A group of philanthropies working with Facebook Inc (FB.O) to study the social network’s impact on democracy threatened on Tuesday to quit.
Social Media and Democracy articles on Democracy Chronicles
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For years, Facebook and other social media companies have erred lenience in policing their sites allowing most posts with false information to stay up.
Facebook, Twitter have made claims of disinformation in Hong Kong by China, taking down accounts purportedly used by its regime to spread disinformation.
Trump’s voter ID gripe from 2016 was that voter fraud cost him support. He has resurfaced it as he ramps up his reelection for 2020, but its unfounded.
Democracy scholars Russell Muirhead and Nancy Rosenblum call it “conspiracy without the theory” and unpack the concept in their book A Lot of People Are Saying: The New Conspiracism and the Assault on Democracy.
The authorities have struggled to maintain a balance between regulating against extreme views and hate speech and preserving the right to free speech.
Some media organs are supporting arguments that a Maryland law regulating online political advertising violates the First Amendment.
The problem is pervasive. The FEC had to issue a memo on the problem, and the Brennan Center’s article begins with an alarming warning: “beware.”
Recent events, from Sudan and Algeria to Hong Kong, are the latest indication that political protests have increased in both frequency and size.
Mauritania’s president should ensure the release of Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir, who remains in detention since a court ordered his release in November 2017.