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DCMS “Fake News” Report – time for a new approach?

Dr Damian Tambini welcomes the Select Committee on Digital, Culture Media and Sport’s interim report on “fake news”, but argues that the issues it has uncovered cannot be effectively dealt with by a Parliamentary Committee.

Unfortunately the Fake News report was leaked by Dominic Cummings in a cynical attempt to personalise, delegitimise, and thus derail an important policy discussion. What […]

How to ‘break up‘ Facebook

In an article published last week Damian Tambini suggested that it may at some point in the future be necessary to ‘break up’ Facebook. Following further discussion during the House of Lords Inquiry on Internet Regulation this week he expands on this theme.

I suggested that a first stage could be behavioral rules designed to separate out different functions within […]

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies begin to confront misinformation

2018 will be the year in which liberal democracies are forced to confront misinformation, predicts Damian Tambini. Emmanuel Macron has already proposed a crackdown on fake news during election campaigns. This will blow open the fundamental tensions between freedom of speech and the accountability of Facebook and Google. It means regulation, and the rethinking of a system that evolved to accommodate print […]

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    Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Will Karen Bradley Refer SKY-FOX to the Competition and Markets Authority?

Anyone with evidence about whether the proposed Sky-Fox merger will operate against the public interest had until Friday 14 July to submit it to the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. If nothing changes, argues Damian Tambini, Bradley will be tempted to take advantage of parliamentary recess and approve the deal.

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The final days of Labour’s Facebook GE2017 campaign

One of the reasons for Labour’s surprising performance in this year’s general election has been said to be voter turnout – which, at 68.7%, reached its highest level since 1997. An analysis by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and João Carlos Magalhães suggests that a shift in the party’s Facebook advertising strategy in the last 48  hours of the campaign might be one […]

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    Is the Conservative Party deliberately distributing fake news in attack ads on Facebook?

Is the Conservative Party deliberately distributing fake news in attack ads on Facebook?

The Conservative Party made clear that they would run an anti-Corbyn campaign, attempting to contrast the alleged weaknesses of the leader of the Labour Party with Theresa May’s supposedly superior leadership. An analysis of Tories’ Facebook advertising by LSE researchers Damian Tambini, Nick Anstead and  João Carlos Magalhães suggests that this negative campaign included specific instances of demonstrably false or misleading information.

This […]

Who benefits from using the term ‘fake news’?

‘Fake news’ is a topic that dominates many current debates in academia, politics, and the tech world. In his new media policy brief ‘Fake news : public policy responses’, Damian Tambini illustrates the challenges of finding regulatory solutions to the ‘fake news’ phenomenon. The following excerpt from the brief clarifies who exactly benefits from using the term ‘fake news’.


Why […]

Online Campaigning – Averting a Crisis

In the past decade, digital platforms and social networks have significantly changed how election campaigning works. But does campaign regulation keep up with this change? In this post, Damian Tambini illustrates which consequences have to be drawn from the shift towards digital campaigning.

We need an in-depth, independent, research driven, evidence-based review of the role of social media in political […]

April 1st, 2017|Featured|1 Comment|

How advertising fuels fake news

In this second post in our blog series on “fake news”, Damian Tambini illustrates the underlying structures of the online advertising industry that make fake news lucrative.

One of the questions in the UK Parliament’s inquiry into “fake news” asks: “Have changes in the selling and placing of advertising encouraged the growth of fake news, for example by making it […]

Where now for media reform in the UK?

The biggest issue for media policy in the UK in 2017 is Brexit, and during the coming months this blog will feature a number of posts on that topic as the government’s Article 50 strategy becomes more clear. In this first post of the year, Damian Tambini looks instead at some of the purely domestic issues that will dominate […]