Monday 14 October 2019

Far right 'exploiting social media loopholes'


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Sinead Kelleher

The Christchurch mosque attack highlighted the weaknesses in social media platforms which allowed the live streaming and photos of the horrific attack be shared worldwide, according to leading social media experts.

Research fellow at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) Julia Ebner says far-right groups and Islamists are using 'loopholes' to get content on social media and are increasingly using 'dark social' platforms to radicalise and share information which cannot be tracked.

She was speaking at the 'Future of Social Media' at the Women in Media Conference in Ballybunion, Co Kerry, yesterday.

The panel also included author and social media expert Dr Ciarán McMahon, gamer and geologist Aisling Ryan and head of news at Independent News and Media, Jane Last. The panel was chaired by social news editor with the BBC, Ciara Riordan.

Ms Last said while there were many negatives there were also positives. "Issues like housing and health are amplified on social media and engaging with people on these issues can help form the news agenda," she said.

Irish Independent

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