Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late’

20 Feb

Former Culture Committee chairman Damian Collins MP has slammed Facebook’s proposals for online content regulation as “too little, too late”. The social network’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg suggested online platforms should be incentivised to be more responsible by placing more accountability on them to moderate content. Under Facebook’s plan, a model agreed by regulators around … Continue reading “Ex-Culture Committee chairman slams Facebook regulation proposals as ‘too little too late'”

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Mark Zuckerberg shows support for online regulation even if it hurts Facebook in near term

18 Feb

Facebook has said it wants to work with governments on “new rules for the internet” as the social network published a set of recommendations for online content regulation. The tech giant has been at the centre of a debate about how internet firms should be made more accountable for the content that appears on their … Continue reading “Mark Zuckerberg shows support for online regulation even if it hurts Facebook in near term”

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Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns

7 Feb

Twitter has reported a rise in profits in 2019 while rival social network Facebook faced a rare loss last year. Twitter, the social media platform favoured by journalists, grew profits by a fifth to $1.46bn on revenues of £3.46bn for the year, new figures show. Chief executive Jack Dorsey said it had been a “great … Continue reading “Twitter and Google grow profits as Facebook slumps amid ‘fake news’ and privacy concerns”

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Twitter and Social Media Resources

7 Feb

@journtoolboxFollow the Journalist’s Toolbox on Twitter. SOCIAL GRAPHICS AND VIDEO CREATION TOOLS Note: This collection of tools came from several journalism instructors’ contributions to the ONA Educators Facebook page. Sprout Social: Guide to Social Media Image Sizes Over appiPhone or Android app that layers text over photos. PabloVery simple layered graphics. Adobe Spark PostCreate social […]

Facebook ‘fake news’ as bad now as during Brexit referendum, ex-Cambridge Analytica employee claims

28 Jan

The amount of fake news on Facebook is no better now than it was during the EU Referendum, a former Cambridge Analytica employee has suggested. Brittany Kaiser (pictured), previously business development director at the company, claimed UK citizens are still not safe from outside interference in elections. The self-styled data rights activist was visiting Parliament … Continue reading “Facebook ‘fake news’ as bad now as during Brexit referendum, ex-Cambridge Analytica employee claims”

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Brexit in GE2019 political advertising: an asset for some, a liability for others

24 Jan

Yes, Brexit was key to the 2019 General Election campaign – but it wasn’t all that voters wanted to hear about. Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) analyses Facebook advertising in the run-up to the vote and finds that while the issue proved an asset to the Conservatives and a liability to the Lib Dems, Labour … Continued

We need to talk about A/B testing: Brexit, attack ads and the election campaign

13 Nov

With the general election a month away, how are the parties targeting voters on Facebook with messages about Brexit? Tristan Hotham (University of Bath) explains how A/B testing is being used to identify the most effective campaign themes. Political parties using Facebook ads have a powerful capacity to hone their messages. Unlike in the past – where expensive and hard-to-organise […]

Social media transparency data is giving real time insight on party strategy at #GE2019

9 Nov

The upcoming general election is the first general election in the UK where social media companies are publishing transparency data, showing which political advertisements are being displayed on the platforms, who is paying for them, and the amounts being spent. Facebook is, by far, the largest platform for social media political advertisements in the UK. In the first full week of the campaign to the 4th of November, there was £175k of spending on campaign related advertisements on the platform, … Read more

Does the European Union’s online ad spending constitute foreign election interference?

31 Oct

Using documents obtained from the European Commission, I have sought to understand how the European Union is spending taxpayers’ money on online political ad spending and ask whether campaign spending to date has been sufficiently transparent, if it could have fallen foul of Britain’s election laws and whether it may constitute foreign election interference. What […]

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Brexit: democracy needs journalists to be transparent about their political sources

29 Oct

Twitter is more popular among Remainers – 18% of them get their news via 280 characters, as opposed to 10% of Leave voters. But, for other social networks, the differences are smaller and not statistically significant in most cases. The problems of polarisation – and of silos – are created by journalists and politicians themselves, write Meera Selva and Richard […]

The NI Department of Justice #EndingTheHarm campaign viewed over a million times on Snapchat in August 2019

19 Sep

Transparency data released this week by ephemeral messaging app Snapchat has shown that the NI Department of Justice #EndingTheHarm campaign made over a million impressions over an 18 day period last month. The campaign, part of the Tackling Paramilitarism programme, made 1,138,048 impressions over the course of the campaign. Of the 15 organizations who had political campaigns on the social network in the UK over the course of 2019 so far, it ranked 8th in terms of impressions behind Police … Read more