Background In October 2022, a media outlet called the Wire, which presents itself as a critical dissenting voice and champion of free speech, published a three-story series alleging that Meta, the big tech and social media giant, had given unchecked authority to Amit Malviya, the head of the Indian ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Information […]
Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble-rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year’s US elections in a money making move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion and riots at the US Capitol. The allegations were made by former Facebook product manager Frances […]
Facebook has shut a slew of accounts belonging to Ugandan government officials accusing them of seeking to manipulate public debate ahead of Jan 14 general elections
Incumbent President Yoweri Museveni, 76, is facing a stiff challenge from the popstar-turned-politician Bobi Wine, 38.
Museveni’s senior press secretary Don Wanyama, who saw both his Facebook and Instagram account shut down, accused the company of seeking to influence the election.
Yoweri Museveni has long accused foreign organisations and elements of backing Wine in a bid to remove his government.
Social media giants have come under increasing scrutiny over the content they allow on their networks.
Earlier this week, a Wall Street Journal report had claimed that despite an internal assessment calling for a ban on Bajrang Dal pages and content on its platform, Facebook had decided not to act as it deemed that “cracking down on Bajrang Dal might endanger both the company’s business prospects and its staff in India”. […]
On Nov 17th, a Senate hearing was held over legal protections for Social Media companies. CEOs of Twitter and Facebook were put to scrutiny by senators during the hearing. The Republican senators accused the social media companies of political bias and also charged them with unfair business practices and market dominance. The charges are seen […]
Turkey has fined global social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, 10 million lira each for not complying with a new social media law. Omer Fatih Sayan, chairman of the Information and Communication Technologies Authority, said Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube and TikTok would be fined to the tune of $1.2 million each. The […]