Social media

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    Slamming the focus on shaming and schadenfreude

    Douglas Murray writes at National Review Online about a disturbing trend in public discourse. [O]nly the worst version of someone’s life contains the information that makes the Internet stop and look. It is pure gold for a network addicted to shaming and schadenfreude. We all know the glee…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019
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    Facebook shouldn’t be the ‘ministry of truth’

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online critiques Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren’s latest proposal involving a social media giant. Warren wants Facebook to certify the truth or falsehood of its political ads. The interesting question is how the standard Warren is demanding of Facebook would play out…
    Mitch Kokai, October 17, 2019
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    Dissing Democrats’ Facebook complaints

    John York and Hans von Spakovsky devote a National Review Online column to an examination of Democrats’ complaints about Facebook’s latest decision. Facebook recently stated that it will neither censor nor “fact-check” statements by politicians on their site. This is great for political speech but — apparently…
    Mitch Kokai, October 9, 2019
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    Biting the hand that feeds: Elizabeth Warren and Facebook edition

    Brent Scher of the Washington Free Beacon finds irony in one of Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s latest crusades. As Elizabeth Warren tangles with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, her presidential campaign continues to use a Facebook tracking tool to quietly record the behavior of its website visitors. Zuckerberg…
    Mitch Kokai, October 3, 2019
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    Pelosi and the Twitter mob

    David Harsanyi of the Federalist responds to news that the U.S. House will move forward with a formal impeachment inquiry against President Trump. To put the Democrats’ newest plans for the impeachment of Donald Trump into perspective, consider this: Nancy Pelosi backed an impeachment inquiry before ever reading…
    Mitch Kokai, September 26, 2019
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    Twitter takes on state-sponsored media ads

    Nic Rowan of the Washington Free Beacon details a social media giant’s response to Chinese government shenanigans. Twitter will no longer support advertisements created by state-sponsored media entities, the social media company announced in a blog post on Monday. “Going forward, we will not accept advertising from state-controlled…
    Mitch Kokai, August 21, 2019
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    National Review columnist tackles latest Twitter tussle

    Kevin Williamson of National Review Online explains how a recent Twitter incident helps bolster his argument about social media’s ills. As you may be aware thanks to my merciless flogging of it, I have a new book out called The Smallest Minority: Independent Thinking in the Age of…
    Mitch Kokai, July 30, 2019
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    Facebook and competition

    Chris White of the Daily Caller reports one former Facebook executive’s reaction to the federal government’s $5 billion fine for the social media giant. Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said Wednesday that people are missing the most important element involved in holding the Silicon Valley company responsible…
    Mitch Kokai, July 26, 2019