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In battle against fake news, politicians put too much trust in Big Tech

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When it comes to tackling fake news and hate speech, politicians from Brussels to Washington are relying on the “have your cake it and eat it” style of rulemaking.

As the world gears up for a new round of elections (from the U.S. midterms to the Swedish and European Parliament votes), lawmakers want the likes of Facebook and Google to take greater ownership of policing what’s posted on their social networks, while also warning that these tech giants are gaining too much sway over every aspect of people’s online lives.

American to Fight Twitter over Social Media Ban

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A white nationalist is taking Twitter to court for banning his account with the social networking service.

The case comes at the same time when social networks are trying to stop hateful and abusive content without appearing to block unpopular opinions.

Jared Taylor launched the case Tuesday in California, at a state court in San Francisco. The Associated Press (AP) described it as the latest legal action by right-wing groups and people banned from social media websites.

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How Twitter went from banal to brutal

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OPINION: Last week Duncan Garner quit Twitter in a huff, after a column he wrote about immigration attracted a storm of moral outrage.

Garner complained bitterly about the "verbal abuse" he was subjected to and the "intolerance, hatred and madness" of Twitter users.

Garner's column was objectionable to some people, but some of the feedback he got was also outrageous. It made me wonder how exactly Twitter became the go-to platform for outrage culture.

Social network banks on sport fans' passion

Twitter is exploring new ways to engage sports fans, tapping into their passion as it fights its corner in the cutthroat world of social media.

Theo Luke, Twitter's sports partnership director for Europe and the Middle East, told Leaders Week in London that sport is a major driver of activity on the social networking site.
Last year, when British voters chose to leave the European Union and Donald Trump swept to the US presidency, "in the United Kingdom sport was the biggest topic of conversation," Luke said on Monday.

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