Then on Tuesday night, Twitter made an unprecedented move to fact-check President Trump. The platform applied a label to one of his tweets that said using mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. The little blue note at the bottom of the tweet encouraged readers to “get the facts” on mail-in ballots. The warning label was used as an extension of Twitter’s policy against misleading COVID-19 information, because the mail-in ballots Trump was referring to were being used because of stay-at-home restrictions related to the virus. In an interview explaining the decision, Twitter VP of Communications Brandon Borrman told OneZero’s Will Oremus, “The company needed to do what’s right.” … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
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It goes a little deeper than that, according to psychologist and writer Rob Brotherton. In his book, Suspicious Minds, he lays out the argument that it’s the mind’s built-in biases that make conspiracy theories compelling. They tap into some of our deepest desires, fears and assumptions about the world and its people. To illustrate this, he delves into events such as the JFK assassination, the 9/11 attacks, and the Sandy Hook shootings. He also goes further back to examine the supposedly shadowy role of the Illuminati, and the anti-Semitic backlash over the debunked Protocols of the Elders of Zion. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic: Dealing with an infection of conspiracy theories
As the vehicle and the novel progress, currencies tumble and banks fail. Packer dreams of living “in a chip, on a disk, as data, in whirl, in radiant spin, a consciousness saved from void”. Not so different from the dreams of some techno-futurists today. With typical bravado, he plans to extend the human experience “toward infinity as a medium for corporate growth and investment, for the accumulation of profits and vigorous reinvestment”. … [Read more...] about Reading Don Delillo’s ‘Cosmopolis’ during social and financial uncertainty
But don’t let the pundits and big platforms tell you this is a battle between politics and tech. It’s a battle between a handful of high-profile politicians and a handful of high-profile platforms. Tech is not a monolith. What’s good for Facebook isn’t necessarily good for innovation. Trump is only pursuing this issue out of ego and spite, but limiting the reach of the giant platforms may be exactly what we need to create the next generation of truly great social networks. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?
The order comes in retaliation to Twitter’s decision to fact-check a presidential tweet containing misinformation about absentee voting. Twitter’s move marks the first time a major social media platform has provided fact-based context for President Trump’s tweets, which are often full of misinformation. As the 2020 election heats up, the decision may lead to more questions about when Twitter should apply a misinformation label and when it shouldn’t. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden