Category: Social Media

The Times: Anti-vaxxers on social media could ruin chance of an effective treatment

Article by Emma Yeomans and Tom Knowles for The Times - published 1 August 2020 Social media influencers and celebrities with millions of followers are boosting anti-vaccination messages worldwide, as more people say that they will not take a coronavirus vaccine. Politicians and experts have given warning that the rapid spread of misinformation about a Covid-19 […]

The motives of tech tycoons have been laid bare - now we must act

Article written for the Telegraph, published 30 July 2020 The lobby of the Marriott hotel at Westminster Bridge may seem like an unlikely setting for a significant act in the struggle by policy makers to expose the inner workings of the world's leading tech companies. It was here however, in 2018, that the House of […]

PoliticsHome: Freedom of reach is not the same as freedom of speech

Article by Eleanor Langford for PoliticsHome - published 29 July 2020 As MPs, journalists and concerned users boycott Twitter over its stance on hate speech, Eleanor Langford asks whether the Government can — and should — do more to clamp down on social media firms. Twitter was noticeably quieter this week as users logged off […]

Silicon Valley must deal with vaccine fake news- or face the consequences

Written for the Daily Telegraph - 7 July 2020 The public have had enough of the harms caused by social media companies and they're demanding tough action. Polling released last night by campaigning organisation the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) shows that the majority of the British public support both financial and criminal sanctions against […]

PR Week: Spreading harmful content on social media should be an offence like dumping chemicals in a river

Article by Arvind Hickman for PR Week UK - published 2 July 2020 The former chair of a parliamentary committee charged with investigating social-media platforms has called for the deliberate spreading of harmful content on social media to be criminalised, with users and social-media companies both legally liable. Damian Collins, MP for Folkestone and Hythe, […]

The Daily Telegraph: Pressure grows on Alan Rusbridger and other members of Facebook's oversight board to speak up

Article by James Cook for the Daily Telegraph - published 30 June 2020 Former Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and other members of Facebook's oversight board are under growing pressure to speak out as the social network battles claims of hate speech. The Supreme Court-style board-set up to rule on controversial ethical issues-has so far remained silent […]

The Daily Telegraph: The internet law that could be central to a US-UK trade deal

Article by James Titcombe for the Daily Telegraph - published 14 June 2020 History's most famous laws are often its shortest. The US constitution clocked in at just four pages; the 10 commandments on two stone tablets. And the internet, while it put an infinity of content at its users' fingertips, owes its current form […]

The Sun on Sunday: MP backs launch of free fact-checking service to counter coronavirus conspiracy theories sweeping the internet

Article by David Wooding and published 12 April 2020 An MP is backing a new way to counter coronavirus conspiracy theories sweeping the internet during lockdown. Tory Damian Collins is helping to launch a free fact-checking service to nail dangerous lies about the disease. One false rumour blamed mobile phone masts for spreading the virus and […]

BBC News: Call for apps to get fake Covid-19 news button

Article by David Molloy & Leo Kelion for BBC News - published 9 April 2020 Social networks need a dedicated button to flag up bogus coronavirus-related posts, an advocacy group has said. The Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) said the apps had "missed a trick" in combating the problem. The call coincides with a […]

PoliticsHome: Culture Secretary slams TV station for promoting ‘lunatic conspiracy theories’ after David Icke coronavirus interview

Article by Alain Tolhurst for PoliticsHome - published 9 April 2020 Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has called on the broadcast watchdog to take action against a TV station for allowing David Icke to promote “lunatic conspiracy theories” about the coronavirus pandemic. London Live has come under fire for giving the former BBC presenter - who has […]

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