Analysis: France’s Bill to tackle online hate speech raises familiar question marks
A Bill to be debated in the French Parliament will, if passed, mean social media companies face severe consequences if online hate speech is not erased – but fears persist that it could empower digital giants to set the terms of online debate
ON WEDNESDAY [3 July], the French Parliament will begin to debate a Bill on online hate speech which could have significant ramifications for social media discourse, and not just in France.
Robin McAlpine: Dear mainstream media, you're not gods
Common Weal director Robin McAlpine argues that rather than smearing the independence movement with the actions of a small minority, the mainstream media should take responsiblity for its own decisions
I AM FREEDOM. I am truth. I am democracy. I am reason. I don't mean this in any abstract kind of a way, I mean it very specifically – I, personally, am the flesh and bone embodiment of justice.
Ukip-backed Leave.EU condemned for 'bigoted' Twitter posts
The pro-Brexit group has been condemned after a series of anti-Muslim tweets
THE ANTI-EU campaign group backed by Nigel Farage during the EU referendum has been condemned after a series of Islamophobic tweets from its official Twitter account, including one on the supposed "Punish a Muslim" day.
Some of the claims made by the group have also been debunked and labeled as fake news.
'Smash a Fenian Day' poster emailed to SNP MSP James Dornan
An email encouraging violence against Catholics has been sent to a Glasgow MSP
AN MSP has been targetted by a "vile" email circular encouraging violence against Scotland's Catholic community, the "Smash a Fenian" email, thought to mimic a similar “Punish a Muslim” event, claims to award points for varying acts of violence.
Mr Dornan has reported the communication to Police Scotland and the Scottish Parliament's security team.
REVEALED: The shocking and sustained abuse targeted at leading Scots politicians
CommonSpace investigates online abuse after campaign is launched blasting #ToxicTwitter for failing to protect user
RESEARCH by CommonSpace into the level and nature of abuse directed to Scots politicians online has revealed the daily reality of online campaigns of abuse which is often misogynistic, racist and homophobic.
First minister and MSPs speak out on online abuse as report exposes 'Toxic Twitter'
New Amnesty International research says Twitter is a “toxic place for women”
NEW RESEARCH by Amnesty International reveals the endemic nature of abuse and threats of violence directed at women on Twitter, particularly those who are politicians, journalists or other public figures, or who speak out on issues like sexism.
"Let the dirty bitch eat shit and die": Mhairi Black reveals horrendous abuse
During a Westminster debate on Wednesday, SNP MP Mhairi Black quoted the "sexualised and misogynistic" abuse she has received
A GRAPHIC SPEECH by the SNP MP Mhairi Black in a Westminster debate on misogyny has highlighted the horrendous abuse women in public life are subjected to, which MPs say has become so normalised that the words do not make them feel uncomfortable.
Refusing to dilute her language and the reality of the issue, Black read out numerous examples of comments sent to her online which she said are typical of the reality she faced.
Rob McDowall: Politicians may well be unpopular, but we all have a duty to protect them
Writer and human rights advocate Rob McDowall explains why he's campaigning for the Scottish Government to strengthen laws to protect parliamentarians
I AM an avid user of social media and I regularly disagree with policies and policy makers on Twitter and Facebook but I always try to do so as respectfully as possible. When you try to make a political point by attacking someone personally, I believe that you've lost the argument and lowered the tone into the bargain.
No causal link between football and violence against women, says national charity
Benefits of linking football and abuse of women in question as Offensive Behaviour Act debate continues
SCOTTISH WOMEN’S AID HAS again made clear its position that any interpretation of a causal link between football and violence against women elides the wider issues involved and relies upon data which may be misleading.