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The Russia US election probe is lose-lose for Facebook

13 November 2017 12:10

The ongoing investigation into Russian influence in the US election is looking more and more like an existential threat to…

The Spectator Podcast: Tech vs Trump

12 October 2017 13:03

On this week’s episode, we discuss Trump versus technology, the ‘new normal’ with Calamity May, and whether jargon is polluting…

What the papers say: Are tech companies doing enough to tackle terror?

27 March 2017 8:41

Amber Rudd has vowed to ‘call time’ on tech companies who are giving terrorists ‘a place to hide’. The Home…

Indigenous languages are being wiped out – and social media isn’t helping

27 January 2017 16:42

We are in Imbassai in the state of Bahia. It’s lush, beautiful and green. I am escaping the London winter…

Daft celebrity mourners have made 2016 the year of the ‘Tearleader’

19 December 2016 15:27

Despite my ‘difficult’ reputation, I am a cheery cove in real life, all the more so as I get older.…

Corporation tax, Facebook and Italian banks

21 November 2016 12:47

Corporation Tax The Prime Minister will today pledge to match the lowest corporation tax rates within the G20 — even…

Facebook blocks Admiral from using profiles to price car insurance. But what of Facebook’s privacy credentials?

4 November 2016 11:24

For one in seven people alive today, Facebook is their window on the world. More than one billion of them…

How ‘spiritual’ people are spreading anti-Jewish poison on Facebook: a vicar blows the whistle

28 October 2016 11:56

Nazi-inspired conspiracy theories are gaining popularity among liberal Facebook users who think of themselves as ‘spiritual but not religious’. That’s the claim…

Where should the line be drawn over the famous Kim Phuc photograph?

10 September 2016 10:47

Can you imagine, in the wake of a terror attack in London, a tabloid, or any other kind of media…

How scheming ratbags spread lies on social media

3 September 2016 12:41

It’s a safe bet that any post starting ‘What the mainstream media won’t tell you’, or words to that effect,…

Facebook is helping the left to eat itself

22 May 2016 7:42

I hate Facebook, mostly because it’s full of other people’s happiness. I appreciate this makes me a terrible person, but…

The internet’s war on free speech

10 May 2016 16:12

The dream of internet freedom has died. What a dream it was. Twenty years ago, nerdy libertarians hailed the web…

Facebook’s ‘Motherhood Challenge’ is designed for sad exhibitionists

5 February 2016 17:06

Further proof that social media is fundamentally evil comes by way of Facebook’s Motherhood Challenge. It has been doing the…

Yes, we wear poppies. But we don’t print our faces onto them

18 November 2015 15:57

‘What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?’ asks my colleague…

What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?

18 November 2015 10:41

Robert Frost famously defined poetry as the moment when emotion finds thought, and the thought finds words. But in the…

A big ‘like’ to the ‘dislike’ button – Facebook should be a forum, not an echo chamber

16 September 2015 11:37

Stormy seas ahead for the virtue signallers of this world. Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that he may soon introduce a…

Liz Kendall’s Facebook Q&A offers a window into the Labour party’s madness

14 July 2015 19:48

Liz Kendall spent an hour on Facebook this evening answering questions from Labour supporters. Those sitting on a social network on…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…