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    The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms?

The Global Alliance for Responsible Media: a silver bullet for tackling online harms?

Policy makers in the UK and elsewhere are grappling with how to address the spread of ‘harmful’ content online. Bertie Vidgen, a Research Associate at the Alan Turing Institute whose research focuses on detecting, analysing, and countering online hate speech in both news and social media, looks at an industry efforts to tackle problematic content and practices online and assesses whether […]

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    Beyond Conspiracy: the ties that bind Filipino Flat Earthers and populist supporters

Beyond Conspiracy: the ties that bind Filipino Flat Earthers and populist supporters

The relationship between disinformation and political propaganda is often a hazy and complex one. Here, JM Lanuza, Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, and Jonathan Corpus Ong, Associate Professor of Global Digital Media, University of Massachusetts, provide some insight based on their research into digital disinformation in the 2019 Philippine midterm election.

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    Bad News – a psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news

Bad News – a psychological ‘vaccine’ against fake news

How to tackle ‘fake news’ and the societal implications of misinformation are questions under consideration by policy makers, civil society, the tech industry and others. In this post, Cambridge University’s Sander van der Linden and Jon Roozenbeek present their answer: Bad News, a game based on the mechanics of fake news that applies insights from behavioural science to develop resistance amongst players to fake […]

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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 […]

‘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. 

Regulating problematic online content has become a […]