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    Senator takes on Big Tech

    Emily Jashinsky of the Federalist documents one Republican U.S. senator’s battle against a giant tech firm. Facebook has become a kitchen table issue, and Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., knows it. His aggressive approach to the Silicon Valley giant, and the tech industry more broadly, is both nuanced and…
    Mitch Kokai, May 16, 2019
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    French focuses on social media censorship

    David French of National Review Online highlights a key problem related to social media censorship. … Silicon Valley has lost the public trust of tens of millions of Americans. They know the rules are malleable. They know double standards apply. And they know that the campus-censorship culture is…
    Mitch Kokai, May 9, 2019
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    Facebook and the First Amendment

    Brendan Carr writes for National Review Online about Facebook’s troubled relationship with a basic constitutional right. Facebook is under mounting scrutiny for its approach to moderating online speech. Lawmakers and the public alike have serious questions about the decisions Facebook chooses to make about the things you can…
    Mitch Kokai, April 11, 2019
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    SPLC and social media ties

    Chris White of the Daily Caller reports the latest developments in social media companies’ ties to the controversial Southern Poverty Law Center. Twitter appears to be one of the only big tech companies to back out of an alliance with the Southern Poverty Law Center after the group’s…
    Mitch Kokai, April 9, 2019
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    French ponders the ‘Twitter primary’

    David French of National Review Online considers the impact of social media on the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Certainly the Democratic mainstream has become more liberal, and its left-most cohorts are white, female, college-educated, and young. In other words, I just described many of the key…
    Mitch Kokai, March 21, 2019
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    This weekend on Carolina Journal Radio

    The newly formed N.C. State Board of Elections meets next week to discuss the investigation into absentee ballot irregularities in the disputed 9th District congressional race. Rick Henderson previews the meeting for Carolina Journal Radio. Terry Stoops dissects North Carolina’s latest teacher turnover report. Jonah Goldberg of…
    Mitch Kokai, February 15, 2019
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    Smartphones, social media, and kids

    Charles Fain Lehman of the Washington Free Beacon focuses on the impact of technology on children. Should Congress ban kids from owning smartphones? According to a Thursday night monologue, television firebrand Tucker Carlson thinks the answer is yes. In his nightly speech, the Fox News host inveighed against…
    Mitch Kokai, February 5, 2019
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    Addressing Twitter’s inherent problems

    Noemie Emery of the Washington Examiner uses the Covington high school student controversy to make a larger point about Twitter and its downside. The first take on the big weekend story turned out to be false. … … Unfortunately, by the time the truth had emerged about four…
    Mitch Kokai, January 30, 2019