Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg, commenting on U.S. President Donald Trump's threats against social media companies, said censoring a platform would not be the "right reflex" for a government worried about censorship. "I'll have to understand what they actually would intend to do, but in general I think a government choosing to censor a platform because they're worried about censorship doesn't exactly strike me as the right reflex there," Zuckerberg said in an interview with Fox News Channel. Fox played only a brief clip of the interview and said it would be aired in full on Thursday. … [Read more...] about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says government censoring social media not the ‘right reflex’
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Robert Wilson v. Twitter In one very recent case, Twitter user Robert Wilson claimed he was banned for “freedom of speech and or heterosexual expressions” and sued for civil rights and First Amendment violations. As expected, this didn’t fly. A West Virginia court ruled against this argument just a few weeks ago, saying Twitter was clearly a private forum. “That private social media companies now host platforms which imitate the functions of public forums — in many respects more effectively than the traditional public forums of government-owned sidewalks, streets, and public parks — does not mean that the entities are state-actors,” read the ruling. … [Read more...] about Social media bias lawsuits keep failing in court
Could it be, instead, that such social media -- often aimed at Gen Z and even the newly formed Generation Alpha -- is left to members of those generations? Or at least to those who are, perhaps, a touch unworldly to be posting things to a global company's social media accounts? … [Read more...] about Cringey: LG’s social media account posted WHAT?
While the controversial video meet app Zoom is busy serving the living - helping millions participate in video conferencing calls worldwide - the platform has also become a live funeral and memorial services for many to connect with families and friends during the mourning hours. Several social media users have revealed how they participated in last rites and memorial services of their near and dear ones on Zoom in social distancing times amid lockdowns when all kind of gatherings are banned. Joanne B. Freeman, a US historian and tenured Professor of History and Maerican Studies at Yale university tweeted: "My friend's brother died from COVID-19. I'm putting this here because it's easy to get lost in numbers, generalizations, dates, & (false) dismissals of this virus & its costs. This is close. And it's real. We're having a Zoom memorial tonite. What a sentence to have to write". The Kennedy family recently held a virtual memorial service for Robert F. Kennedy's … [Read more...] about Zoom being used for live funeral, memorial services
It’s not the first time the president has called out platforms for perceived bias against conservatives, and it certainly won’t be the last. But all of Trump’s past attempts to regulate social media platforms for ideological bias have fallen short, even as the scandals provoking them continue to escalate. The efforts have provided the Trump reelection campaign with a convenient foil in the Silicon Valley liberals and “elites” that supposedly control moderation systems. But the president has never followed through on his threats and used his considerable powers to place legal limits on how these companies operate. His fights with the tech companies last just long enough to generate headlines, but flame out before they can make a meaningful policy impact. And despite the wave of conservative anger currently raining down on Twitter, there’s no reason to think this one will be any different. … [Read more...] about Trump wants to fight Twitter more than regulate it