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Tech Tuesday: Social Media Censorship

Aug 13, 2019

The White House is calling for significant changes in how large tech companies manage speech on their websites.

A draft executive order from the White House would put the Federal Communications Commission in charge of developing new regulations clarifying how and when the law protects social media websites when they remove or suppress speech on their platforms.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher: social media censorship and more.

Tech Tuesday: Your Data's Worth

Jun 25, 2019
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Social media outlets like Facebook and Google make money from your data.

They use personal information to craft marketing and advertising materials.

Two U.S. Senators proposed a bipartisan legislation that would pull back the curtain on just how much personal data is worth.

If passed, companies that have more than 100 million users, think Facebook and Amazon, must publicly provide information on the total monetary value of this data, among other information.

Today on All Sides, the value of data, virtual reality, and more.

The Steubenville Rape Case And Toxic Masculinity

Jun 17, 2019
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In 2012, two high school football players raped an unconscious underage girl. By the next morning, hundreds of texts and social-media posts crisscrossed the eastern Ohio community of Steubenville. 

Many of the posts included photographs of the girl, which crossed the line into child pornography.

The case attracted worldwide attention and prompted conversations across the country about the misogynistic atmosphere of Steubenville. 

Today on All Sides, we revisit the story and the lessons with documentary filmmaker Nancy Schwartzman. Her new film “Roll Red Roll” premieres tonight on PBS. 

You can stream the film starting tonight on PBS POV. The film will premiere on WOSU-TV Sunday, June 23 at 11 pm EST. 

Mandel Scrubs Content From Twitter, Facebook Accounts

Apr 19, 2019
Former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel speaking.
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Ohio Republican Josh Mandel has scrubbed two social media accounts containing posts critics at times labelled as offensive.

The hashtag #AbledsAreWeird started with a childhood memory that occurred to writer and disability rights activist Imani Barbarin: She was in her community swimming pool when a man threw her crutch into the pool to "help her swim." Naturally, the crutch sank, and she had to fetch it from under water.

State Sen. Andrew Brenner (R-Powell)
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A spokesperson for Republicans in the Ohio Senate says caucus members have unblocked people on their official social media pages as part of an effort to avoid further legal action.

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Social media site Tumblr announced that it will employ artificial intelligence to track down and remove pornographic posts that violate a new policy on adult content.

The announcement triggered a wave of criticism from users and questions about the automated software that will flag potential violations.

The problem: the AI software apparently is flagging photos and posts that don’t violate the new policy.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, Tumblr’s porn ban, mental health and social media use, and more.

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Newark elementary schools are among 500 schools across the country participating in a program that enables parents to track the physical well-being of their children in the classroom.

In the program, parents use a smart thermometer that links to an app to collect data on illness and keep more kids healthy.

The benefits are knowledge and convenience. The downsides: privacy and data.

Coming up on Tech Tuesday, smart thermometers, social media and voter turnout, and more.

Updated at 6:50 a.m. ET Monday

The alternative social media network that was reportedly used by the suspect in the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue is now down.

Updated: 4:55 p.m.

Curtis Burns, the West Chester resident behind the TSA's popular Instagram account, died Friday. He was 48. 

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Apple announced a new lineup of smartphones, including a new watch, last week during their annual September press conference. The Apple iPhone XS and XS Max are available for pre-order, while the iPhone XR is set to launch next month.

And a Vermont-based software company that scans social media to intervene and prevent tragedy. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, new Apple products, whether or not social media monitoring will help stop school shooting, and more.

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The Justice Department will meet with state attorneys generals this month as part of an investigation of whether social media companies are censoring conservative speech. 

This comes after President Trump and other prominent conservatives complained that companies, such as Facebook and Twitter, had unfairly removed or banned content. 

Today on Tech Tuesday, what that investigation could look like. 

Procter & Gamble has filed to trademark such Internet speak as "LOL" and "WTF," saying the terms could be used to market its products. 

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Ahead of the midterm elections, Facebook and other social media platforms are cracking down on fraudulent users and groups that could be part of election meddling. 

When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled on Capitol Hill last month, Sen. Lindsey Graham asked him whether his company faces any real competition: "If I buy a Ford, and it doesn't work well, and I don't like it, I can buy a Chevy. If I'm upset with Facebook, what's the equivalent product that I can go sign up for?"

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