Yes, we wear poppies. But we don’t print our faces onto them

18 November 2015 15:57

‘What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?’ asks my colleague…

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What’s worse: people who add French flags to their Facebook profiles, or those who sneer at them?

18 November 2015 10:41

Robert Frost famously defined poetry as the moment when emotion finds thought, and the thought finds words. But in the…


A big ‘like’ to the ‘dislike’ button – Facebook should be a forum, not an echo chamber

16 September 2015 11:37

Stormy seas ahead for the virtue signallers of this world. Mark Zuckerberg has indicated that he may soon introduce a…

Labour's candidate for Leader Liz Kendal takes part in a hustings in The Old Fruitmarket, Candleriggs on July 10, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Liz Kendall’s Facebook Q&A offers a window into the Labour party’s madness

14 July 2015 19:48

Liz Kendall spent an hour on Facebook this evening answering questions from Labour supporters. Those sitting on a social network on…

Royal Opera's controversial new production of Rossini's William Tell. Photo: Clive Barda

Boo the knee-jerk reaction to William Tell not the rape scene

1 July 2015 13:05

‘I blame Princess Diana’, was my guest’s response to it all. Certainly, there is much we might lay at the…


Mass surveillance is being undermined by the ‘Snowden effect’

2 June 2015 14:28

We are in the middle of a Crypto war again. Perhaps we have always been in the middle of a…

Day Four - The Labour Party Holds Its Annual Party Conference

Andy Burnham’s barmy online army

29 May 2015 10:03

Andy Burnham’s campaign has ensured he remains the current favourite to be the next Labour leader. Part of his nascent…

Do independent publishers realise what they are signing up for? (Photo: Simon Lees/Getty)

Do Google and Facebook threaten the free press?

20 May 2015 12:50

What are newspapers for? The answer, of course, is not just to tell us what’s going on and explain the…

Nicola Sturgeon taking a selfie. Getty Images.

This is a social media election. But in the most miserable, sinister way

24 April 2015 13:29

A friend of mine was notorious at university for photoshopping every single photo of her that went onto Facebook. Every…


The ‘Darknet’ is dangerous. It’s also deeply democratic

12 March 2015 14:39

The ‘Darknet’ is in the spotlight. Over the past few months, stories of paedophile rings, drug empires and terrorist organisations…

Fackbook Acquires WhatsApp For $16 Billion

Monitoring social media is easier said than done

26 February 2015 17:43

The three British girls who packed their bags and took a flight to Turkey have apparently crossed the border into Syria. Their…

A screenshot of the hacked Malaysia Airlines website

Are the members of hacker group Lizard Squad cyberterrorists or cybervandals?

27 January 2015 11:14

Another day, another hack. This morning, Facebook and Instagram went dark. Facebook has blamed a technical glitch; ‘Lizard Squad’ celebrated another…

Facebook officials chose the 'sceptical' room for their meeting with Ukip

Coffee Shots: Facebook HQ ‘sceptical’ of Ukip

20 January 2015 10:00

When Ukip officials arrived at Facebook HQ for a meet-and-greet, they were surprised to be led to a boardroom that went…

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Facebook’s founder asked his 31 million followers to pick up a book. That can only be good news

6 January 2015 12:25

It’s the private messages Mark Zuckerberg will have sent early in the new year that I’d really like to see.…


Why do internet companies have one rule for paedophilia and another for terrorism?

19 December 2014 12:52

Today’s Times investigation into how the Islamic State is encouraging young British women to marry into this terrorist organisation is chilling.…

The Facebook logo is reflected in the eye of a girl surfing the internet. Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Podcast: Geeks vs spooks, a three-way Tory split and Theresa May’s manoeuvrings

27 November 2014 8:34

Are the nerds of Silicon Valley responsible for harbouring terrorists? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Hugo Rifkind and James…

A picture taken on May 14, 2012 in Paris, shows an illustration made with a figurine set up in front of Facebook's homepage

Facebook insists it does tackle terrorism as finger points at site for Rigby messages

25 November 2014 18:24

Facebook is responsible for hosting a conversation Rigby murderer Michael Adebowale had about killing a solider, according to the Telegraph. Both…

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The horrid, helpful egg-freezing scheme at Facebook and Apple

16 October 2014 13:08

Was the chief operating officer of Facebook, one Sheryl Sandberg, involved, do you reckon, in the company’s exciting invitation to…

The spokesman of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam, "Abu Ubaida," in

When it comes to jihad porn, abstinence is best

13 August 2014 15:27

This feature is a preview from this week’s Spectator, out tomorrow: I am sure we’re all in agreement that watching…

It's time to get drunk on poetry - The Poetry Recital by A Gatty (Image: The Art Archive/ Burcardo Theatre, Rome)

Poemination: the antidote to idiocy

24 February 2014 17:10

Do you know any poems off by heart? I don’t. When I was younger, I used to. My favourite poem…

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The way to build Tech UK: ‘Think big. Start small. Move fast’

29 November 2013 15:19

The panel discussion entitled ‘Can the UK produce the next Facebook?’ carried The Spectator audience on a stimulating journey from…

Silicon Roundabout is full of tech startups. Will they be able to mimic Silicon Valley? Photo: Getty Images.

Can Silicon Valley ever be replicated in London?

26 November 2013 11:41

Trying to clone Silicon Valley has been a cornerstone of this coalition’s business policy. Rohan Silva, until recently the PM’s…

Has the UK become a surveillance state? Illustration: Stephen Collins.

UK government is one of the world’s top pryers into user data on Facebook and Twitter

28 August 2013 10:30

Our government loves to snoop. Nick Cohen explained in the Spectator last year why Britain is becoming a surveillance state,…

Should we be worried if Google rules the world?

Interview with a writer: Evgeny Morozov

26 April 2013 10:15

Evgeny Morozov is an iconoclast. He believes that technology, if abused or misused, has the potential to make society less…


‘Vote for Romney and I’ll unfriend you’: why I won’t debate politics on Facebook

20 December 2012 12:22

On July 4, 2009, the day Sarah Palin announced that she would step down from the Governorship of Alaska, the…