What Facebook isn’t telling us about its fight against online abuse – Laura Bliss

24 05 2018
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Facebook has for the first time made available data on the scale of abusive comments posted to its site. This may have been done under the growing pressure by organisations for social media companies to be more transparent about online abuse, or to gain credibility after the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Either way, the figures do not make for pleasurable reading. Read the rest of this entry »






The government scuppers Leveson Part 2: is Britain’s press undermining democracy? – Steven Barnett

22 05 2018

Recent amendments to the Data Protection Bill, supported by the House of Lords and then narrowly defeated in the Commons, would have revived Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into unlawful conduct and corporate cover-ups in national newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »





Law and Media Round Up – 21 May 2018

21 05 2018

On Tuesday 15 May 2018 the House of Lords voted to support amendments to the Data Protection Bill implementing Part Two of the Leveson Inquiry, namely 252 to 213 in favour of the proposals. Read the rest of this entry »





Suspect Anonymity: is it actually feasible? – Alistair Parker

19 05 2018

Former popstar and baby-boomer heart-throb Cliff Richard is suing the BBC for breach of privacy regarding its report that he had been accused of a sexual offence, and also its coverage in 2014 of the subsequent police raid on his home. The BBC coverage included use of a helicopter, and broadcasting the police search through the glass walls of Mr Richard’s property. He was later exonerated from the police investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





What is doxxing, and why is it so scary? – Jasmine McNealy

18 05 2018

File 20180511 135202 16r572u.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1It’s almost a given that you have personal information available online. Beyond social media and online discussion boards, there are public records of property ownership and voter registration, as well as massive databases of financial information assembled by credit-rating agencies. Read the rest of this entry »





Some problems with EU measures against fake news, Dutch Media v EU – Emiel Jurjens and Jens van den Brink

17 05 2018

The EU is stepping up its fight against fake news. It recently published a new policy document (the ‘Communication on Tackling online disinformation’ of 26 April 2018) proposing several measures against fake news. Read the rest of this entry »