Facebook should help us understand the link between political speech and violence

On Tuesday, The New York Times’ investigation of a study into how Facebook promoted anti-refugee violence in Germany galvanized discussion about how even normal political speech on the platform can drive users to extremes. On Wednesday, the report was criticized on the grounds that it may have unfairly linked correlation to causation, drawing more dramatic conclusions than can be supported

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House Democrats just previewed how they’d investigate Cohen’s allegations if they win

House Republicans have been reluctant to investigate Trump. Democrats have no such qualms. After former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s bombshell confession under oath that the president of the United States was a co-conspirator on campaign finance violations of arranging payments to women Trump had affairs with, House Democrats want to know more. Even with the House of Representatives still on

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Someone tried to hack the DNC — again

It was unsuccessful … this time. Someone tried to hack the Democratic National Committee — again. The DNC, the formal governing body of the Democratic Party, told the FBI on Tuesday that it had discovered a “sophisticated attempt” by hackers to gain access to its voter database, according to CNN. That voter database, held in a service called Votebuilder, includes

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Peter Brimelow, the white nationalist with close ties to the White House’s economic adviser, explained

White House senior economic adviser Larry Kudlow invited a major alt-right figure to his birthday party. In the midst of a bad news day that didn’t seem like it could get any worse on Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, invited a well-known white nationalist to his birthday party last week. Kudlow’s

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The US government alleges Facebook enabled housing ad discrimination

Facebook has a new headache when it comes to housing advertisements. The federal government has filed charges (via Axios) that the social media site violated the Fair Housing Act by allowing ads to discriminate against some protected groups. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed its complaint last week over the company’s advertising practices, something that investigative

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