Other platforms may be less proactive. After the 2016 election and a bruising Congressional inquiry into Facebook’s ability to control its social network, the site amassed a team of fact-checkers to flag false information (though not to take it down). Political ads, however, have an exemption when it comes to fact-checking. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sees policing political information as fundamentally different from health content. In a conversation with journalists in March, he explained his perspective on this issue: “There are broadly trusted authorities . . . [that] can arbitrate which claims are conspiracy theories or hoaxes and what’s trustworthy and what’s not, which makes this a very different dynamic than trying to be referee of political speech.” He reiterated that sentiment this week when he told Fox News that he didn’t think tech platforms should be “arbiters of truth,” an apparent dig at Twitter’s decision to flag … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
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Gelman, for her part, still has more than a 10% stake in The Wing and remains on the company’s board. The timing of her departure is also convenient, given The Wing has built a business on physical coworking spaces and a robust slate of events. After the coronavirus forced The Wing to shut down its spaces, the company reportedly lost 95% of revenue overnight. (Even before the pandemic, The Wing’s valuation had reportedly dropped from an estimated $365 million to $200 million when WeWork sold its stake.) By stepping down, Gelman—who shored up more than $117 million in funding for The Wing from celebrities and prominent investors—is no longer saddled with a struggling business and can move onto her next venture. … [Read more...] about What are CEOs like Audrey Gelman or Greg Glassman giving up when they resign?
Over the years, members of both houses of Congress have introduced bills to recognize the significance of Juneteenth, but those efforts have so far not panned out. Despite the historical lack of progress on the issue, Kelly Navies, a specialist in oral history at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, said it’s “highly possible” that Juneteenth will one day become a federal holiday, especially given the cultural moment America is experiencing. … [Read more...] about Why Juneteenth is still not a federal holiday, and what supporters are doing to change that
It’s been a rough spring for the Wing, which shot to it biz status in under four years by positioning itself as a glittery boys’ club for women. After the pandemic made sharing indoor space unadvisable, the Wing reported losing 95% of its revenues, closed its 11 locations, and in April laid off or furloughed most of its 475 staffers. … [Read more...] about Audrey Gelman steps down as CEO of women’s co-working space the Wing