EU pressure mounts on social media giants to remove illegal material

Facing growing concern about the destructive impact of “fake news”, internet giants Facebook, Twitter, and Google joined more than 20 tech firms at a series of meetings in Brussels over the past week. On 9 January, five European Commissioners, including those in charge of home affairs, justice, and digital legislation, attended a meeting with CEOs…

SGTReport feels the pain of YouTube, Google crackdown

Was it only a week or so ago that we were discussing the potential power of advertisers to help the major social media platforms see the error of their ways in promoting hoaxes and so-called “fake news”? At that time, we noted a growing trend toward advertisers pulling their accounts from sites like YouTube and…

Why we need to stop calling it ‘fake news’

The term “fake news” has become common currency over the past couple of months, but like many terms that go viral online, the meaning of the phrase “fake news” has morphed and shifted. It now means something completely different than it did back in October 2016, when it was used to describe spurious news stories,…

Fake news on Facebook: Are we stuck with it?

Ever since the U.S. elections last month, the topic of fake news has been in the headlines almost daily. In particular, following the election of Donald Trump, Facebook came in for some harsh criticism for having allowed false stories to circulate; many critics believe such stories might have influenced the outcome of the election. “Pizzagate”…

Kristie Sue Costa tries to petition IPCC

With Abe and Ella having withdrawn from the ring, Sabine and Neelu sidelined, Angela Power-Disney disqualified after her “Ella made child sex abuse videos” flub, and everyone else either charged or awaiting charges later this month, it seems almost inevitable that Kristie Sue Costa would step up and try to take over promoting the Hampsterad…