Let’s stop selling ourselves short

Senior lecturer in Media Studies and Chair of the Better Public Media Trust Dr Peter Thompson writes for Newsroom that we must stand up to Mark Zuckerberg and other social media giants or we sell ourselves short as citizens and as a public.

If we heavily regulate Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the others, that won’t necessarily stop the sorts of things we saw going on with the Christchurch footage. There are still extreme right-wing websites out there, there is still a dark web. That won’t disappear just because we shut Facebook and YouTube down.

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Dr Peter Thompson. Let’s stop selling ourselves short. Newsroom. 2 April 2019.


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