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 »

Online abuse on Facebook and Twitter can’t be solved by regulation alone – Laura Bliss

20 12 2017

File 20171218 27547 tw7t6o.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The severity of abuse conducted online during 2017’s general election has brought the issue into sharp focus for politicians, some of whom have urged the prime minister to legislate against Facebook, Twitter and Google to make them liable for content posted on their sites. Read the rest of this entry »

Social networking sites may be controlling your mind: here’s how to take charge – Simon McCarthy-Jones

12 12 2017
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How can you live the life you want to, avoiding the distractions and manipulations of others? To do so, you need to know how you work. “Know thyself”, the Ancients urged. Sadly, we are often bad at this. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »