social media

Facebook Erases Hundreds of Alternative Media Pages in Mass Purge (1/2)

Social Media Purge

October 18, 2018
Facebook is erasing popular alternative media pages that had millions of likes and suspending anti-war and anti-police brutality accounts, in coordination with Twitter. Journalist Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger political crackdown; EFF's David Greene says the implications are dangerous.

Instagram: The Next Social Media Platform to Censor Political Content?

August 21, 2018

Jesse Duquette, a political cartoonist who regularly criticizes President Trump, had one of his cartoons removed from Instagram with no explanation. Marc Steiner talks to him about his cartoons and what happened

Oxford Study: Political Data Mining Companies are Manipulating Elections Around the World

August 2, 2018

An extensive new Oxford University study shows that governments, political parties, and NGOs spend well over half a billion dollars around the world to influence elections and public opinion, most of it in a completely unregulated and secretive manner. We speak to the study’s co-author, Samantha Bradshaw

Mercer’s Cambridge Analytica ‘Utterly Sleazy’

March 20, 2018

Britain’s Channel 4 details the dirty tricks that Cambridge Analytica, the data-mining company owned by billionaire Robert Mercer, uses to sway elections around the world. If the story is true, it would mean the company is not only sleazy, but also blatantly criminal, says white-collar criminologist Bill Black

Should Social Media Ads Be Regulated?

October 4, 2017

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into alleged Russia’s interference in the U.S. election has raised the larger question of how to handle social media advertising, particularly false or misleading ads

Palestine

September 13, 2017
The Palestinian Authority’s arrest of prominent human rights activist Issa Amro is part of a wider crackdown on critics of Mahmoud Abbas’ rule, says Ali Abunimah of The Electronic Intifada

Shir Hever on TRNN

April 26, 2017
Mass arrests of over 400 Palestinians were the result of a computer algorithm based on their social media usage, explains TRNN’s Shir Hever

Liberation or “Asylum for Neoliberal Values?” Competing Visions of Black Politics

January 12, 2016

Glen Ford, executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report, discusses this past weekend’s Black Radical Tradition Conference at Temple University