The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms? – Bertie Vigden

16 09 2019

Earlier this summer, some of the world’s biggest tech, product and branding companies (including Google, Facebook, Unilever and Procter & Gamble) launched The Global Alliance for Responsible Media. This self-described ‘unprecedented’ alliance aims to tackle ‘dangerous, hateful, disruptive and fake content online’ which it says, if left unchecked, ‘risks threatening our global community’. Read the rest of this entry »





How social media companies are tackling anti-vaccination misinformation – Emma Goodman

19 08 2019

It’s not the only health issue to be subject to misinformation online, but the prevalence of anti-vaccination content on social media is causing great concern among public health officialspoliticians and more. Read the rest of this entry »





Regulating Facebook, Google and Amazon is hard given their bewildering complexity – Zac Rogers

18 08 2019

Back in the 1990s – a lifetime ago in internet terms – the Spanish sociologist Manuel Castells published several books charting the rise of information networks. He predicted that in the networked age, more value would accrue in controlling flows of information than in controlling the content itself. Read the rest of this entry »





Advertising Regulation: First ads to be banned under the new ASA gender-stereotyping rules – Alexandros Antoniou and Dimitris Akrivos

17 08 2019

The 14 August 2019 marked the two-month anniversary of the new advertising rule targeting ‘harmful gender stereotypes’ in the UK. On the same day, Mondelēz International Inc, one of the world’s largest snacks companies and Volkswagen, the German automaker giant, were found in breach of the UK Code of Broadcast Advertising (BCAP Code) over two television advertisements which featured such stereotypes. This post considers the first ever ads that were formally investigated by the ASA under the newly introduced rule. Read the rest of this entry »





The Telegraph’s Brexit poll is bogus, but broadcasters seem not to have noticed – Steve Barnett

15 08 2019

Opinion polls exude an aura of scientific truth. Those numbers and percentages are so reassuringly solid, especially when generated by one of the well-known names of the polling world, that for many people they represent hard evidence of the state of British public opinion. Read the rest of this entry »





IPSO gets a new chair, a former Tory Minister – Brian Cathcart

3 08 2019
The corporate papers demonstrate yet again that they are happy for politicians to have a role in press regulation – so long as they’re from the right party.

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‘Real news’ may be doing more harm than ‘fake news’ – Rodolfo Leyva

24 07 2019

Before reacting to the title, please note the following qualifiers. By “real news”, I’m primarily referring to the political journalism of the Western and mainstream conservative press, though, centrist and ostensibly liberal outlets are also implicated when they use the manipulative reporting techniques discussed below. Read the rest of this entry »





Governments are making fake news a crime but it could stifle free speech – Alana Schetzer

21 07 2019

The rapid spread of fake news can influence millions of people, impacting elections and financial markets. A study on the impact of fake news on the 2016 US presidential election, for instance, has found that fake news stories about Hillary Clinton was “very strongly linked” to the defection of voters who supported Barack Obama in the previous election. Read the rest of this entry »





The Times, IPSO and the Mystery of the Systematic Breaches Sanction – Paul Wragg

19 07 2019

In June 2019, Brian Cathcart and Paddy French published a report which accused Andrew Norfolk and The Times of an anti-Muslim bias in its reporting.  They mention three articles specifically.  Of these, two resulted in complaints to IPSO, both of which were upheld.  In the first, Tower Hamlets v The Times, the newspaper was ‘ordered’ to publish a summary of the adjudication. Read the rest of this entry »





Scandal at the Times: Another Journalistic Cover-Up – Brian Cathcart

29 06 2019
In the British press, journalists rarely challenge other journalists about their standards. This approach is not protecting journalism. It is corrupting it.

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