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Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Facebook to launch ‘supreme court’ to judge controversial content

Technology
By Rowland Manthorpe, technology correspondent Facebook has revealed the rules that will govern its "supreme court" - a new 40-person independent board that will make the final decision on controversial questions about the social network's content.Users unhappy with the way their content has been treated on the platform will be able to take their case to the board after they have "exhausted" Facebook's internal appeals process. It is not clear when the oversight board will start work. Once it has, Facebook said it would implement its decision promptly, unless doing so could violate the law. Image: Mark Zuckerberg says the board will be completely independent - even of him It a...
Australia to block websites hosting terror content during attacks

Australia to block websites hosting terror content during attacks

Technology
Websites and social media companies that host terrorist material during attacks will be blocked, Australian officials have said.The government plans to crack down on extremists exploiting digital platforms to post very violent content. And it is considering bringing in legislation to force the platforms to improve safety.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said: "We are doing everything we can to deny terrorists the opportunity to glorify their crimes."The clampdown comes after suspected gunman Brenton Tarrant allegedly live-streamed on Facebook an attack on two mosques in March which claimed 51 lives in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Advertisement This led to increased scrutiny of websites and social medi...
Google directing people to extreme content and conspiracy theories

Google directing people to extreme content and conspiracy theories

Technology
Google is directing people towards misinformation and conspiracy theories by placing YouTube videos prominently in its search results, an investigation by Sky News has found.Sky News found a number of search terms where extreme content and conspiracy theories featured highly in Google's results - including several topics of public concern. They appeared in the box marked "Videos", which Google places on the first page of certain searches, usually among the top results. For instance, a search for the phrase "5G birds" - a search term relating to a conspiracy theory that upgraded mobile networks will kill birds - showed an article debunking the theory by fact-checking organisation Snopes as the first line.Immediately underneath, the Videos box presented three YouTube videos repeating the cla...
Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Mark Zuckerberg asks governments to help control internet content

Technology
Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content.In an op-ed published in the Washington Post, Facebook's chief says the responsibility for monitoring harmful content is too great for firms alone.He calls for new laws in four areas: "Harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability."It comes two weeks after a gunman used the site to livestream his attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand."Lawmakers often tell me we have too much power over speech, and frankly I agree," Mr Zuckerberg writes, adding that Facebook was "creating an independent body so people can appeal our decisions" about what is posted and what is taken down.He also describes a ne...
Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'

Instagram eating disorder content 'out of control'

Health
Media playback is unsupported on your device Content on Instagram that encourages eating disorders is "spiralling out of control", psychiatrists have warned.A BBC investigation found children swapping graphic images of weight loss and advice on how to make their illnesses more extreme.Dr Jon Goldin, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said "vulnerable" people were finding peer groups online.Instagram says it does not allow content encouraging or promoting eating disorders and removes it when aware.In January, the case of 14-year-old Molly Russell, who took her own life after viewing self-harm images, led to widespread criticism of Instagram.After public pressure the platform owned by Facebook announced a wide-ranging review and committed to...