Spain’s freedom of speech repression is no joke – Federico López-Terra

17 04 2017

For the most part, social media users in democracies are free to express their opinions online. In Spain, however, that’s not the case. The Conversation

Cassandra Vera, a 21-year-old student from the city of Murcia in the south-east of Spain, has been sentenced to a year in prison, and disqualified from public functions for seven years, after making jokes on Twitter that “glorified terrorism”. 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 »





How Twitter Works – Appendix to the Judgment in Monroe v Hopkins

12 03 2017

This is the Appendix to the Judgment in Monroe v Hopkins, handed down on 10 March 2017.  It provides a very useful short summary of the workings of Twitter for those who are unfamiliar with the way in which it operates. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law: Jack Monroe v Katie Hopkins, Success for claimant in Twitter libel case – Nathan Capone

11 03 2017

Food blogger and political activist Jack Monroe has won a defamation claim against Katie Hopkins in respect of two tweets published on Twitter (see the Inforrm case preview). Ms Monroe was awarded £24,000 in damages.  Judgment was handed down by Warby J on 10 March 2017 ([2017] EWHC 433 (QB)), Read the rest of this entry »





Your next social network could pay you for posting – Jelena Dzakula

7 02 2017

moneyYou may well have found this article through Facebook. An algorithm programmed by one of the world’s biggest companies now partially controls what news reaches 1.8 billion people. And this algorithm has come under attack for censorship, political bias and for creating bubbles that prevent people from encountering ideas they don’t already agree with. Read the rest of this entry »





Australia: lnternet publication, liability and context – Dr David Rolph

4 02 2017

gazetteThe recent Victorian Court of Appeal judgment involving Google illustrates the complexity inherent in applying defamation law to internet publication … Sydney media law academic Dr David Rolph explains why context is paramount.

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Internet legal developments to look out for in 2017 – Graham Smith

22 01 2017

internetA preview of some of the UK internet legal developments that we can expect in 2017. Any proposed EU legislation will be subject to Brexit considerations and so may never happen in the UK. Read the rest of this entry »