Social media must evolve beyond data mining

As Congress and the public wrestle with the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, many people are now realizing the risks data collection poses to civic institutions, public discourse and individual privacy. The U.K.-based political consulting firm didn’t just collect personal data from the 270,000 people who used researcher…

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Nigeria's government launches campaign against fake news

Nigeria's government has launched what it calls a "campaign against fake news." This was announced by Lai Mohammed, Nigeria's Minister of Information, at a press briefing on 11 July 2018. Mohammed further exclaimed that fake news was like a time bomb waiting to explode. “In a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country…

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Social media tax is now active in Uganda

Uganda's much-debated social media (OTT) tax has officially gone live. From 1 July 2018, Ugandans were required to pay the tax if they wanted to access services such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and many others. The social media tax was initially proposed in April 2018 in an announcement in which…

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Using Artificial Intelligence to fight online abuse is not simple

Facebook has released statistics on abusive behavior on its social media network, deleting more than 22 million posts for violating its rules against pornography and hate speech – and deleting or adding warnings about violence to another 3.5 million posts. Many of those were detected by automated systems monitoring users’…

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Understanding online commenting culture

Do you call that a haircut? I hope you didn’t pay for it. Oh please this is rubbish, you’re a disgrace to yourself and your profession. These are just two examples of comments that have followed articles I have written in my career. While they may seem benign…

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