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Immunity for social media platforms is challenged

Sep 24, 2020
The Trump administration and some lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to change the way companies like Facebook handle problematic user posts.
A person looking at tweets from President Trump's account that were flagged by Twitter. The Trump administration is proposing that Congress limit immunity given to internet companies.
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Here's what civil rights leaders want from Facebook

"It shouldn't be my nonprofit that has to be monitoring and focusing its energy on a corporation that makes $70 billion a year," said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson.
Many of the companies boycotting Facebook are major brands with big budgets.
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Facebook's oversight board is finally here. How will it affect content moderation?

May 7, 2020
The group will decide some of the thorniest issues surrounding hate speech, harassment and privacy.
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8chan struggles to stay online after El Paso shooting

Critics say the online forum enables the spread of hate speech.
People light candles during a vigil after the shooting at the Cielo Vista Mall Walmart in El Paso, Texas, on Aug. 4.
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A new toolkit to help tech companies be more ethical

Sep 4, 2018
Tech giants keep struggling to understand how their platforms affect society. A game designer has a new solution.
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Facebook finally takes action against hate speech in Myanmar. Is it enough?

Aug 29, 2018
The social media platform plays an outsized role in spreading news ... and hate speech in the country.

What role should governments play in regulating speech online?

Aug 24, 2018
"Many people ... trust these big tech companies frankly more than they do their politicians," Politico's chief technology correspondent says.

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Hate groups sidestep Big Tech

Sep 18, 2017
Alternative crowdfunding site Hatreon is among the niche platforms that don't care if their users are neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
Andrew Knight holds a sign of Pepe the frog, a conservative icon, during a rally in Berkeley, California back in April of this year.

Facebook let ad buyers target hate groups

Sep 15, 2017
ProPublica reporters investigated a tip and found that they could spend $30 to purchase Facebook ads specifically targeted to “Jew haters” and other anti-Semitic groups. ProPublica alerted Facebook, and the site said such ad audience options were the result of algorithms that automatically create categories based on the interests expressed by Facebook users. Facebook said it […]

Can HR tell you what not to do and say outside of the office?

Aug 18, 2017
In the wake of white nationalist rallies in Charlottesville, a discussion of free speech and hate speech as they relate to the workplace.
A crowd marches from the White House on August 13, 2017 in Washington, DC, to a statue of Confederate General Albert Pike, the only member of the Confederate military with an outdoor statue in US capital, during a vigil in response to the death of a counter-protestor in the August 12th 'Unite the Right' rally that turnd violent in Charlottesville, Virginia.