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The psychology of moral grandstanding

Moral grandstanding is the use of moral talk for self-promotion. Moral grandstanders have egotistical motives: they may want to signal that they have superhuman insight into a topic, paint themselves as a victim, or show that they care more than others.Moral philosophers view moral grandstanding as a net negative. They argue that it contributes to political polarization, increases levels of cynicism about moral talk and its value in public life, and it causes outrage exhaustion.Grandstanders are...
Tags: Morality, Philosophy, Internet, Social media, Politics, Debate, Emotions, Psychology


Fascism and conspiracy theories: The symptoms of broken communication

The world was saner when we spoke face-to-face, argues John Cameron Mitchell. Not looking someone in the eye when you talk to them raises the potential for miscommunication and conflict.Social media has been an incredible force for activism and human rights, but it's also negatively affected our relationship with the media. We are now bombarded 24/7 with news that either drives us to anger or apathy.Sitting behind a screen makes polarization worse, and polarization is fertile ground for conspira...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Communication, Society, Innovation, Cameron, Fear, Emotions, John Cameron Mitchell, Humanity, Big Problems


The World Wants to Fight Online Hate. Why Doesn’t President Trump?

The White House foolishly rejected an international effort to stop the spread of extremism and violence on the internet.
Tags: News, White House, Social Media, United States, New Zealand, Christchurch, Trump, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Donald J, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Instagram Inc, Attack (March 2019


Trump Wants Your Social Media Gripes — And Zip Code, Email And Phone Number

The White House on Wednesday asked social media users to submit their tales of suspected political bias by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and others. It also asked for a lot of personal information, with little explanation of how it would be used. “The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online,” read a White House tweet Wednesday. “No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it!” The Trump Adminis...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, White House, Censorship, Social Media, The White House, Fox News, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Dorsey, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Trump, Sen Ted Cruz, Facebook Twitter


The Trump Administration Turns Its Back on a Chance to Fight Online Extremism

The White House rejected an international effort to stop the spread of hate and violence on the internet. Its reasons are specious and counterproductive.
Tags: News, White House, Social Media, United States, New Zealand, Christchurch, Trump, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Donald J, Freedom of Speech and Expression, Instagram Inc, Attack (March 2019


Dan Scavino: The Meteoric Rise Of A Golf Club Manager To Trump’s Right-Hand Man

Dan Scavino, the chief of President Donald Trump’s social media strategy, has become one of the President’s most trusted confidants. The brains behind the “Game of Thrones”-themed tweets, Scavino knows Trump so well that he can imitate his online voice perfectly down to the bizarre capitalization, according to Politico. Trump increasingly calls Scavino in for affirmation about his policies and hires, hungering for confirmation that he’s maintaining popularity with his base. The mild-mannered ...
Tags: News, White House, Social Media, Donald Trump, Trump, Dan Scavino, Politico Trump, Scavino, Kate Riga, Trump s Right Hand Man


Trump Admin Creates Web Portal for Supporters to Complain About Getting Banned on Social Media

Donald Trump has made absolutely no secret of his feelings on free speech: He hates it when it’s not servile paeans to him and his agenda. He’s called for opening up “libel laws” to make it easier to sue journalistic outfits, issued (empty) threats to revoke the broadcast licenses of TV outlets that embarrass him,…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, White House, Social Media, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Trump, Tech Policy, Mods Mods, Freedom Of Speech Is Not Freedom From Consequences


White House launches social media survey to collect Conservative tears

The Trump administration on Wednesday launched launched a new tool where pissed off Conservatives can whine about social media bias. So long as they’re legal citizens, anyway. For Conservatives like Trump, a man who rose to prominence on the backs of the social networks he’s now convinced are out to get him, the argument isn’t a new one. Republicans have, since before the last Presidential Election, been rallying support for the idea that these platforms were silencing right-wing voices. Never m...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Opinion, White House, Social Media, Insider, Trump, Oval Office Too


The White House wants to know if you’ve been ‘censored or silenced’ by social media

It’s no secret that the Trump administration has been at war with social media. In the past year, the President has accused several online giants of censoring conservative voices, in particular giants like Twitter, Google and Facebook. The Trump Administration is fighting for free speech online. No matter your views, if you suspect political bias has caused you to be censored or silenced online, we want to hear about it! https://t.co/9lc0cqUhuf pic.twitter.com/J8ICbx42dz — The White House ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, White House, Social Media, Tech, Policy, Jack Dorsey, Trump, Donald J Trump, Oval Office, Facebook Instagram Twitter, Twitter Google, President Trump, Facebook The Trump Administration


America Will Not Join Call To Stop Extremism Online, Because Republicans Like Winning Elections, I Guess

It would appear the White House thinks violent extremism is a feature, not a bug.
Tags: Law, Government, White House, America, Social Media, Terrorism, First Amendment


White House Refuses to Support 'Christchurch Call' That Condemns Extremism Online, Releases Absolutely Bonkers Statement

The White House has declined to endorse a non-binding response condemning the spread of hate speech and terrorist radicalization on social media. The response, dubbed the “Christchurch Call,” was written in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand and livestreamed on…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Microsoft, France, White House, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Live, Emmanuel Macron, White Nationalism, Paris accord, President Trump


White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Extremism

of New Zealand and President Emmanuel Macron of France were gathered in Paris to sign what they call the “Christchurch Call.”Citing free speech protections in the United States, the Trump administration said it would not endorse the ‘Christchurch Call,’ which calls for the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content online.
Tags: Twitter, News, France, White House, Social Media, United States, Terrorism, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Macron, Computers and the Internet


White House Says It Won’t Sign Global Pact for Tougher Measures on Online Violence

of New Zealand and President Emmanuel Macron of France were gathered in Paris to sign what they call the “Christchurch Call.”Citing free speech protections in the United States, the Trump administration said it would not endorse the ‘Christchurch Call,’ which calls for the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content online.
Tags: Twitter, News, France, White House, Social Media, United States, Terrorism, Paris, New Zealand, Christchurch, Trump, Emmanuel Macron, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Macron, Computers and the Internet


Jess Phillips calls on social media sites to end hate speech profits

Labour MP also calls for political candidates to be banned from discussing raping politiciansThe Labour MP Jess Phillips has called for social media companies to stop hate preachers from profiting, calling for political candidates to be banned from discussing raping politicians.YouTube stripped the Ukip candidate Carl Benjamin’s account from its ability to earn money on Friday, after he joked about raping Phillips. Continue reading...
Tags: Politics, Youtube, Social Media, Society, UK News, Labour, Hate Crime, Jess Phillips, UK Independence party (Ukip


Want to squelch fake news? Let the readers take charge

Would you like to rid the internet of false political news stories and misinformation? Then consider using — yes — crowdsourcing.That's right. A new study co-authored by an MIT professor shows that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources may effectively marginalize false news stories and other kinds of online misinformation."What we found is that, while there are real disagreements among Democrats and Republicans concerning mainstream news outlets, basically everybody — Democrat...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Media, Internet, America, Social Media, Journalism, Mit, Democrats, Innovation, Fox News, Msnbc, Rand, Breitbart


Google tells U.S. House it spends 'hundreds of millions' on content review each year, found +1M 'terrorist videos' on YouTube in Q1 2019

Alphabet, parent company of Google and YouTube, told a U.S. House panel that it spends hundreds of millions of dollars on reviewing content each year, and claims to have identified at least one million “terrorist videos” on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019. Alphabet/Google/YouTube disclosed this information to lawmakers in an April 24 letter that was made public on Thursday. The letter claims that a “manual review” by YouTube content moderation workers found 90,000 videos violated YouTub...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Youtube, Social Media, Tech, US news, New Zealand, Terrorists, Reuters, Rose, Microsoft Corp


Get Information on Facebook Advertisers With These Tools

We hear a lot about the problem of Facebook ads—whether it’s about user information being tracked for targeted ads, or fishy groups using ads to spread misinformation. Just look at the effects on our political landscape: we have voters and politicians who spout false information, often just because they saw it on…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Privacy, Social Networks, Social Media, Lifehacks


Here’s what Democratic presidential hopefuls say about AI on Twitter (not much)

In the era of Trumpian politics the public forum is no longer the evening news or the morning paper: it’s Twitter. We decided to see which politicians were embracing the platform to discuss what we feel will be one of the most important issues of their potential presidency: artificial intelligence. What we found wasn’t good. We gathered a list of every AI-related tweet 2020 Democratic hopefuls sent over the past 12 months. Our expectation was that there’d be a few thousand or so, and we’d spend ...
Tags: Startups, Twitter, Politics, Social Media, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots


MPs criticise social media firms for failure to report criminal posts

Facebook, Google and Twitter condemned for not telling police about crimes on their platformsFacebook, Google and Twitter have been criticised by a UK parliamentary committee for their refusal to report users to the police when they remove criminal posts.Representatives of all three companies appeared in front of the home affairs select committee to discuss their progress on tackling hate speech and terrorism on their platforms. But MPs said they were shocked to learn that none of the companies ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Politics, UK, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Youtube, Social Media, Society, UK News, Digital Media, Yvette Cooper, UK security and counter-terrorism


Trump Is at His Most Relatable Complaining About Losing Twitter Followers

 President Trump met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today, and according to the Washington Post, the leader of the free world spent a significant amount of time complaining to Dorsey about his perception that Twitter has intentionally lowered his follower count.Read more...
Tags: Twitter, Science, Washington Post, White House, Social Media, Jack Dorsey, Donald Trump, Dorsey, Trump, Twitter followers, Trump Administration


White House Memo: This Just In! Waiting for Mueller, Trump Passes Time Commenting on the News

In speeches, in interviews and on Twitter this week, the president has been a kind of town crier as he opines on the day’s news developments.
Tags: Twitter, Television, News, White House, Social Media, Tiger, Nancy, Anthony, Woods, Trump, Sanders, Bernard, Donna, Pelosi, Brazile, United States Politics and Government


I invested in Facebook. By 2016, I couldn’t stay silent.

Investor Roger McNamee joined Facebook as an early investor when the company was just two years old.In this video, he explains why he went from Facebook supporter to public critic, and why he came to write the book "Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe".The next billion dollars Facebook makes means nothing if it doesn't reform its practices, says McNamee. Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by now at amazone --> ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Internet, Social Media, Ethics, Innovation, Humanity, Roger McNamee, Facebook Catastrophe, McNamee Zucked


SDF Podcast 27: When April Fool’s meets Groundhog Day

Tweet So this is the episode when the three stooges of the SmallDataForum were meant to reflect wistfully on what was Great Britain exiting Greater Europe. The irony of recording this on April Fool’s Day wasn’t lost on us. Brexit Fool’s day is every day, these days. Our resident classicist Sam even managed to squeeze in Juvenal’s Satire VI, and even though the reference was in regard to another April Fool’s – Facebook regulation, haha – Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes might just as w...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Business, Politics, Technology, London, Social Networks, Internet, Youtube, Germany, Russia, US, Trends, Social Media, Communication


The political jostling behind Tory internet crackdown

Online harms white paper fuses work of DCMS and Home Office, led by PM hopeful Sajid JavidSajid Javid’s warning social media companies face “serious consequences” if they don’t keep users safe marks one of the biggest incursions by the Home Office into the world of media regulation since the issue was hived off from the department in the 1990s.The online harms white paper meshes together the work of officials at the Home Office, who have been pushing for a tough crackdown on tech companies from ...
Tags: Politics, Technology, Internet, Social Media, Conservatives, UK News, Digital Media, Home Office, Internet Safety, Sajid Javid, Department for Digital Culture Media, Sajid JavidSajid Javid


Internet crackdown raises fears for free speech in Britain

Critics say online harms white paper could lead to North Korean-style censorshipCritics of the government’s flagship internet regulation policy are warning it could lead to a North Korean-style censorship regime, where regulators decide which websites Britons are allowed to visit, because of how broad the proposals are.The mooted legislation, launched on Monday in the online harms white paper, covers any website that “allows users to share or discover user-generated content, or interact with eac...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Internet, Social Media, UK News, Britain, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Freedom Of Information


EU proposal requires platforms to delete ‘terrorist content’ in 1 hour or face fines

Just 12 days after voting ‘yes’ on the controversial Copyright Reform, the EU is discussing new regulation that might further hurt smaller platforms. The EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs (LIBE) will vote today, April 8, on implementing a one-hour deadline for any platform to delete terrorist content. On Monday at 4:30, @EP_Justice will vote on the terrorism regulation #TERREG. While the compromises include many improvements, most notably the deletion of man...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Politics, Social Media, Eu, Julia Reda, Home Affairs LIBE


Plan to crack down on social media firms is 'massive step', say MPs

White paper proposes making executives liable for harmful content on their platformsMPs have welcomed news that the government is considering personally fining social media executives deemed to have failed to meet their duty of care to users, with one calling the decision a “massive step forward in making companies actually liable” for activity on their platforms.The Guardian revealed on Thursday that the online harms white paper, due to be published on Monday, will call for the creation of a re...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media


Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals

Exclusive: Long-awaited government white paper proposes regulator to enforce duty of care and fine offendersSocial media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Online Abuse


Sultan of Brunei’s hotels delete social media accounts following anti-gay stoning law

Looks like Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah can't take the heat over his country's new homophobic law.
Tags: Politics, Lifestyle, Social Media, Brunei, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Boycotts, Hassanal Bolkiah, Homophobic Violence


The 1 thing to avoid in online political arguments

A recent study examined the role that incivility plays in how people perceive online political arguments.The results showed that incivility led to more negative perceptions of political arguments — even when the argument was logical.The researchers suggested that name-calling, mockery and other forms of incivility should be avoided if you want to persuade people along political lines. None What's a great way not to persuade people in online political discussions? Toss in a bit of incivility. Tha...
Tags: Psychology, Politics, Internet, Social Media, Innovation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Jason Popan, Popan



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