The new German social media law: a risk worth taking? An ‘extended look’ – Stefan Theil

20 02 2018

The German Gesetz zur Verbesserung der Rechtsdurchsetzung in sozialen Netzwerken (Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz) (literally: Law on the improvement of law enforcement in social networks and known as ‘NetzDG’) has attracted much media attention, e.g. here and here, since fully entering into force on 1 January 2018. Read the rest of this entry »





Social media content moderation and removal policies: Some rare insights – Yair Cohen

16 02 2018

Last week, together with some of the leading U.S internet law lawyers and academics I attended a unique event at Santa Clara University Law School, California, where for the first time in the history of the internet tech companies’ legal leaders and policy experts gathered together for a day of panels on content moderation and removal. Read the rest of this entry »





Margaret Atwood: tried on social media, convicted by the press – Sharon Coen

30 01 2018

File 20180122 46244 j6xv91.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The struggling economics of news organisations these days means that it’s cheap to report debates and controversies taking place on social media and so these rows, especially when they involve well-known people, get more prominent coverage in newspapers and news bulletins than they deserve. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s newsfeed changes: a disaster or an opportunity for news publishers? – Charlie Beckett

24 01 2018

Social media and digital executives in newsrooms already have a tough job connecting their content to consumers via social media, but Facebook’s proposed changes in the algorithms of its ‘newsfeed’ are going to make it a lot harder. Social networks offer immense opportunities for reaching vast new audiences and increasing the engagement of users with journalism. The most important platform in the world is about to make that more difficult. Read the rest of this entry »





Vlogger Chrissy Chambers secures damages in revenge porn settlement – Iain Wilson

21 01 2018

In a widely-reported settlement, the American vlogger Chrissy Chambers has recovered damages from her former British boyfriend – anonymised in the High Court proceedings as “DCR”. Read the rest of this entry »





Landmark revenge porn cases are a stark warning for perpetrators and social media companies – Alan Reid

19 01 2018
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A recent brace of revenge porn civil cases in the UK – which in one instance led to the complainant agreeing to a settlement deal with Facebook and, separately, a YouTube star winning substantial damages – have put on notice potential perpetrators and social media sites. Read the rest of this entry »





2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation – Damian Tambini

9 01 2018

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. Read the rest of this entry »