Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Zuckerberg Doubles Down on Free Speech—the Facebook Way

Maybe the most powerful part of the speech was when he said, “I’m not going to be around forever,” and so he thinks it essential to deeply embed free speech values into Facebook so the company continues giving voice to people long after he’s gone.

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

DNC Hackers Resurface, Zuckerberg Talks Free Speech, and More News

A dangerous hacker group resurfaced, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a long-winded defense of Facebook, and Volvo is going green.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

The Guy Who Wrote Facebook's Content Rules Says Its Politician Hate Speech Exemption Is 'Cowardice'

The Guy Who Wrote Facebook's Content Rules Says Its Politician Hate Speech Exemption Is 'Cowardice'

That essay is notable not just for its well-argued points but for who wrote it: Dave Willner is Facebook’s former head of content standards.

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

Tesla's Million-Mile Battery, Greta Thunberg's UN Speech, and More News

A lofty Elon Musk promise may soon be realized, a teen activist blistered members of the UN, and we have some recommendations for fitness trackers.You can sign up right here to make sure you get the news delivered fresh to your inbox every weekday!

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

An End to Pornography, Sophistry, and Panty Raids

My hunch was confirmed later that year, at a tech conference in Oslo, when Dame Marina Warner, the visionary polymath and today the president of the Royal Society of Literature, fielded a disturbing question about pornography from the illustrious philosopher and early Edge member John Searle.

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

Cloudflare Ditches 8chan. What Happens Now?

What Happens Now. Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince announced Sunday that his company would stop providing protection for internet for 8chan, after a series of mass shooting manifestos were posted on the forum.

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

Drag Queen vs. David Duke: Whose Tweets Are More 'Toxic'?

If such AI tools are entrusted with the power to police content online, they have the potential to suppress legitimate speech and censor the use of specific words, particularly by vulnerable groups.

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook’s New Content Moderation Tools Put Posts in Context

Facebook has begun pilot tests of new content moderation tools and policies after an external audit raised numerous issues with the company’s current approach to tackling hate speech.

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

Zuckerberg Defends Free Speech, Even When the Speech is False

“We exist in a society where people value and cherish free expression, and the ability to say things including satire,” Mark Zuckerberg said Wednesday. It wasn’t long after Mark Zuckerberg took the stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival Wednesday that he was heckled by the audience.

More Data on Content Moderation Won't Silence Facebook’s Critics

More Data on Content Moderation Won't Silence Facebook’s Critics

In its third Content Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook laid out the sheer amount of prohibited content that appears on its platform, including fake accounts, spam, terrorist propaganda, child sexual exploitation, hate speech, bullying, nudity, violence, and the sale of regulated goods.

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Chris Hughes Is Right: We Should Dismantle Facebook

Facebook’s last creative gasp was an effort called Creative Labs, which launched long-forgotten apps like Slingshot and Rooms, and was shuttered in 2015.Or consider the team I worked on while at Facebook, ads.

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

Google May Have Finally Made a Truly Usable Voice Assistant

CEO Sundar Pichai called that a “milestone” because it means software that traditionally lives in Google’s cloud servers can be installed in Pixel smartphones Google will launch later this year, allowing the devices to respond to a person’s voice much more quickly.

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

Facebook Can Ban Whomever It Wants. Just Ask Trump's Lawyers

If the Trump administration believes that the President's own Twitter account can't infringe on people's free speech rights, then it seems dubious at best to claim that a privately-owned company with no ties to the government can, Citron says.

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Watch Hannah Gadsby's TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy. At TED 2019, Hannah Gadsby gave a speech full of contradictions, jokes, and harsh truths.

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

The Machine That Reads Your Mind (Kinda) and Talks (Sorta)

If a person has one in their head, while they talk, Chang’s team can take readings from their motor cortex—recording the activity corresponding to speech or, more specifically, the movement of the mouth, the tongue, and the jaw.

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

John Legend Is Your New Google Assistant—Listen for Yourself

DeepMind says blind listening tests found the new technology reduced the perceived gap between real and fake voices by more than half, compared with prior methods like synthesizing sentences piecemeal from a library of speech sounds.

Proposing a 'Declaration of Digital Independence'

Proposing a 'Declaration of Digital Independence'

There cannot be a decentralized social media network unless there are rules that are held in common among an arbitrarily large, open group of publishers and readers—for example, standards for types of content and protocols for transmitting and displaying it.

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle

Elon Musk Says Tweeting Is Free Speech in His SEC Battle The Tesla CEO's legal team argues that the SEC’s attempt to limit Musk’s tweeting is a violation of his First Amendment rights to free speech.

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

Nancy Pelosi's Clap at the State of the Union Tops This Week's Internet News

What Really Happened: Welp, after a lot of political rigamarole, President Trump gave his State of the Union speech last week—and what a speech it was.

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

The 2018 Internet Moments That Made Being Online Worth It

In April, actor Adam Pally took the stage at the 11th annual Shorty Awards in New York City with a blinkered expression on his face, as though he'd just realized he was at an event honoring achievements in categories like "Native Advertising" and "Twitter Presence." Pally's response was less savage than it was self-loathingly honest: "Why are people getting awards?" he asked to a room full of Instagram celebs and marketing execs.

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

AI Has Started Cleaning Up Facebook, but Can It Finish?

Facebook says it is expanding its relationship with Nigerian fact checking organizations and NGOs—as well as its use of machine learning to flag hate speech and violent images.Invited to look ahead, Schroepfer, Facebook’s chief technology officer, concedes that preventing incidents like that from ever happening is impossible.

What Infowars' Alex Jones and Voldemort Have in Common

What Infowars' Alex Jones and Voldemort Have in Common

We’re dealing with three ideas that are structurally in tension: that hate speech, harassment, false accusations, and baseless conspiracies (like antivaccination claims) cause real harm; that free speech is a crucial value; and that it’s necessary to deal with algorithmic amplification and attention-­gamers.Legislators, courts, users, and the platforms themselves have to be involved.

Facing UK Regulation, Big Tech Sends a Lobbyist to London

Facing UK Regulation, Big Tech Sends a Lobbyist to London

But while lawmakers on Capitol Hill have spent the last two years handwaving and making empty threats against Big Tech, regulators in the UK have been getting to work, strengthening their data privacy laws and taking steps toward more restrictions around content online.Now, the Internet Association, the lobbying firm that represents the likes of Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Amazon, is opening an office in London.

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free ReachJabin Botsford/The Washington Post/Getty ImagesThe algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them.“Trump Accuses Google of Burying Conservative News in Search Results,” reads an August 28 New York Times headline.

Richard Di Natale: I will work with Labor to get action on climate change

Richard Di Natale: I will work with Labor to get action on climate change

Richard Di Natale says Greens will work with Labor on climate but knows that major parties ‘won’t stand up to their corporate donors at the big end of town’. The Greens leader Richard Di Natale will promise to work with a new Labor government to get action on climate change back on track.

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

World leaders who deny climate change should go to mental hospital – Samoan PM

Speaking at the Lowy Institute, just days before the beginning of the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru, the Samoan prime minister seemed to take a swipe at Australia’s commitment to minimising the impact of climate change, which he called the “single greatest threat to the livelihood, security and wellbeing peoples of the Pacific”.