20 September 2018 Social Media Allegations that Facebook and other platforms have bias in content moderation decisions may not be so far fetched, Jillian York writes Amidst a surge of articles about social media companies over the past few months, one small piece of news may have gotten lost: A manual used by Facebook to train its thousands of content moderators contained a photograph of red-robed monks standing amongst heaps of dead bodies, whilst below it a caption read ‘The Body of Muslims slaughted [sic] by Buddhists (Barma) [sic].’ According to Motherboard, the adjacent slide from Facebook reads: ‘This is a newsworthy exception for the victims of violence in Burma [Myanmar].’ (Disclosure: I’m quoted in that article.) What made this image troublesome wasn’t the dead bodies (though indeed the photo represented a tragedy) or the glaring typos in the caption but the fact that the photograph wasn’t from Myanmar at all, but was rather … [Read more...] about Does social media bias in content moderation exist?
Life by Press Association September 18, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The state-funded RT network is currently subject to 10 investigations into media bias, including its coverage of the Salisbury poisoning. Ofcom is investigating the broadcaster, funded by the Russian government, following concerns over due impartiality in its news coverage and discussion shows. The coverage of the fatal Salisbury incident in March of this year is the most recent broadcast to spark an investigation by the UK media watchdog. This news comes as media minister Jeremy Wright is set to castigate the perceived misinformation of the “Kremlin-backed” news sources in a speech to the Royal Television Society. RT’s Sputnik programme is being assessed for its discussion of former FSB secret service officer, Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia and whether it was sufficiently balanced. The programme was hosted by George … [Read more...] about RT subject to 10 investigations into ‘media bias’
Ken Livingstone is an English politician, he served as the Mayor of London between 2000 and 2008. He is also a former MP and a former member of the Labour Party. Today it seems like we are in another Cold War. It was breathtaking to watch our PM Theresa May immediately blaming Russia for the poisoning of the Skripals before the police had conducted their investigation into the evidence. Growing up after the Second World War our news was dominated by the threat from the Soviet Union, but when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991 I don’t think anyone could have guessed that just over two decades later we would be once again talking about the threat from Russia. Anyone who only gets their news from the British or American media is kept in ignorance of the truth; the endless accusations about the Skirpal poisoning or the conflict over Crimea is presented in a completely biased way in which most of the facts are ignored. But there is nothing new about this: dishonest reporting and … [Read more...] about ‘Be careful about what you believe’ – Ken Livingstone on US, UK media bias & lies
The British Public Relations journal ‘PR Week' reported that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had taken both former BBC director of strategy Anjula Singh as well as Carl Shoben, an advisor to former Prime Minister Tony Blair onto his media staff. The decision to appoint both figures from more mainstream media backgrounds, which was reportedly made internally last week, came at the same time as the BBC formally rejected accusations of bias in its coverage and depiction of the Opposition Leader. At least 48 complaints were made to the public broadcaster after a March episode of the current affairs program Newsnight, in which the red background showed Mr. Corbyn's image superimposed on images of the Kremlin and historic Soviet insignia. © AFP 2018 / Carl CourtConspiracy of Silence: BBC Admits MI5 Vetted Staff to Weed Out 'Subversives'Mr. Corbyn's depiction which was interpreted by many … [Read more...] about Furore Continues Over ‘Media Bias’ As Corbyn Hires Ex-BBC Exec and Blair Advisor
Released on 29-04-2018 Modified 29-04-2018 to 12:00 British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was forced to defend his stance on anti-Semitism, a question that also attracted headlines in France and Germany this week. While in Pakistan and Tanzania, there were concerns about censorship and Internet freedom. A Facebook comment posted a few years ago by Corbyn in which he backed an artist that graffitied a wall with Jewish bankers counting their money, is what has reignited the debate on anti-Semitism within the British Labour party. The Labour leader who had initially supported the mural in the name of free speech, conceded he was wrong to support an "offensive" work. Labour MP Luciana Berger said last month she was unsatisfied with his response and told lawmakers that under Corbyn anti-Semitism had become "more common place (...) and more corrosive.” The media was fast to react. Too fast perhaps according to Eline Jeanne, who works with the Media Diversity Institute in the UK. … [Read more...] about International media