Automated censorship is not the answer to extremism

The UK’s Home Affairs Select Committee released a report yesterday following its inquiry into hate crime, in which it criticised social media companies’ handling of illegal content. The report recommends, for example, that the government considers introducing “meaningful” fines for social media companies which fail to remove illegal content within a strict timeframe. Jim Killock, executive director of the […]

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’.


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    Disrupting the digital giants – advertisers and traditional media push back

Disrupting the digital giants – advertisers and traditional media push back

The downside of digital giants like Facebook and Google includes the increase in fake news, political polarisation, the dumbing down of debate and the long-term decline in print journalism as newspapers lose readers and advertising to these platforms. But a combination of problems with digital advertising – fraud, mismeasurement, and programmatic ad placement on undesirable sites – means that […]

We need European regulation of Facebook and Google

Facebook has recently come under significant scrutiny for its perceived role in the US election as a conduit for fake news and hate speech, and is currently advertising for a head of news partnerships, presumably intended to tackle such issues. As Facebook has always maintained that its is a platform rather than a media company, it is difficult to […]

The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems

Since the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, but last week DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and media […]

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    Liability and responsibility: new challenges for Internet intermediaries

Liability and responsibility: new challenges for Internet intermediaries

Monica Horten, a visiting fellow at the LSE, argues for clarification on proposals regarding Internet intermediaries’ liability for content, and for an appropriate balance to be struck between the different interests involved. This post is based on her paper for the Center for Democracy and Technology on Content ‘responsibility’: The looming cloud of uncertainty for internet intermediaries.

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Facebook is a new breed of editor: a social editor

Facebook’s approach to allowing, censoring or prioritising content that appears in the news feed has recently been the focus of much attention, both media and governmental. Professor Natali Helberger of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam argues that we need to seek to understand the new kind of editorial role that Facebook is playing, in […]

Responsible Communication by Internet Intermediaries

Marcelo Thompson, Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Faculty of Law, proposes an efforts-based approach to Internet intermediary liability. This blogpost is one of a series reflecting discussions held at the LSE on 8 July 2016 as part of a Media Policy Project workshop on “Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks”, a summary of which will be available […]

Digital Dominance: forget the ‘digital’ bit

John Naughton, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at Cambridge University and Observer columnist, reflects on the workshop on “Digital Dominance: Implications and Risks” held by the LSE Media Policy Project on 8 July, 2016. More blog posts from the workshop, and a summary of the event’s proceedings, will be published […]

Brexit and the Media: A Fair Fight?

Following the recent referendum on whether or not the United Kingdom should remain part of the European Union, Founding Director of the LSE Media Policy Project, Damian Tambini, reflects on the role of new and traditional media in the Brexit debate.

A predictable ‘blame the media’ theme has surfaced following the Brexit vote. This has taken two forms that seem […]