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    How social media companies are tackling anti-vaccination misinformation

How social media companies are tackling anti-vaccination misinformation

LSE’s Emma Goodman discusses the risks of anti-vaccination content on social media, and how the tech companies are addressing it. This article is a response to a workshop organised earlier this month by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) on ‘Vaccines, information and social media’. 

The problem

It’s not the only health issue to be subject to misinformation online, but […]

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    The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation

The Online Harms White Paper: its approach to disinformation, and the challenges of regulation

A new Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport and the Home Office, calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. In brief, the paper (which outlines government proposals for consultation in advance of passing new legislation) calls for an […]

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    The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

The DCMS Select Committee’s proposals for social media regulation: would they work?

A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to consider the need for a social media regulator of some kind. Various reports have weighed in on this issue, most recently the final report from the UK House of Commons DCMS Select Committee’s inquiry into Disinformation […]

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    Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

Protection of children online: does current regulation deliver?

More children are going online, more frequently, via more devices and services, at ever-younger ages. The internet and accompanying technological developments offer huge opportunities for children, but they also pose risks to minors’ safety, wellbeing and rights. Despite new and revised legislation, a policy brief published today argues that the current European legislative framework is insufficient. Two of the […]

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    The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

The evolving conversation around fake news and potential solutions

Fake news, its causes and what to do about are some of the key issues that we plan to address as part of the LSE Commission on Truth, Trust and Technology that we will launch later this year. The Commission will examine the wider crisis in the quality and credibility of information in the digital age. Fake news isn’t new, […]

How has media policy responded to fake news?

This is the first post in our blog series on “fake news”. In this series of posts, we provide an overview of the issue of “fake news” and what can be done about it.

Last week, the UK House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee  launched an inquiry into ‘fake news’ which the Committee chair describes as a “threat […]

Press regulation post Leveson – where are we now?

Today, 25 October, the Press Regulation Panel is expected to make a decision on whether or not to recognise Impress as an approved regulator of the UK press. A recognised regulator would clear the way to commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, and activate the exemplary damages provision.  The Media Policy Project’s Emma Goodman explains […]

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    Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures?

Transparency of media ownership: a first step towards media plurality measures?

Just as the European Commission held a seminar in Brussels to exchange best practices on transparency of media ownership on 3 October, a new report found that in many European countries, citizens were unable to establish who owns or controls the media operating in their country. At the EC event and in the report a clear link is made […]