Category: Social Media

The Daily Telegraph: Online harms laws in danger of being watered down in US trade talks, Government warned

Article by Mike Wright for the Daily Telegraph - published 12 January 2021 Online harms laws are at risk of being watered down in US trade negotiations, two former culture secretaries have warned the Government. Jeremy Wright and Karen Bradley have put their names to a letter calling on Liz Truss, the International Trade Secretary, to […]

The Daily Telegraph: Social media crackdown is inevitable after Trump ban, ex-Culture ministers say

Article by Hannah Boland for the Daily Telegraph - published 11 January 2020 Social media firms can no longer shun responsibility for what is posted on their sites after banning Donald Trump and face an inevitable crackdown, former digital ministers have said. Companies including Twitter, Facebook and Snap last week took action to silence the […]

The Times: Donald Trump’s social media ban prompts questions over regulation

Article by Jack Malvern for The Times - published 11 January 2021 The decision by social media giants to ban President Trump raises a “very big question” over how they are regulated, Matt Hancock has said. Twitter, Facebook and Instagram blocked Mr Trump’s accounts after his supporters stormed the US Capitol last week. Mr Hancock, the health […]

Social media failed in duty of care over Capitol Hill riot

Article written for the Times - published 8 January 2021 We should be shocked at the scenes in Washington DC, of protesters storming the Capitol building in order to try and stop Congress from validating the election of Joe Biden to be the next president. These are appalling scenes and an attack on a fair […]

MailOnline: Privacy row over Facebook plans to shift oversight of British users' data to the US after Brexit amid fears it could make it easier for American intelligence agencies to spy on them

Article by Mark Duell and Martin Robinson for MailOnline - published 15 December 2020 Facebook should not be trusted with protecting UK users when their data is moved to its US headquarters after Brexit because the social network is more interested in profits than privacy, a leading Tory told MailOnline today. Damian Collins, former chairman […]

KentOnline: MP Damian Collins blasts anti-vaccine campaigners for spreading disinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine

Article by Sam Williams for KentOnline - published 9 December 2020 Fears have been raised over how disinformation being spread on social media could dissuade some people from taking the record-breaking Covid-19 vaccine. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, says it will be 'a matter of personal choice' whether people accept the vaccine or not, but he hopes […]

Bureau of Investigative Journalism: Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull UK investment in secret meeting with Matt Hancock

Article by Matthew Chapman for the Bureau of Investigative Journalism - published 8 December 2020 Mark Zuckerberg threatened to pull Facebook’s investment from the UK in a private meeting with Matt Hancock, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal. The minutes, from May 2018, show that an obsequious Hancock was eager to please, offering “a […]

The Guardian: TikTok investigating videos promoting starvation and anorexia

Article by Sarah Marsh for The Guardian - published 7 December 2020 TikTok has launched an investigation and banned some search terms after the Guardian found harmful pro-anorexia content was still easily searchable despite measures taken by the social media company to prohibit the advertising of weight-loss products. The video app – one of the […]

CNN: Facebook blasted over anti-vax content by UK lawmaker

Article by Brian Fung for CNN Business - published 2 December 2020 A British member of Parliament blasted Facebook on Wednesday over its handling of anti-vaccine content and warned that the social media platform risks undermining Covid-19 vaccines just as vaccination programs are getting underway.  “Today in the UK, the Pfizer vaccine has received regulatory approval and the […]

The Telegraph: Backlash gathers over Amazon passing on its digital services tax

Article by Hannah Boland for the Telegraph - published 14 October 2020 Britain's digital levy has "failed" in getting the likes of Amazon to pay more into UK coffers, and ministers must "go back to the drawing board", MPs have said. The comments follow a report in the Times that officials had admitted that Amazon […]

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