A political leader uses social media to spread misinformation and hate. Followers are spurred to violence. People are killed.It is a toxic brew that has surfaced repeatedly across the world — in Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Brazil and now the United States.Facebook, Twitter and YouTube banned President Trump from their platforms for inciting last week’s deadly … [Read more...] about Facebook banned Trump. Leaders who say worse often go unpunished
Debates about content moderation, especially on social media, have been a background hum throughout Donald Trump’s presidency. Early criticisms of his tone and comportment on the campaign trail morphed into more tangible worries about what a smartphone-happy commander in chief meant for America (Did he just threaten nuclear war in a tweet?) and reached a fever pitch in 2020 as … [Read more...] about The future of Section 230 and internet speech after Trump
One of the nation’s largest labor unions and several ride-share-app drivers in California plan to file a lawsuit with the state Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 22. The California law, approved by voters in November, allows gig companies to continue treating their workers as independent contractors rather than as employees.The Service Employees … [Read more...] about Prop. 22 faces first legal challenge as SEIU, ride-share drivers plan to file suit
Parler. Gab. Rumble. MeWe. DLive. Over the last four years, a small constellation of newish social media sites and web platforms has found favor with those on the political right who see the heavy hand of censorship in Facebook and Twitter’s tightening policies against hate speech and violent rhetoric.Now, with President Trump “permanently suspended” from Twitter and … [Read more...] about Trump without Twitter: Will he move to the ‘Trumpnet’?
The pandemic economy has favored the well-off and made life miserable for the working poor. New motor vehicle sales for 2020 reflect that bifurcated reality.The automobile industry has been “much more focused on higher priced products and more affluent customers” since the pandemic hit, Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, said in the firm’s 2020 year-end … [Read more...] about Many couldn’t afford a car in 2020. The rich went on a buying spree