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Dec 2017


News

Can Facebook win its battle against election interference in 2018?

29 December 2017 | The Guardian

Social networks spent much of 2017 slowly coming to terms with the extent to which their platforms had been exploited to spread political misinformation. But the narrow focus of investigations over the last year is likely to cause further pain in 2018, as the US midterm elections create a new urgency for the problem to be solved.

At the beginning of this year, Facebook was hostile to the suggestion that it may have played an unwitting part in a foreign influence campaign. After the election of Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, described the suggestion that his site may have swayed voters as a “crazy idea”, despite evidence that hoaxes and lies had been spread on the social network during the campaign. (He later apologised for the comment, saying it was “dismissive and I regret it”.)


Child sexual abuse royal commission delivers final report

15 December 2017 | The Guardian

The Anglican Church has released a statement this morning ahead of the release of the final report, which will then be tabled to parliament out of session and made public, we’ve been told, before noon.

The commission has been releasing a series of incremental reports about abuse in various institutions in the lead-up to their final report being delivered to the governor general today, and last week released damning findings about the Anglican diocese of Newcastle.


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