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Election law: Who targets you?

In the age of social media a new regulatory framework to protect democracy is required, argues Susie Alegre

23 May 2017

Over the past two years we have seen a stream of dramatic elections in the UK and beyond. Issues like fake news and the use of social media for political campaigning have been of increasing concern to those trying to understand how our democracies are changing.

As social media and the ways that we engage with the world change, the regulatory, legal, and ethical tools for navigating the new landscape have been slow to catch up. There is no doubt that social media is having a fundamental effect on our democracy and it is crucial that we develop the tools we need to ensure we continue to live in and shape the society we want.

But trying to pin down exactly what fake news is or drawing the line between what is and is not legitimate political campaigning has been extremely difficult. The lines are blurred. Taking steps to ban fake news may well have the undesirable effect of curb...

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