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 »





Case Law, Australia: Bolton v Stoltenberg, Facebook libel award of $100,000, An excess of unreasonableness – Stephen Murray

20 10 2018

Facebook attack on Mayor of Narrabri … $100,000 damages … Whether posts had been published … Extent of readership … Defences of common law and statutory qualified privilege rejected … No malice, just “stupidity, bias and carelessness” … Injunction … “Liking” is not the same as publishing a post … Stephen Murray reports. Read the rest of this entry »





Book Review: Anti-social media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy – Oscar Davies

27 09 2018

In his new book, Anti-Social Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy Siva Vaidhyanathan lays out why Facebook may be good for some people, but not good for democracy as a whole.

The book is divided into sections delineating the ways in which we can look at  Facebook: as a pleasure machine, a surveillance machine, an attention machine, a benevolence machine, a protest machine, a politics machine or a disinformation machine. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook begins to shift from being a free and open platform into a responsible public utility – Anjana Susarla

28 08 2018

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When Facebook recently removed several accounts for trying to influence the 2018 midterm elections, it was the company’s latest move acknowledging the key challenge facing the social media giant: It is both an open platform for free expression of diverse viewpoints and a public utility on which huge numbers of people – and democracy itself – rely for accurate information. Read the rest of this entry »





House of Lords Communications Committee Inquiry “The Internet: to regulate or not to regulate?”, An overview of the evidence, Part 1 – Oscar Davies

15 07 2018

The House of Lords Communications Committee has launched an inquiry into how the regulation of the internet should be improved.  Oral and Written evidence has been provided to the Committee by a very wide range of companies, NGOs and individuals from a variety of perspectives.   Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Luxembourg, Facebook “Fan Page” case, administrator held to be data controller and jurisdictional issues clarified – Sara Mansoori

11 07 2018

In an important decision the CJEU has found that the administrator of a Facebook ‘fan page’ was a joint data controller with Facebook Ireland and Facebook Inc, and that a German data protection supervisory authority is competent to assess the lawfulness of data processing carried out by Facebook Germany, applying German data protection law. 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 »