A new ‘war on terror’ taking shape online

It’s been a bad week for conspiraloons online, what with Alex Jones’ InfoWars having been given the old heave-ho from Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube (though Twitter hasn’t removed him and claims it has no plans to do so). When asked about the decision to remove InfoWars, Facebook and Apple cited concerns about hate speech, which they have…

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…

Unmasking “Jason Streatham”

Yesterday we revealed the identity of Araya Soma (aka Araya Manna, aka Ninon Dulac): turns out her real name is Laurence Lavie, and she’s currently wanted by Somerset police for failing to attend her trial on drugs charges. Today, we thought we’d take a look at one of the lesser-known Hoaxtead trolls, who’s been uttering…

Facing the music: How to hit the internet where it hurts

By now many of our readers will already know that Alex “Puffy” Jones, American blowhard extraordinaire who never met a conspiracy theory he didn’t like, has issued an apology regarding his involvement in pushing the Pizzagate fraud. As the Washington Post reported yesterday, In a surprising and rare bit of backtracking, Jones posted a six-minute…