Shadowbanning, a seemingly common but often denied practice by big tech, is helping to further erode people’s trust in social media platforms. How can the brands engaging with these users online foster transparency and loyalty within a growing climate of distrust and paranoia?
Shahmir Sanni is the Vote Leave whistleblower and an outspoken advocate for placing greater controls on social media platforms and tech companies.
Jack Pengelly is a social media producer and consultant, currently working at Attitude magazine. He has also contributed to Gay Times, iWeigh, and BuzzFeed.
Political polarization in the US is fueling heated debates and widespread outrage around censorship – whether that's in the form of deplatforming or book bans. But who is being most deeply impacted by such restrictions? And what can brands do to navigate tensions around free speech and self-expression?
Brazil’s Superior Electoral Court has partnered with WhatsApp to ban fake news and misinformation in the lead-up to the October 2022 presidential election. For brands looking to build trust, openness and honesty are great ways to strengthen a brand’s bond with its audience.
With concerns around data security and censorship driving a growing sense of dissatisfaction with Big Tech, some people are searching for ways to communicate, socialise, and organise online outside of mainstream social media platforms. How will this shift transform the digital space?
Instagram has been criticised for applying different rules around nudity to different body types after comedian Celeste Barber’s parody photo was censored, while the original image of a thin model was not. It's the latest incident to prompt accusations that its algorithm is discriminatory.