Preventing social media harm: an idea – Simon Carne

22 03 2019

There are widespread calls to regulate social media. Hardly a day goes by without some new outrage which eclipses what we have seen already. One of the great problems for anyone wishing to put a stop to the abuse is that social media users can easily make themselves anonymous Read the rest of this entry »





Four ways social media platforms could stop the spread of hateful content in aftermath of terror attacks – Bertie Vidgen

20 03 2019

File 20190318 28502 irx4gz.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The deadly attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which 50 people were killed and many others critically injured, was streamed live on Facebook by the man accused of carrying it out. It was then quickly shared across social media platforms. Read the rest of this entry »





A Ten Point Rule of Law Test for a Social Media Duty of Care – Graham Smith

19 03 2019

All the signs are that the government will shortly propose a duty of care on social media platforms aimed at reducing the risk of harm to users. DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright wrote recently: Read the rest of this entry »





Why not nationalize Facebook? – Blayne Haggart

15 03 2019
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The Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal is fast emerging as a watershed for our increasingly digitized society. For the first time, how to regulate personal data has become a mainstream public issue, so it’s important that we understand fully all the options available to us. Read the rest of this entry »





Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms – Mark Bunting

8 03 2019

A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to propose a plan for regulation of online platforms.  Read the rest of this entry »





DCMS Report: Time to regulate social media? – Zoe McCallum

5 03 2019

Last month the Commons DCMS Committee on Disinformation and Fake News [pdf] recommended a new regulator for tech companies and an enhanced role for the ICO, paid for by a levy on tech giants. Read the rest of this entry »





The law is closing in on Facebook and the ‘digital gangsters’ – Sacha Molitorisz and Derek Wilding

3 03 2019

For social media and search engines, the law is back in town. Prompted by privacy invasions, the spread of misinformation, a crisis in news funding and potential interference in elections, regulators in several countries now propose a range of interventions to curb the power of digital platforms. Read the rest of this entry »