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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Virtual doorstep: journalists, social media and the victims of tragedy – Glenda Cooper

26 05 2017

Some of the most powerful stories about the atrocity in Manchester have been told online: whether pictures of the missing, the videos taken in the aftermath or the hashtags such as #roomformanchester or #acityunited showing the city’s resilience. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





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 »





Electioneering in the social media age – Sharon Coen

19 05 2017

File 20170517 24325 1sse1htBritain is engaged in a General Election contest and once again political parties are investing money, time and energy in their online presence. The Tories are ploughing cash into Instagram adverts and Labour is doing its best to keep up. 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 »





Automated censorship is not the answer to extremism: unbalanced Home Affairs Committee recommendations threaten free expression – Jim Killock

3 05 2017

The report by the Home Affairs Select Committee  published on 1 May 2017 brands social media companies as behaving irresponsibly in failing to remove extremist material. Read the rest of this entry »





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 »