Three ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts: if they wanted to – Anthony M. Nadler and Matthew Crain

9 12 2018

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Facebook is in crisis mode, but the company can take major steps to fix itself – and the global community it says it wants to promote. Facebook founder, CEO and majority shareholder Mark Zuckerberg need not wait for governments to impose regulations. If he and other industry leaders wanted to, they could make meaningful changes fairly quickly. Read the rest of this entry »





Truth, Trust and Technology: so what’s the problem? – Sonia Livingstone

25 11 2018

As policy makers in the UK and elsewhere consider how to tackle the spread of misinformation and the problems it causes, the LSE Truth, Trust and Technology Commission published its report last week, ‘Tackling the Information Crisis: A Policy Framework for Media System Resilience.’ Professor Sonia Livingstone, Chair of the Commission, explains here some of the problems the report seeks to address. Read the rest of this entry »





Tackling the Information Crisis: A new report from LSE – Professor Charlie Beckett

22 11 2018

What kind of information society do you want? How should we reduce the amount of misinformation? How can we protect democracy from digital damage? How can we help people make the most of the extraordinary opportunities of the Internet while avoiding the harm it can cause? Read the rest of this entry »





(Don’t) Think Before You Retweet? – Ed Klaris and Alexia Bedat

20 11 2018

Every second, on average, 6,000 tweets are published on Twitter – that’s 500 million tweets per day. Of these millions of tweeters, how many are considering defamation law when they retweet? Probably not many. And yet, one click of a button could land you into legal trouble. Read the rest of this entry »





Ethical questions over Number 10’s social media push for Brexit deal – Toby S James

17 11 2018

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The prime minister is on a mission to defend her Brexit deal. After a three-hour grilling from MPs on November 15, Theresa May came out fighting in a press conference, dismissing the idea that she would be ousted as Conservative Party leader. The next morning, she took callers’ questions about the draft Withdrawal Agreement on LBC radio. Read the rest of this entry »





Attention economy: Facebook delivers traffic but no money for news media – Merja Myllylahti

3 11 2018

File 20181031 76387 1asvvtp.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Facebook and quality journalism are uneasy companions. Recent headlines suggest the platform’s “lies” about video metrics “smashed” journalism and the platform “crashed and burned” news companies’ referral traffic after it changed its algorithm in January. Read the rest of this entry »





Take care with that social media duty of care – Graham Smith

23 10 2018

Should social media platforms be subject to a statutory duty of care, akin to occupiers’ liability or health and safety, with the aim of protecting against online harms? In a series of blogposts and evidence to the House of Lords Communications Committee William Perrin and Professor Lorna Woods suggest that the answer should be yes. Read the rest of this entry »