Internet giants such as Facebook and Twitter must be made accountable for content they publish | Letters

Ian Bartlett says the ruling that Uber is a transport company not a digital service could also change the way we view other digital giants; and Derek Wyatt suggests a post-Brexit Britain could create a Global Digital Foundation to address these issuesUber is officially a transport company and not a digital service, the European court of justice (ECJ) has now ruled (Report, 21 December), making it assume greater responsibility for its business methods and duty to employees and customers. In addition to emphasising the important role played by the ECJ in looking beyond national parochiality, may I suggest that the principles should now be examined in the wider context of online communication. The likes of Twitter, Google, Facebook and YouTube argue from a similar standpoint as Uber has done – namely that they are a mere platform, with limited or no responsibility for what happens as a result of their (lucrative) commercial activity. So death threats, instructions for bomb-making, abusive messages, sexting, hate mail and the like can be published with relative impunity under the “freedom of the internet” banner. I suggest these organisations are publishers, not mere platforms, and must therefore take greater responsibility for the content that they, well, publish. Just like newspapers and broadcasters. Yes, they may be scrabbling to increase the number of moderators and checkers to close stable doors, but that merely underlines the scale of the problem. If they and others... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

[ The Guardian | 2017-12-22 00:00:00 UTC ]
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How to finally bring Facebook to account | Letters

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[ The Guardian | 2019-04-04 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Digiday Research: Publishers rely on Facebook for paid content distribution

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Twitter tweaks Facebook with new issue ads policy that exempts publishers

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[ Digiday | 2018-08-30 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Facebook is playing nicer with publishers by easing up on ad and content restrictions

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Declining Facebook reach squeezes publishers’ branded-content business

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Giant advertiser Unilever threatens to pull its ads from Facebook and Google over 'toxic content'

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Facebook’s new branded-content guidelines will force some publishers to abandon a business model

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The Facebook execs who turn to Twitter for publisher charm offensive

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[ The Guardian | 2018-01-23 00:00:00 UTC ]
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Rupert Murdoch Wants Facebook to Pay Publishers a Fee for ‘Trusted’ News Content

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Rupert Murdoch wants Facebook to pay 'trusted' publishers for content

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