Social Media

Lucy Powell’s bill is the wrong way to tackle online hate

12 September 2018 16:51

Politicians and the internet still don’t seem to get on. Yesterday Labour’s Lucy Powell put forward a bill proposing two…

Exclusive: MPs advised to stay off Twitter accounts

2 July 2018 10:19

Remember when, as a child, you were astonished to discover that not only did your teacher not retreat to the…

Calling people out for ‘gaslighting’ is just a lazy but effective way of shutting down dissent

14 June 2018 15:38

Last month, the American short story writer Carmen Maria Machado spoke out about a disappointing interaction she had once had…

The electoral spending figures highlight the Tories’ social media problem

19 March 2018 13:29

The Electoral Commission has released details of the different parties’ spending on the snap election and it doesn’t make pretty…

White heat: How is tech changing politics?

17 February 2018 7:30

Jeremy Corbyn began the 2017 election campaign 20 points behind the Conservatives in the polls; he ended it just two…

The real reason why women aren’t attending their cervical smear tests

22 January 2018 14:50

Are young women stupid? Apparently, 15 per cent of them would miss a cervical smear appointment for a gym class…

Is social media doing the Devil’s work?

17 January 2018 10:47

Twitter brings out a mean streak in some people that can take the breath away. And I should know. I…

The Spectator Podcast: Corbyn 2.0

16 November 2017 14:40

On this week’s episode we look at the social media revolution which could sweep the Tories away. We also discuss…

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…

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Got a grievance? Then make sure you complain online

12 May 2017 11:23

All publicity is good publicity, right? Wrong. The United Airlines controversy last month showed just how quickly poor crisis management…

Social media complainers get results: £65 million paid out in the past year

11 April 2017 11:26

Are you a social media complainer? Do you use the likes of Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to vent your spleen…

How social media won the day for the Donald

19 November 2016 9:00

There are plenty of theories about how Donald Trump pulled off his shock victory. But however he did manage to…

No, thank you, Officer, I will not think before I speak

28 May 2016 13:44

As my daughter was preparing for her AS level exam on 1984 this week, George Orwell’s dystopian classic loomed back…

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…

The anti-hunt mob have reached a new low

5 April 2016 14:15

Last Saturday, on 2 April, 9-year-old Bonnie Armitage was killed by a kick from a horse. This tragic accident could have happened…

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…

Labour’s social media clampdown should be the least of its worries

23 November 2015 18:23

Labour appears to be obsessed with its image on social media. If the general election result taught us anything, it’s that…

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…

Do political activists really need to be naked to make their point?

23 September 2015 10:04

When did political campaigns become so vain? The latest instance involves a bunch of clowns from Spain (they’re literally clowns,…

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…

Having an Aga doesn’t make you posh

11 August 2015 10:26

‘I already hate Sam. He’s too chavvy.’ Can you imagine the outrage that would kick off if someone said that about…

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…

What does the Tim Hunt saga tell us about the future of democracy?

21 June 2015 10:45

A friend of mine, who attends a top UK University, recently attended a generic debate on feminism and sexual violence.…