Social media

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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
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    Privacy and the social media giants

    Michael Brendan Dougherty of National Review Online describes efforts to reclaim privacy in a world dominated by social media giants. [W]e know that Facebook, Google, and other tech companies do things that are almost more insidious than responding to what we say in private. The scope of their…
    Mitch Kokai, June 20, 2019
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    Conservatives and Big Tech censorship

    Emily Jashinsky writes for the Federalist about conservatives’ attitudes toward big tech companies’ censorship. One glaring lesson of the last four years is that making assumptions about the Republican electorate is a dangerous game. Yet I’m told in the pages of National Review it’s a “blunt truth” that…
    Mitch Kokai, June 11, 2019
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    Google this: anti-conservative bias

    Arthur Bloom of the Daily Caller highlights the latest dubious action from Google. The Republican Google engineer who penned an open letter about the company’s “outrage mobs” and “witch hunts” was fired on Friday, The Daily Caller has learned. Last Wednesday, Mike Wacker was put on paid administrative…
    Mitch Kokai, June 7, 2019