Emerging Media

Twitter Users May Soon be Able to Tag ‘Fake News’

Social media platform Twitter is mulling over a feature that would allow users report false, misleading, or offensive content. In a report from the Washington Post, the feature is ‘still in prototype phase’ and a release date has not been finalized. Users will be able to flag hateful or fake content similar to the platform’s current spam reporting section. The process has progressed slowly due to concerns that users may “abuse” the system using mass reporting for otherwise non-hateful content. A collection of studies from the Oxford University reported that Twitter and Facebook were heavily used to sway public opinion with […]

Germany Approves 50m Euro Fine for Delinquent Social Media Companies

Germany’s Parliament Members voted to approve the Netzwerkdurchsetzungsgesetz (NetzDG) law before the Bundestag’s summer break. Starting October, social media sites that have more than 2 million users in Germany such as YouTube and Facebook, will only be given 24 hours to remove hateful speech or posts with criminal content. If a tech company is unable to comply, they could face a 5 million to 50 million euro fine, depending on the weight of the offence. Human rights advocates have criticized the bill, stating that the short time limit that can result to censorship as social media companies might choose to […]

Instagram Pushes Back Against Mean and Harassing Comments Using AI

Instagram has introduced an AI that will filter offensive, mean, and harassing comments online. Text classification engine, Deep Text, was first used by Facebook and Instagram to identify and remove spam. With the success of that program, the same engine is now being used to classify negative comments into segments like racism, bullying or sexual harassment. Once the system is live, it should result in hateful comments disappearing from user’s walls. Source: Tech Crunch

Canada Supreme Court Rules They can Force Google to Remove Worldwide Results

The Canadian Supreme Court has issued a decision on Google search results that has been criticized by civil liberties groups for possibly setting a precedent for internet censorship. In a 7-2, the Court ruled that any court in the country can issue an injunction to remove the results worldwide when it is needed to guarantee the injunction’s effectiveness. In the judgment, the court also said that the Internet has no borders, and that its natural habitat is global. Google has not replied to requests for comment. Source: The Guardian

Facebook Cracks Down on Hate Speech

Social media giant Facebook has been deleting as much as 66,000 hate speech related posts a week. The company defined hate speech as any attack made on people based on race, sexual orientation and other characteristics, and that they heavily rely on user generated reports that are in turn, reviewed by their employees to weed out said posts. With a team of approximately 4,500 workers solely designated to reviewing posts and online content, Facebook says it plans on hiring 3,000 more in the coming year. Source: US News

The DICT as Indirect Regulator

The DICT as Indirect Regulator

A Look into the Department’s Potential for Impact on Telecommunications, Government Procurement and Coordination Among Agencies On May 20, 2016, Republic Act No. 1084, otherwise known as the “Department of lnformation and Communications Technology Act of 2015”, was signed into law. The Act’s Implementing Rules and Regulations have since been released as of October 15, 2016. Composed of administrative agencies formerly under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and which will remain autonomous, the DICT has several roles to play, among which are to ensure an increase in cyber security and monitor […]

Cybercrime search warrants and the role of ISPs

Cybercrime search warrants and the role of ISPs

Just like in any other crime, a search warrant is necessary to aid in the prosecution of cybercrime [i]. Aiming to protect the fundamental right against unreasonable searches and seizures, the policy of procuring search warrants for cybercrimes is definitely sensible on paper. However, the unique nature of data and computer systems makes it troublesome. Can service providers be the solution? The unique nature of search warrants in cyberspace The procurement of a search warrant is a crucial part of the criminal prosecution process. By means of the warrant, law enforcement officers can secure material pieces of evidence [ii]. Without such prior […]

Partisan Political Activities in the Age of Social Media

Partisan Political Activities in the Age of Social Media

The past election season saw a social media revolution. More than ever, the Internet has become a vehicle for expressing a myriad of opinions that sought to campaign for and protect a particular candidate, or to blacken his image or express dissent. Increasingly becoming one of the main sources of information, social media has changed the playing field. There, candidates and their supporters were able to get advertisement and highlight platforms, at little to no cost. While the right to express opinions in social media is guaranteed by the freedom of speech enshrined in our Constitution, it is not absolute. […]

Gaming Online Polls: How Hard Could It Be?

Gaming Online Polls: How Hard Could It Be?

  It is election season once again, and with it comes a slew of opinion polls showing this politician or that politician-to-be, as the nation’s favorite candidate (for the time being). These polls are conducted regularly, over a relatively long period of time, in order to reflect the vicissitudes of electoral whims. Now, since more than half of Filipinos are online, a number of these polls have been conducted through websites. The move is understandable as the benefits are obvious: using the net to reach out to participants is far more convenient and time-efficient than going to them personally, or […]

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