Twitter May Start Labeling Your Tweets Based on How Wrong You Are
Written by Alyse Stanley on Gizmodo.
“It does raise concerns about censorship, particularly given how we’ve seen social media platforms bungle moderating Palestinian voices in recent weeks amid the Israel conflict. Twitter’s algorithms have screwed up before, and there’s no arguing that mislabeling inconvenient truths as ‘fake news’ could have lasting repercussions.”
Is a Tech Company Ever Neutral?
Written by April Glaser on Slate.
“Yes, all markets require a level of privacy in order to operate. You can’t know the political leaning of everyone you buy a sandwich from. Vendors can decide what they do or don’t want to disclose or ask of their customers. But when they do know, they have no obligation to proceed with that business. Activists and tech critics sometimes use the word complicit when talking about companies that look the other way when their inventions are causing harm. Assistive might be more accurate. Providing database and web services—even just email—to a cruel immigration regime assists in the cruelty.”
“These companies can do what they want with the software they sell. But they should stop pretending that what they sell is neutral.”
Social Media Censorship Is Hurting Those on the Margins
Written by Bryan Menegus on Gizmodo.
“A lot of people think there’s an easy solution, and that the [solution is] for the platforms to ‘do something.’ Social media companies do not have a good history in this arena, and there are so many reasons not to trust these giant companies, why should we trust them to decide what speech is acceptable?”
Facebook while black: Users call it getting ‘Zucked,’ say talking about racism is censored as hate speech
Written by Jessica Guynn on USA Today.
“Facebook is not looking to protect me or any other person of color or any other marginalized citizen who are being attacked by hate speech,” [Carolyn Wysinger] says. “We get trolls all the time. People who troll your page and say hateful things. But nobody is looking to protect us from it. They are just looking to protect their bottom line.”