Category: Social Media

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 […]

MailOnline: Facebook critics roll out alternative Oversight Board to put the social media platform's moderation decisions under public scrutiny

Article by Dan Avery and Stacey Liberatore for MailOnline The day after Facebook announced it will launch its Oversight Board in October to determine what's allowed on the site, critics launched their own alternative. The Citizens, a UK nonprofit, unveiled the 'Real Facebook Oversight Board' on Friday to address the social media giant's policies and […]

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 […]

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