France considers new laws to fight fake news

During a media briefing yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he would soon introduce new legislation aimed at combating fake news during elections. Under the new law, websites publishing sponsored content would have to disclose who p…

UK eyeing ‘extremism’ tax on social media giants

 The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants. Read More

Twitter pulls conspiracist’s verified badge after celebrity outrage

Twitter's stricter approach to verification isn't just taking checkmarks away from the leaders of racist groups. The social network has pulled the verified badge from conspiracy peddler Liz Conkin after Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend reac…

Twitter ended the year on a fascinating run

 It’s been pretty easy to point at Twitter and, with each quarterly moment when it discloses its financial guts, let out a long exasperated sigh. But then something interesting happened in the back half of 2017: it went on a rather spectacular run, and though ending on a bit of a slump, it looks like it could finish the year up more than 25 percent — which, by Twitter terms, is… Read More

US Representative calls for civics-focused social networks

In an article published today in TechCrunch, US Representative Rick Crawford called for a change in how elected officials engage with their constituents on social networks. He compared current options like Facebook and Twitter to a constituent trying…

Facebook, Twitter and social media’s road to federal regulation

The extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 US presidential election remains unclear, but it's no secret that social media played a major role. This year brought with it a great deal of scrutiny for tech giants, particularly Facebook, Twitter and Goo…

Th U.S. needs to create civic social networks

 I have no doubt that the same great minds who are actively driving new platforms for commerce and engagement can formulate a new product (or adapt an existing one) that allows elected officials to engage the American people in a civic environment without paid ads and political spending. Read More

Facebook and Twitter could face UK ‘sanctions’ over fake news

The chair of a UK committee investigating fake news has threatened Facebook and Twitter with "sanctions" if they allow the issue to fester on their respective platforms. In an interview with the Guardian, Damian Collins, chair of the Department of Cu…