Viral “news” sites are exploiting Facebook and other social media channels to make a buck off the ebola scare, but, for now, there appears to be no practical options to stop them.
As the legal budgets of traditional news rooms keep shrinking, they have been unable to fight the public interest battles of the past. Will tech companies be willing or able to pick up that torch?
Twitter appears to have backed down in a legal fight over who can use dead celebrity images. The case could have broader ripples for online expression.