The Listening Post

US sanctions on Iran and the messaging battle

After months of rhetoric, the US re-imposes sanctions on Iran. Plus, historical revisionism in Israel's archives.

The Listening Post

Jair Bolsonaro and the future of Brazil's media

A look at 'fake news', social media and how a Bolsonaro victory could spell trouble for Brazil's mainstream media.

The Listening Post

Jair Bolsonaro: A wrecking ball for Brazil's media?

A look at hate speech and misinformation ahead of Brazil's election runoff. Plus, Jeremy Corbyn and the UK media.

Asia Pacific

Singapore court convicts activist, politician over Facebook posts

Jolovan Wham and John Tan face up to three years in jail after judge finds pair guilty of contempt for their remarks.

Singapore court convicts activist, politician over Facebook posts

The Listening Post

Trolls and threats: Online harassment of female journalists

The advent of social media has meant that the dissemination of hate has become as easy as a simple click.

The Listening Post

Brazil's elections: Is social media overtaking the mainstream?

Is social media driving the campaign of far-right frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro? Plus, online abuse of female journalists.

Laos

'You can't post anything about the government in Laos'

Influential Facebook users, pejoratively referred to as net idols, are facing retribution for their online posts.

Overcoming a government crackdown on social media in Laos

Iran

Iran slams Twitter for shutting down 'real Iranian' accounts

Iranian foreign minister questions Twitter's decision while asking why US-backed 'bots' were still active.

Iran slams Twitter for shutting down 'real Iranian' accounts

Syria's War

YouTube shuts down pro-Syrian government channels

Video streaming giant appeared to suspend the accounts of SANA, the Ministry of Defence, and the Syrian Presidency.

YouTube shuts down pro-Syrian government channels

Counting the Cost

Social media influencers and those who pay them

Should online celebrities come clean about being paid to promote certain brands or services like plastic surgery?

United Kingdom

Disconnecting: Calls to reduce social media use in the UK

As scientists warn that social media use can cause health concerns, campaigners ask Britons to put down their phones and reassess the impact all that checking, posting and updating has on their lives.

Social media

Facebook and Twitter remove hundreds of fake propaganda pages

The companies said the accounts belonged to Russian and Iranian actors and were aimed at 'coordinated manipulation'.

United Kingdom

Fake news threatens the future of UK democracy: report

Parliamentary committee calls on government to tighten laws on tech companies and clean up 'wild west' social media.

Fake news threatens the future of UK democracy: report

China

How influential can social media users be in China?

China is known to monitor social media, but in the wake of a rapid government response to a fake-vaccine crisis, when does 'monitoring social media users' become 'listening to social media users'?

United States

Facebook stock loses $120bn in value after scandals

The effect of fake news in the 2016 US election and user privacy concerns caused social media giant's shares to plunge by about 20 percent.