Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Clarence Thomas Wants to Rethink Internet Speech. Be Afraid

Senator Josh Hawley, who wants to strip Section 230 protections from platforms if they moderate misinformation in political speech, cited Thomas’ memo and asked Barrett her views about it.Pai gave us a hint of his thinking: “Social media companies have a First Amendment right to free speech,” he wrote.

How to Win Any Debate

How to Win Any Debate

If you want this discussion to be more productive than your last argument on Facebook, here are some strategies to help make sure you don’t walk away stressed out, having wasted your time and energy.If you’re going to debate someone else, it’s helpful for you to make similar decisions about what you want to accomplish.

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Anti-Quarantine Protests Are Dangerous and Weird

Our intended audience might get the point and understand that protesting stay-at-home orders and actually staying at home are not equally valid public health positions.

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement

Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement

President Donald Trump announced Friday that the US government’s coronavirus testing apparatus, which has lagged badly behind other developed nations , would soon get an assist from Google.

Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

Republican Politicians Really Like Their Videogames Too

The biggest deal, most likely, is that a fake-news-slamming, deep-state-truthing member of Congress pleaded guilty to stealing campaign funds for, among many other things, videogames.Destiny 2 and Snoop Dogg are also making the gaming news rounds this week.

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

China Says Bitcoin Is Wasteful. Now It Wants to Ban Mining

An executive who works closely with Chinese mining firms told WIRED that although the ban was widely expected to move forward, miners expect it will take years for the government to fully rein in their operations.

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

‘Change My View’ Reddit Community Launches Its Own Website

Turnbull sees a world where Change A View helps internet commenters see eye-to-eye, where the platform breaks us out of our online filter bubbles, and where we re-learn how to talk to each other online. Elena Musi, a researcher who has studied argumentation on r/changemyview, says the rules make the community conversation different than other platforms online.

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

Facebook Messenger Lets You Unsend Now. Why Doesn't Every App?

(Also note that Facebook apparently did not bother asking those questions when giving the power to Zuckerberg and other company executives.) “With a feature like Remove Message, we wanted to carefully balance flexibility and control with protecting our users from abuse of the feature,” says a Facebook spokesperson.

Commenting Back on Online Harassment by Making It Into Art

Commenting Back on Online Harassment by Making It Into Art

The internet gives people a false sense of protection; you have to accept that others will respond.” By playing up the caricature when she portrays her harassers, the effect is twofold: The photos offer testament to Morris-Cafiero’s underlying sentiment, as well catharis to anyone who feels somehow complicit in her turning the tables.Cafiero collected over a thousand online comments for The Bully Pulpit.Haley Morris-CafieroAnd from the muses of the project?

Angela Elzir

Angela Elzir

She works on a range of operational and analytical projects focusing on the areas of youth employment, jobs and labor markets, and also has experience on social safety nets, community driven development and education.

Climate change: the Brexit threat

Climate change: the Brexit threat

There is a tacky interface between industry and government when it comes to public health or the environment, and it is abundantly clear that Brexit is fatally shifting the balance towards deregulation (“Green watchdog will lack bite after Brexit”, News).

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

Facebook's Conservative Watchdog Will Take McCain's Senate Seat

In late August, The New York Times reported that an extremely small group of Facebook employees have internally argued that the company isn't welcoming to conservative viewpoints.In recent months, a number of conservative lawmakers, including President Trump, have also accused tech companies like Google and Facebook of suppressing right-wing content, and have questioned whether they should be regulated as a result.Kyl’s appointment comes just one day before representatives from Twitter, Google, and Facebook are set to testify again before the Senate.In April, for example, when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress, half a dozen Republican lawmakers questioned whether the social network had suppressed content produced by conservative commentators Diamond and Silk.