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Was what I said on Facebook really 'hate speech'?

22 November 2020 6:00 pm

Facebook has been accused of failing to combat extremism and hate-speech among its users. But as I found out this week,…

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Unanswered questions for Big Tech

22 October 2020 8:27 am

It’s been a full week since the New York Post published their first story about Hunter Biden’s laptop, which is…

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House Republicans accuse Democrats of ignoring censorship in Big Tech report

7 October 2020 8:50 am

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee are releasing their own report on Big Tech on Tuesday, countering a Democratic report…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s quest for redemption

27 September 2020 1:01 am

Stung by recent criticism, and fearing major regulation, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, has announced the establishment of…

The creep of internet censorship

26 September 2020 9:00 am

Kristie Higgs, a 44-year-old school assistant, didn’t realise that criticising the sex education curriculum at her son’s school on Facebook…

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President Trump should bend — but not break — Big Tech

6 August 2020 1:47 am

Americans’ increasing focus on this fall’s elections has awakened in me a tinge of nostalgia for the good old days…

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Four main takeaways from the House’s Big Tech antitrust sideshow

31 July 2020 7:55 am

Here’s a terrifying thought: Mark Zuckerberg is the only person in Silicon Valley that the political and intellectual right can…

The chilling truth about the Facebook advertising boycott

4 July 2020 9:00 am

The printed press is not a natural ally of Facebook. Silicon Valley publishers have hoovered up so much advertising that…

Why corporations should not bow to the mob

2 July 2020 5:14 pm

Some of America’s biggest businesses are withholding their ad spending from social media sites, in order to pressure these platforms…

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Facebook is right. Twitter is wrong

29 May 2020 7:46 am

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey opened up a Pandora’s box two days ago by dropping a fact-check on a tweet by…

Technological progress is as messy as Darwinian evolution

21 December 2019 9:00 am

There is a famous chart which shows the time it took for various technologies to be adopted by 50 million…

Who will take on the behemoths of Big Tech?

14 December 2019 9:00 am

With Britain having gone through its third general election in four years, the halcyon days of Cleggmania in the 2010…

Why I welcome the collapse of Facebook’s currency

19 October 2019 9:00 am

When Facebook announced details earlier this year of a global digital currency called Libra — backed by a roll call…

Why is everyone on Facebook so paranoid about their privacy?

14 September 2019 9:00 am

There’s a line in Desperately Seeking Susan where Madonna (Susan) reads aloud the diary of Roberta, the bored housewife she…

Why 80 per cent of young people in this Macedonian town have turned to posting ‘fake news’

7 September 2019 9:00 am

It’s such a relief to turn on the radio and hear the voice of Neil MacGregor. That reasoned authority, his…

Dear Mary: How should I deal with a friend who leaves appalling comments on Facebook?

6 July 2019 9:00 am

Q. Friends and I keep in touch and share our more memorable experiences on Facebook. One friend is an elderly…

Should we fear Facebook’s cryptocurrency?

1 June 2019 9:00 am

The cryptocurrency winter has turned to spring: having slumped from $20,000 in late 2017 to $3,200 a year later, bitcoin…

Meet the real Alexander Nix. An interview with the notorious former head of Cambridge Analytica

18 May 2019 9:00 am

If you have heard of Alexander Nix, you probably think he’s a villain. He is the former head of Cambridge…

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What’s the truth about Cambridge Analytica?

16 May 2019 8:06 pm

If you have heard of Alexander Nix, you probably think he’s a villain. He is the former head of Cambridge…

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The 2020 primary’s pivot to video

26 April 2019 8:26 am

‘Charlottesville, Virginia is home to the author of one of the great documents in human history. We know it by…

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Why I could kiss Mark Zuckerberg

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Since posting some of my research into the RSPCA on Facebook, I now better understand the way social networking works.…

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Why 1919 wasn’t the year it’s cracked up to be

12 January 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad The funny thing is that I was at school with a man called Ted Widmer, and I recently read…

Tech gurus don’t let their kids have smartphones. Here’s why

22 September 2018 9:00 am

Pupils are back in classrooms and parents can finally have a brief respite from worrying about their children’s excessive screen…

Amazon and Facebook: the twin evils of our age

11 August 2018 9:00 am

They used to say that the primary function of a boat was to be beautiful. I suppose that is why…

What’s bad for slick estate agents like Foxtons is good for working Londoners

4 August 2018 9:00 am

Those twice-weekly sales emails from Foxtons that the recent GDPR clean-up has failed to stop have lately been spattered with…