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Experts offer advice on media literacy

During the 2016 presidential campaign, an article titled “Pope Francis Shocks the World, Endorses Donald Trump for President” appeared online. People have shared the enthralling story hundreds of thousands of times on social media – although it has since been…

We should teach media culture in elementary school

A typical news session these days begins when we log into our favorite social media website in the morning to catch up on what we missed in our sleep. We quickly pass memes of high school friends or extended family,…

Media literacy: what are the challenges and how can we move towards a solution?

As governments seek to tackle various issues in the digital age, media literacy (or digital) is often cited as the solution, in part because it is much less controversial than attempting to regulate the internet. LSE professor Sonia Livingstone, chair…

Is moderating social media content an impossible task?

In the early days of free-wheeling social media, companies placed little emphasis on moderation of content, focusing all of their efforts on allowing anyone, anywhere, to post whatever they wanted, regardless of how toxic they were. As trolls moved into…

Media Literacy – Everyone’s Favorite Solution to Regulatory Problems

Media literacy is often cited as the solution – but what problem? In this new blog post for the Media Policy Project, Sonia Livingstone, Professor of Social Psychology at LSE and Chair of the LSE’s Truth, Trust, and Technology Commission,…

What is media literacy and why is it important?

lowers the intelligence of consumers, encourages them to broaden their level of thinking and refuse to accept questionable content. Understanding why a business markets pink pens to girls and what that means for society requires students to take a mental…

Google is developing technology for Snapchat-like multimedia content

Google is developing technology to allow publishers to create visual-oriented media content modeled on Snapchat’s “Discover”, people familiar with the situation say, raising the bar in a race between tech giants to dominate broadcasting information on smartphones. Alphabet Inc. GOOG…

Who owns my content on social media?

In 2017, an estimated 2.5 billion people will use social media, uploading around 300 million photos per day to Facebook alone. The volume of user-generated content posted to social media is unprecedented, and many are unaware of the legal implications…

Social media content marketing on a single platform

Too many brands and companies are still trying a scattered approach on social media. They try to be everywhere and disperse their efforts too much. They also apply a unique approach. Whether internal or external social media marketing teams, they…