Social Media: the Free Speech Paradox – Patrick George

29 05 2018

People have been surprised by the freedom with which they can use social media and say exactly what they think.  Uninhibited, unrestrained and carefree commentary can be seen on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook at any time of day. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

27 05 2018

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Online news trolls not as bad as we think – Maite Taboada

13 05 2018

File 20180504 166910 lbovv4.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Toxicity online seems pervasive. We encounter and hear about all manner of obscene language, insults and slurs. Some of it even comes from U.S. President Donald Trump. Much of his long list of attacks against people, places and things has been unfurled online. Read the rest of this entry »





Germany’s legal crackdown on social media: four misconceptions dispelled – Stefan Theil

11 05 2018

File 20180508 5968 1nq2wth.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Germany’s infamous network enforcement law – which seeks to more heavily regulate social media – came into force at the start of 2018 to almost unanimous criticism. Read the rest of this entry »





How to ‘break up‘ Facebook – Damian Tambini

9 05 2018

In a recent article Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation he expands on this theme. Read the rest of this entry »





Cambridge Analytica’s closure is a pyrrhic victory for data privacy – Ivan Manokha

5 05 2018

Just 46 days after revelations that Cambridge Analytica harvested millions of Facebook profiles to predict and influence voters in the US election and Brexit referendum, the data analytics company has announced it will close. So too will its parent company, SCL Elections. Read the rest of this entry »