Donald Trump’s attacks on social media threaten the free speech rights of all Americans – Eliza Bechtold

2 06 2020

Given that US president Donald Trump appears to use Twitter almost instinctively, his recent attacks on the platform may seem counterintuitive. But his feud with Twitter is another example of the ways in which the president has routinely distorted the principles of the First Amendment in order to undermine the very freedoms he claims to be championing – as well as American democracy more broadly. Read the rest of this entry »





Trump’s Twitter tantrum may wreck the internet – Michael Douglas

29 05 2020

US President Donald Trump, who tweeted more than 11,000 times in the first two years of his presidency, is very upset with Twitter. Earlier this week Trump tweeted complaints about mail-in ballots, alleging voter fraud – a familiar Trump falsehood. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter Cannot Keep Hiding Behind Blanket Anonymity – Stephen Kinsella

7 04 2020

The use of anonymous Twitter accounts was considered by a committee in the House of Lords last week, which examined how the social media giant’s “practices and policies affect UK democracy”. Read the rest of this entry »





Analysis shows horrifying extent of abuse sent to women MPs via Twitter – Susan Watson

16 11 2019

The approach of a rare December election in the UK has many campaigners feeling chills. What misery awaits them on the dark, cold streets as they try to convince voters to support their party? My preliminary research reveals that the women who bid for political office over the next six weeks have more to worry about than sore feet and aggressive dogs. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter’s ban on political ads does change the game in one – Liam Mcloughlin

6 11 2019

Twitter has announced that it is banning paid-for political adverts, just as the UK enters a general election, saying that the reach of political messages “should be earned, not bought”. Read the rest of this entry »





Twitter is right to have special rules for Donald Trump: it’s recognising that not all tweets are equal – Fabienne Peter

23 07 2019

Twitter recently decided that rule-breaking tweets from influential politicians would be hidden behind a warning. Journalists were quick to label the new policy the “Trump rule”. But it wasn’t long before the rule was put to the test and found lacking. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Grayling v North, Brexiteer ordered to pay philosopher £20,000 in libel damages for paedophile tweet – Iain Wilson

9 03 2019

Peter North, former UKIP parliamentary candidate and founder of the Brexit-supporting Leave Alliance, has been ordered to pay philosopher and academic AC Grayling £20,000 in libel damages after tweeting an allegation that Professor Grayling was in possession of child pornography. Read the rest of this entry »





Three ways Facebook and other social media companies could clean up their acts: if they wanted to – Anthony M. Nadler and Matthew Crain

9 12 2018

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Facebook is in crisis mode, but the company can take major steps to fix itself – and the global community it says it wants to promote. Facebook founder, CEO and majority shareholder Mark Zuckerberg need not wait for governments to impose regulations. If he and other industry leaders wanted to, they could make meaningful changes fairly quickly. Read the rest of this entry »





United States: Federal judge rules Trump’s Twitter account is a public forum – Clay Calvert

27 05 2018

File 20180524 51135 12psfdb.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1A federal judge in New York has ruled that President Donald Trump cannot block people from following or viewing his @realDonaldTrump Twitter account. While the case will likely be appealed and could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, the decision is a resounding victory for the First Amendment right of citizens to speak to and disagree with government officials in the social media era. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: “Heroic” or just plain risky? Twitter’s approach to proceedings backfires – Simon Johnson and Freda Chan

20 10 2017
Recent Court-ordered Twitter takedown involving an anonymous tweeter has some interesting lessons, particularly for “foreign” online platforms …  Simon Johnson and Freda Chan look at the judgment and its implications.

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