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Month: August 2018 (Page 1 of 3)

Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform into a responsible public utility – Anjana Susarla

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When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information. Continue reading

Germany: Removal of online hate speech in numbers – Kirsten Gollatz, Martin J Riedl and Jens Pohlmann

Six months after a new German law  the Network Enforcement Act  has come into full effect, social media platforms are tasked to report on illegal hate speech. But as these figures have been made available, what can we learn from them? Researcher Kirsten Gollatz, Fellow Martin J. Riedl and Jens Pohlmann from the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) have a closer look at the reports. Continue reading

Case Law: Alsaifi v Newcastle College Group and Board of Governors, Libel Claim Lecturer wins appeal to fight on – Media Lawyer

In the case of Alsaifi v Newcastle College Group and Board of Governors ([2018] EWHC 1954 (QB)) a lecturer who was banned from teaching then won an appeal overturning that decision has succeeded with an appeal against a Master’s decision to dismiss his defamation claim against the college at which he once worked. Continue reading

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