It’s hard to believe but the first month of 2019 has already elapsed, and the media industry got off to a headline-making start across multiple sectors. Here, we look at some of the key media tech trends from January.
1. Regulation, regulation, regulation
The calls for greater social media regulation grew louder in January, as Sir Nick Clegg gave his first public interview since joining Facebook. The former UK Deputy Prime Minister, now vice-president for Global Affairs and Communications for the social media giant, spoke to the BBC’s media editor following the death of 14 year old British schoolgirl, Molly Russell, who tragically took her own life after being exposed to self-harm and suicide content on Instagram.
“I think there is actually a case,” Clegg told the BBC for greater, for greater regulation of social media. “Clearly governments, and particularly democratically elected governments as in Britain and elsewhere, have a real role in setting the rules and the boundaries for the internet.” The former Liberal Democrat Leader also said that greater attention needed to be paid in insuring that internationally-reaching companies pay a fair amount of tax in the territories they are operating in.