Category Archives: social media and social protests

“Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies’ Protections; The move is almost certain to face a court challenge and signals the latest salvo by President Trump to crack down on online platforms.”

NYT: The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail the legal protections that shield social media companies from liability for what gets posted on their platforms, two senior administration officials said early Thursday.Such an order, which… Continue reading

“Facebook Executives Shut Down Efforts to Make the Site Less Divisive; The social-media giant internally studied how it polarizes users, then largely shelved the research”

WSJ: A Facebook Inc. team had a blunt message for senior executives. The company’s algorithms weren’t bringing people together. They were driving people apart.“Our algorithms exploit the human brain’s attraction to divisiveness,” read a slide from a 2018 presentation.… Continue reading

St. Louis Law University Journal Publishes Election Law Symposium Issue, Including My Keynote Childress Lecture, ” Deep Fakes, Bots, and Siloed Justices: American Election Law in a ‘Post-Truth’ World”

Very excited about this, and grateful to Dan Blair, Chad Flanders and the folks at St. Louis U. that made this happen: Childress Lecture Deep Fakes, Bots, and Siloed Justices: American Election Law in a “Post-Truth” WorldRichard L. Hasen… Continue reading

“Want to Find a Misinformed Public? Facebook’s Already Done It; While vowing to police COVID-19 misinformation on its platform, Facebook let advertisers target users interested in ‘pseudoscience'”

The Markup: Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post pledging to combat misinformation about COVID-19 circulating on Facebook.“We’ve taken down hundreds of thousands of pieces of misinformation related to COVID-19, including theories like drinking bleach cures the… Continue reading