.
“Our Australian ownership matches our aim to make See Our News a safe and dependable news and photo sharing platform for all. Our focus is on security and reliability, meaning users can get news without bias, and their shared information stays secure within the groups they choose to connect and communicate with.”
Why ownership matters in social media safety
In 2023, the issue of foreign ownership of social media platforms has gained significant attention in Australia. With platforms like Facebook, Instagram and TikTok being foreign-owned, concerns about cybersecurity and data privacy have grown exponentially.
Australia alone boasts a staggering 21.30 million social media users, equating to 81 per cent of the overall population, with 73 per cent using Facebook as their primary platform.
Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Cyber Security and Chair of the Committee on Foreign Interference through Social Media, is a prominent voice in Australian politics who consistently highlights the threat foreign-owned platforms play on Australia’s cyber security.
“For the first time we are dealing with a pervasive foreign interference threat which directly affects millions of Australians who use social media daily. Effectively countering foreign interference through social media is, therefore, one of Australia’s most pressing security challenges and the rise in the use of social media could corrupt our decision-making, political discourse and societal norms,” he says.
“Platforms like TikTok and WeChat that are subject to the control of authoritarian regimes illustrate the broader cyber security risk to sensitive government information, and while social media has led to increased access to information and facilitated a broader range of voices in our democracy, the proliferation of disinformation threatens our public institutions and social cohesion.”
Social media safety tips for the entire family
Here are some essential tips to apply for yourself and to teach your kids when it comes to social media use.
1. Guard your personal information
Be cautious about sharing personal details online. Avoid posting sensitive information like your address, phone number or financial data.
2. Use strong passwords
Create strong, unique passwords for each of your online accounts. Consider using a password manager to keep your credentials safe.
3. Review privacy settings
Regularly review and update your social media privacy settings. Limit the information you share with the public and adjust settings according to your comfort level.
4. Beware of scams
Be vigilant against phishing scams and suspicious messages. Don’t click on suspicious links or share personal information with unknown contacts.
5. Verify information
Before sharing or reacting to news on social media, verify its authenticity. Misinformation and fake news can spread rapidly and lead to misunderstandings.
6. Report and block
If you encounter harassment or inappropriate content, report it to the platform and consider blocking the user. Your safety comes first. Make sure your child understands they can talk to you about anything that they feel they may have done wrong online, or anything that concerns them.
Find out more about See Our News
As foreign-owned platforms grapple with security issues, See Our News offers a secure, reliable and Australian-owned alternative to connect with people. To download the See Our News app and join a community of engaged and informed users, visit the Apple App Store and Google Play. For more information, visit seeournews.org.
More about online safety
- Cyber safety: Keeping your children safe from predators
- Cyberbullying: Help for your child
- How to be a good digital citizen
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