Facebook

Royal Opera's controversial new production of Rossini's William Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the feet of our long lamented People’s Princess, but I struggled… Continue reading

14 Comments
code

Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a Crypto war. Since the 70s, the right and ability to… Continue reading

15 Comments
Andy Burnham, the Shadow Health Secretary delivers his keynote speech on September 24, 2014 in Manchester, England.

Andy Burnham’s barmy online army

29 May 2015 10:03

Andy Burnham’s campaign has ensured he remains the current favourite to be the next Labour leader. Part of his nascent leadership campaign is an online army of fans who are… Continue reading

59 Comments
Do independent publishers realise what they are signing up for? (Photo: Simon Lees/Getty)

Do Google and Facebook threaten the free press?

20 May 2015 12:50

What are newspapers for? The answer, of course, is not just to tell us what’s going on and explain the implications, but also to select the most important items from… Continue reading

25 Comments
Nicola Sturgeon taking a selfie. Getty Images.

This is a social media election. But in the most miserable, sinister way

24 April 2015 13:29

A friend of mine was notorious at university for photoshopping every single photo of her that went onto Facebook. Every snap in a nightclub or lounging on the beach went… Continue reading

70 Comments
ip

The ‘Darknet’ is dangerous. It’s also deeply democratic

12 March 2015 14:39

The ‘Darknet’ is in the spotlight. Over the past few months, stories of paedophile rings, drug empires and terrorist organisations have set pulses racing as investigative journalists have begun dipping… Continue reading

18 Comments
Fackbook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their intention seems to be to join the Islamic State and it looks… Continue reading

47 Comments
A screenshot of the hacked Malaysia Airlines website

Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals?

27 January 2015 11:14

Another day, another hack. This morning, Facebook and Instagram went dark. Facebook has blamed a technical glitch; ‘Lizard Squad’ celebrated another successful attack: Facebook, Instagram, Tinder, AIM, Hipchat #offline #LizardSquad —… Continue reading

7 Comments
Facebook officials chose the 'sceptical' room for their meeting with Ukip

Coffee Shots: Facebook HQ ‘sceptical’ of Ukip

20 January 2015 10:00

When Ukip officials arrived at Facebook HQ for a meet-and-greet, they were surprised to be led to a boardroom that went by the name of ‘sceptical’. However, far from a tense affair,… Continue reading

6 Comments
(Photo: Getty)

Facebook’s founder asked his 31 million followers to pick up a book. That can only be good news

6 January 2015 12:25

It’s the private messages Mark Zuckerberg will have sent early in the new year that I’d really like to see. The one to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, for instance, which I… Continue reading

0 Comments
s0

Why do internet companies have one rule for paedophilia and another for terrorism?

19 December 2014 12:52

Today’s Times investigation into how the Islamic State is encouraging young British women to marry into this terrorist organisation is chilling. It is also a reminder that social media is the jihadis’… Continue reading

39 Comments
The Facebook logo is reflected in the eye of a girl surfing the internet. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James Forsyth debate their articles on the battle between the geeks and… Continue reading

5 Comments
A picture taken on May 14, 2012 in Paris, shows an illustration made with a figurine set up in front of Facebook's homepage

Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

25 November 2014 18:24

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the Telegraph. Both the ISC’s report and the committee’s chairman Malcolm Rifkind have been… Continue reading

58 Comments
(Photo: DPA/Getty)

The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to its women employees to freeze their eggs so they can… Continue reading

15 Comments
The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

When it comes to jihad porn, abstinence is best

13 August 2014 15:27

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching videos of adults abusing children is wrong. At least outside… Continue reading

61 Comments
It's time to get drunk on poetry - The Poetry Recital by A Gatty (Image: The Art Archive/ Burcardo Theatre, Rome)

Poemination: the antidote to idiocy

24 February 2014 17:10

Do you know any poems off by heart? I don’t. When I was younger, I used to. My favourite poem to recite was Roald Dahl’s Veruca Salt, the little brute.… Continue reading

4 Comments
Image: Getty

The way to build Tech UK: ‘Think big. Start small. Move fast’

29 November 2013 15:19

The panel discussion entitled ‘Can the UK produce the next Facebook?’ carried The Spectator audience on a stimulating journey from Scotland to Silicon Valley, before dropping them back in London.… Continue reading

25 Comments
Silicon Roundabout is full of tech startups. Will they be able to mimic Silicon Valley? Photo: Getty Images.

Can Silicon Valley ever be replicated in London?

26 November 2013 11:41

Trying to clone Silicon Valley has been a cornerstone of this coalition’s business policy. Rohan Silva, until recently the PM’s policy guru, spent several years in government and opposition creating… Continue reading

35 Comments
Has the UK become a surveillance state? Illustration: Stephen Collins.

UK government is one of the world’s top pryers into user data on Facebook and Twitter

28 August 2013 10:30

Our government loves to snoop. Nick Cohen explained in the Spectator last year why Britain is becoming a surveillance state, and now we have an indication of how much data… Continue reading

70 Comments
Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Evgeny Morozov

26 April 2013 10:15

Evgeny Morozov is an iconoclast. He believes that technology, if abused or misused, has the potential to make society less free. His latest book, To Save Everything , Click Here,… Continue reading

1 Comment
FRANCE-INTERNET-COMPANY-STOCKS-FACEBOOK

‘Vote for Romney and I’ll unfriend you’: why I won’t debate politics on Facebook

20 December 2012 12:22

On July 4, 2009, the day Sarah Palin announced that she would step down from the Governorship of Alaska, the perfect quip popped into my head. As we are wont… Continue reading

19 Comments
China - USA (Getty Images)

Who will rule the 21st century?

7 August 2012 11:01

This is a nice big question to ponder on the holiday beach or in the rented villa. A vast amount has already been written on the rise of China and… Continue reading

2 Comments
1428

Eurozone v Facebook — which is the economic model of our time?

17 May 2012 17:48

Even as our attention is gripped by a crumbling eurozone, another huge economic entity is emerging in the marketplace — Facebook, which has just upsized its number of IPO shares… Continue reading

17 Comments
22510

Back in Timeline

30 March 2012 14:35

A quick post to point CoffeeHousers in the direction of the Spectator’s new Facebook Timeline. Now you’ll be able to use Facebook not just to catch up on our latest… Continue reading

5 Comments

Spectators of Christmas Past

13 December 2011 12:56

One December in the 1930s, with Britain reeling from the Depression, Lord Wakefield of Wakefield House took out a full-page announcement on the cover of The Spectator. It was an… Continue reading

8 Comments