Social media

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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
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    Facebook changes affect conservative, liberal outlets

    Chris White of the Daily Caller explores the political impact of recent Facebook algorithm changes. Facebook recently changed its algorithms to steer focus away from explicitly political content, but now that alteration is laying waste to conservative and liberal outlets. Conservative pundit Deneen Borelli laid into Facebook last…
    Mitch Kokai, July 16, 2019
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    Google and microaggressions

    Arthur Bloom of the Daily Caller highlights interesting internal documents from tech giant Google. The newsletters provide insight into both genuinely troubling human resources issues and the prevalence of left-wing discourse within the company. Most items are submitted by Googlers, except where otherwise noted. In particular, there are…
    Mitch Kokai, June 27, 2019
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    Digging deeper into social media

    Michael Brendan Dougherty authors a National Review Online column with a simple, provocative headline: “What is Facebook?” Right now the debate has been about the difference between platforms and publishers. National Review Online is a publication. Our comments section, though moderated, is a platform. A publication is legally…
    Mitch Kokai, June 26, 2019
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    New Carolina Journal Online features

    Lindsay Marchello reports for Carolina Journal Online on U.S. Senate legislation that would make it easier for people to sue Big Tech companies over political bias. Roy Cordato’s Daily Journal focuses on flag burning and free speech.
    Mitch Kokai, June 21, 2019
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    A proposal targeting Big Tech’s politics

    Chris White of the Daily Caller highlights a new proposal focusing on Big Tech’s political bias. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley introduced legislation Wednesday that would force tech companies to prove their political neutrality or face increased liability for use-made content. Hawley introduced the Ending Support for Internet…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019