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‘Real news’ may be doing more harm than ‘fake news’

Since 2016, concerns about ‘fake news’ have reached new heights. But what is the actual impact of online misinformation on audience’s political knowledge and attitudes? The LSE’s Rodolfo Leyva recently completed two experimental studies: one looking at the effects of fake news stories on voter support for US presidential election candidates, and one testing the effects of conservative newspapers […]

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    Challenges of content moderation: addressing the knowledge gap

Challenges of content moderation: addressing the knowledge gap

France and other countries (including Germany and the United Kingdom) are currently investing efforts in attempting to regulate the moderation of harmful content on social media platforms. If such initiatives are often supported by public authorities, they are the source of heated debates regarding their potential impact for freedom of expression. In an interview with French public policy think […]

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    Revenge pornography and online hate content: the evidence underpinning calls for regulating online harms in the UK

Revenge pornography and online hate content: the evidence underpinning calls for regulating online harms in the UK

The consultation on the Online Harms White Paper, published jointly by the UK government’s Department for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS) and the Home Office, closes on July 1. It calls for a new system of regulation for tech companies with the goal of preventing online harm. Julia Davidson and Sonia Livingstone were part of a group commissioned by DCMS […]

Misinformation and the school curriculum: Five key challenges and how we should promote digital literacy

As governments seek to tackle misinformation and other problems posed by the digital age, digital (or media) literacy is often cited as a significant part of any solution, and the UK government’s White Paper on Online Harms (consultation closing on July 1) has proposed the development of an online media literacy strategy. Gianfranco Polizzi, a PhD researcher here at the LSE, […]

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    The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany

The surprising post-election debate around online freedom of expression in Germany

In the recent EU elections, Germany’s two major political players CDU (the centre-right Christian Democratic Union) and SPD (the centre-left Social Democratic Party) incurred historic losses, losing 7.4 and 11.5 percentage points respectively. In this post, Nora Kroeger, PhD researcher at the LSE, discusses how the aftermath of the elections has brought about a curious debate around the regulation […]

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    The problems with Ethiopia’s proposed hate speech and misinformation law

The problems with Ethiopia’s proposed hate speech and misinformation law

In April, the Ethiopian government published a draft law that aims to tackle hate speech and disinformation in the country. Here Halefom H. Abraha, a PhD candidate and Marie Curie research fellow at the University of Malta, analyses the proposed law, which he believes is highly problematic and raises more questions than it answers. 

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    Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Germany proposes Europe’s first diversity rules for social media platforms

Tighter regulation of social media and other online services in now under discussion in several European countries, as well as in the UK where the government has released a white paper outlining its proposed approach to tackling online harm. Here, Professor Natali Helberger, Paddy Leerssen and Max Van Drunen from the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam […]

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    What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet regulation

What the U.K.’s Online Harms white paper teaches us about internet 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 harms, including disinformation, cyberbullying, extremist content, and advocacy of self-harm. Here, Canadian academics Blayne Haggart, Brock University and Natasha Tusikov, York […]

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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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    Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

Keeping consumers safe online: regulation of online platforms

A Government white paper from DCMS and the Home Office on internet safety is anticipated in the coming weeks, and is expected to propose a plan for regulation of online platforms. Mark Bunting, a member of Communications Chambers and author of Keeping Consumers Safe Online: Legislating for platform accountability for online content, considers here what sort of regulatory framework we need. Our […]