How to regulate Facebook and the online giants in one word: transparency – George Brock

19 10 2017

File 20171016 31002 qye930.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1Demands to regulate hi-tech companies like Google, Facebook and Apple are being heard at deafening pitch almost every day. This rush by the political herd on both sides of the Atlantic to make new laws (or to enforce the breakup of these corporations) is no better focused or thought-out than the extraordinary degree of latitude which the same political classes were prepared to allow the same online platforms only a couple of years ago. Read the rest of this entry »





After the ‘Facebook Files’, the social media giant must be more transparent – Nicolas Suzor

28 05 2017

Most people on Facebook have probably seen something they wish they hadn’t, whether it be violent pictures or racist comments. The Conversation How the social media giant decides what is and isn’t acceptable is often a mystery. Internal content guidelines, recently published in The Guardian, offer new insight into the mechanics of Facebook content moderation.
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Facebook’s Frankenstein’s Monster: freedom of expression and the problem with fake news and violent and sexual content – Peter Coe

24 05 2017

Nick Hopkins’ recent Guardian article on Facebook’s policies on violent and sexual content has, once again, brought the right to freedom of expression and the role of social media platforms under scrutiny. Read the rest of this entry »





We Need a New Regulatory Framework to Protect Democracy in the Age of Social Media – Susie Alegre

7 05 2017

Over the past two years we have seen a stream of dramatic elections in the UK and beyond.  Issues like fake news and the use of social media for political campaigning have been of increasing concern to those trying to understand how our democracies are changing.  Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s ‘fake news’ plan is doomed to failure: social media must do more to counter disinformation – Tom Felle

13 04 2017

Fake news has become an important focus for news foundations, democratic interest groups and various journalism academics and researchers, following claims that the US presidential elections may have been influenced by anti-Clinton propaganda created by Russia and shared on social networks. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





News: Stocker v Stocker, Defendant given permission to appeal in Facebook libel case

6 04 2017

On 5 April 2017, Lady Justice Arden gave Nicola Stocker permission to appeal the judgment of Mr Justice Mitting dated 3 March 2016 ([2016] EWHC 474 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





We need European regulation of Facebook and Google – Leighton Andrews

23 12 2016

google-and-facebookOver the weekend, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations. Read the rest of this entry »