Facebook

Whistleblowing: Sophie Zhang vs. Facebook

Paper
Lara Lovrič
28/11/2022
10 minutes to read

What can a single individual change by exposing the wrongdoings of a successful multinational corporation? This paper examines the case of a whistleblower who uncovered integrity violations and political manipulation facilitated by Facebook.

FAcebook, moderation, activism, democracy,

Why Facebook? Activism, censorship, and democracy

Academic paper
Lauren Zentz
03/12/2021
19 minutes to read

Lauren Zentz examine how a group of progressive activists interact around a certain set of Facebook’s hate speech policies and practices in order to make meaning of them, make both political and social use of them, and be critical of them. 

Big Tech companies

Privacy vs. Big Data: Who are we in the eyes of tech giants?

Article
Nataliia Vdovychenko
05/04/2021
20 minutes to read

Big Data is the new gold. However, what exactly do platforms know about us? This case study is going to explore transparency in data collection of Google and Apple to answer the question of who we are in the eyes of tech giants.

Before Parler was removed from Google and Apple's appstores and deleted from the Amazon servers, Parler users discussed the apparent 'cancellation' of their plaform. An analysis of their responses reveals a complex fusion of very distinct values and beliefs that can be linked to, inter alia, the Manosphere, alt-right movements and a whole range of conspiracy theories.

The Notre-Dame fire

The Notre-Dame fire and digital vigilantism

Paper
Iris Dumoulin
21/12/2020
12 minutes to read

The whole world was watching when one of France's famous landmarks was the victim of a major fire. On April 15, 2019, the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral suffered a terrible tragedy. What role did social media play in spreading the news?

Ken M and wholesome trolling

Article
Iris Dumoulin
10/01/2020
10 minutes to read

Internet trolling: insults, off-topic comments, and weird jokes are something that we should avoid as much as possible. But is there a positive side to trolling? Ken M seems to be the perfect wholesome online troll.

Elizabeth Warren and Facebook

Elizabeth Warren's battle against paid political speech

Article
Jelske van Es
28/11/2019
14 minutes to read

Since unregulated paid political advertising is still not banned from all social media platforms, Elizabeth Warren has become a central figure in the battle against this spread of misinformation to curtail its influence on the 2020 elections.

Wakker Dier chasing a home delivery van from supermarket Albert Heijn

Wakker Dier: animal rights activism in the Netherlands

Article
Claudia Gerards
26/11/2019
17 minutes to read

Some meat comes from animals that had a terrible life. In protest, organization Wakker Dier went viral with a campaign in which they followed supermarket home delivery trucks. But how did they achieve virality?