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 »





News: Stocker v Stocker, Defendant given permission to appeal in Facebook libel case

6 04 2017

On 5 April 2017, Lady Justice Arden gave Nicola Stocker permission to appeal the judgment of Mr Justice Mitting dated 3 March 2016 ([2016] EWHC 474 (QB)). Read the rest of this entry »





We need European regulation of Facebook and Google – Leighton Andrews

23 12 2016

google-and-facebookOver the weekend, Facebook sent me a link to a video they had made of my activity on their site over the last year. To my mind, that was more proof, if any were needed, that Facebook is a media company, despite all its protestations. Read the rest of this entry »





Case Law, Australia: Heather Reid v Stan Dukic, $180,000 damages for nine Facebook posts – Yvonne Kux

7 12 2016

gazetteIn the case of Reid v Dukic [2016] ACTSC 344, a man who posted a series of Facebook posts defaming the chief executive of a Canberra football organisation has been ordered to pay her damages of $180,000. Read the rest of this entry »





Three ways Facebook could reduce fake news without resorting to censorship – Jennifer Stromer-Galley,

4 12 2016

p6fq8vxn-1480617685The public gets a lot of its news and information from Facebook. Some of it is fake. That presents a problem for the site’s users, and for the company itself. Read the rest of this entry »





Facebook’s algorithms give it more editorial responsibility, not less – Ansgar Koene

16 09 2016

facebookRecent criticism of Facebook for removing a post containing the iconic image of a naked girl during the Vietnam War isn’t the first time it has been accused of censorship. Yet at the same time, it is regularly rebuked for failing to remove quickly enough hateful, illegal or inappropriate material, most recently by the German government. Read the rest of this entry »





Data protection through the lens of competition law: will Germany lead the way? – Inge Graef and Brendan Van Alsenoy

24 03 2016

germany-1177268_1920_fullOn 2 March 2016, the Bundeskartellamt, the German competition authority announced its decision to initiate proceedings against Facebook on suspicion that the social network provider had abused its dominant position by infringing data protection rules.  This case represents the first attempt by a European competition authority to integrate data protection interests into competition analysis, and raises interesting questions about the interface between these two areas of law. Read the rest of this entry »