Analysis: Facebook Oversight Board’s Decision Upholding Trump Suspension But Requiring Facebook to Reconsider “Indefinite” Suspension Is Good, But Doesn’t Go Far Enough in Requiring Trump to Abandon Claims of Stolen Election for Platform Restoration

Facebook’s Oversight Board has issued its long-anticipated decision on whether Facebook was correct in removing Trump from the platform given his statements supporting the Capitol insurrection on January 6, 2021. The Board determined that Facebook was correct: “In maintaining an … Continue reading

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“Extremists Find a Financial Lifeline on Twitch; QAnon adherents and other far-right influencers are making thousands of dollars broadcasting election and vaccine conspiracy theories on the streaming site.”

NYT: Twitch comes with a bonus: The service makes it easy for streamers to make money, providing a financial lifeline just as their access to the largest online platforms has narrowed. The site is one of the avenues, along with apps … Continue reading

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“On Google Podcasts, a Buffet of Hate; The platform’s tolerance of white supremacist, pro-Nazi and conspiracy theory content pushes the boundaries of the medium.”

NYT: But even in the world of podcasting, Google Podcasts — whose app has been downloaded more than 19 million times, according to Apptopia — stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content. … Continue reading

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“Lawsuits arrive for networks and lawyers who backed Donald Trump; Dominion and Smartmatic allege that conspiracy theories involving their products are defamatory”

Smart Steve Mazie in The Economist: The First Amendment grants plenty of room for robust debate; plaintiffs seeking damages for defamatory statements face an appropriately steep climb. On the rare occasions when libel or slander claims stick, the defamed entity … Continue reading

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“Do Facebook, Twitter and YouTube censor conservatives? Claims ‘not supported by the facts,’ new research says”

USA Today: Despite repeated charges of anti-conservative bias from former President Trump and other GOP critics, Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube are not slanted against right-leaning users, a new report out of New York University found.Like previous research, “False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim that Social Media … Continue reading

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“‘They Have Not Legitimately Won’: Pro-Trump Media Keeps the Disinformation Flowing

NYT: Forgoing any appeals for healing or reflection, right-wing media organizations that spread former President Donald J. Trump’s distortions about the 2020 election continued on Wednesday to push conspiracy theories about large-scale fraud, with some predicting more political conflict in the months … Continue reading

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“Misinformation Amplifiers Target Georgia Senate Races; The conservative social media personalities who spread baseless rumors of election fraud are starting to focus on the races that will decide control of the Senate.”

NYT: Two weeks ago, the conservative media personalities Diamond and Silk falsely claimed on their Facebook page that people who were not eligible to vote were receiving ballots in Georgia’s special elections next month. Their post was shared more than … Continue reading

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“Social media bet on labels to combat election misinformation. Trump proved it’s not enough”

CNN: Around the election, social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter were praised for how quickly and widely they applied warning labels to misinformation.But President Donald Trump’s 46-minute video last week, which was riddled with election misinformation and conspiracy theories discredited by … Continue reading

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