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 »





Australia: We should levy Facebook and Google to fund journalism, here’s how – Ben Eltham

20 05 2017

There was a fascinating moment towards the end of Wednesday’s hearings of the Senate Inquiry into the Future of Public Interest Journalism. The Conversation 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 »





Regional newspapers can thrive again if they go back to their community role – Rachel Matthews

16 05 2017

Local newspapers are contradictory things. They are dismissed as “rags” and yet their familiar names are are part of the glue which holds communities together. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Fake news, echo chambers and filter bubbles: under researched and over hyped – William H Dutton

11 05 2017

In the early years of the internet, it was revolutionary to have a world of information just a click away from anyone, anywhere, anytime. Many hoped this inherently democratic technology could lead to better-informed citizens more easily participating in debate, elections and public discourse. Read the rest of this entry »





Prince Philip retires … with a final masterclass in media manipulation – Laura Clancy

5 05 2017

Buckingham Palace’s announcement that Prince Philip is retiring in the autumn is a masterclass in triggering media spectacle. Media industries around the world instantly went into meltdown over what is actually a fairly minor revelation: a 96-year-old man will retire. Read the rest of this entry »