Artist paints hate speech messages outside Twitter’s HQ

August 10, 2017

Facebook and Twitter are often under fire in Europe for failing to clamp down on hate speech on their platforms. Germany, in particular, has recently passed a legislation, nicknamed the “Facebook law”, under which social media companies could face a fine of up to 50m (43m; $57m) if they fail to remove “obviously illegal” content after receiving notification or complaint. But for German-Israeli artist Shahak Shapira, that isn’t enough. SEE…

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Travis Kalanick apologists sound a lot like Donald Trump supporters

June 25, 2017

Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/REX/Shutterstock (8875114h) President Donald Trump is greeted by supporters during a rally, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Trump, Cedar Rapids, USA – 21 Jun 2017 Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock They might not be perfect, but they’re winners. In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick. Let’s be clear:…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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