In the U.S., state governments have largely carried the burden of responsibility for finding and allocating medical resources and determining mitigation policies. This has led to a patchwork response to COVID-19, with governors taking varying approaches to the outbreak. Alabama governor Kay Ivey, for example, didn’t call for residents to shelter-in-place until April 4 and allowed businesses to begin reopening on April 30 with some social distancing rules. New York, by contrast, established its stay-at-home order on March 22. It has begun reopening business in phases but has extended its stay-at-home order until June 13. Donovan says the success of these diverging tactics—New York’s more cautious rules versus Alabama’s aggressive push to reopen— will be judged along political party lines. … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
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Nine out of 10 victims were targeted because of their race, with 37 percent of incidents taking place in public areas, the organization said. Verbal harassment and shunning occurred in over 90 percent of the cases. Victims were physically assaulted, or coughed or spat on, in some 15 percent of cases. … [Read more...] about US Asians, harassed over coronavirus, push back on streets, social media
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?
For the past few years, conservative lawmakers have been threatening to remove the Section 230 protections as a way of pressuring social media platforms to stop removing conservative content, even when it contains misinformation or threatening language. For example, Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri last year proposed a law that would subject social media companies to regulatory audits to prove their sites give equal treatment to conservative and liberal viewpoints. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden
Artists, in turn, can create free accounts to upload their work, browse available walls and express interest in projects. When selected, they are paid 70% of the budget, with the rest going to Beautify, which handles the logistics of approvals, contracting, insurance and payment. The net proceeds of Beautify’s 30% for the murals in the “Back to the Streets” campaign will flow back to the nonprofit for its work in schools and underserved communities, according to Shustak. … [Read more...] about Coronavirus pandemic | Murals send a message of hope in grim times