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Why Facebook and other social media companies need to be reined in – Kaitlynn Mendes, Jacquelyn Burkell, Jane Bailey, Valerie Steeves

In September, the Wall Street Journal released the Facebook Files. Drawing on thousands of documents leaked by whistle blower and former employee Frances Haugen, the Facebook Files show that the company knows their practices harm young people, but fails to act, choosing corporate profit over public good. Continue reading

Case Law, Strasbourg: Sanchez v France, Politician fined for failing to delete Facebook hate speech, no violation of Article 10

In the case of Sanchez v France [2021] ECHR 724 (available only in French) the Fifth Section of the Court of Human Rights held that the conviction of a politician for failing to promptly delete unlawful comments published by third parties on the public wall of his Facebook account did not breach his Article 10 rights despite his apparent lack of knowledge of the comments. Continue reading

Social Media: What caused the unprecedented Facebook outage? The few clues point to a problem from within – David Tuffley

Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance. In a blog post, Downdetector.com, a major monitoring service for online outages, called it the largest global outage it had ever recorded — with 10.6 million reports from around the world. Continue reading

Australia: The News Media Bargaining Code, Recent responses – Craig Xu

The News Media Bargaining Code is a piece of legislation drafted by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in early 2020 for the purpose of supporting local Australian news and journalism businesses. It is supposed to serve as a balance of powers between large global social media companies such as Facebook, Google, etc and Australian businesses such as SBS, ABC, Nine, etc. Continue reading

The Power of Softness, The Trump Decision of the Facebook Oversight Board – Judit Bayer

On 7 January 2021, Facebook suspended the account of Donald Trump, President of the United States for an indefinite period. The long-awaited decision of the Facebook Oversight Board on the suspension of Donald Trump’s account resembles the judgment of Solomon: it divided the question into two, and upheld the first part, rolling the second part back to Facebook. Continue reading

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