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Adolescents spend ever greater portions of their days online and are especially vulnerable to discrimination. That’s a worrying combination.

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Photo of a Black person with circular slivers that have been rotated, creating a collage effect
Photo illustration: Lunga Ntila

By Avriel Epps-Darling

Last month, Twitter users uncovered a disturbing example of bias on the platform: An image-detection algorithm designed to optimize photo previews was cropping out Black faces in favor of white ones. Twitter apologized for this botched algorithm, but the bug remains.

Acts of technological racism might not always be so blatant, but they are largely unavoidable. Black defendants are more likely to be unfairly sentenced or labeled as future re-offenders, not just by judges, but also by a sentencing algorithm advertised in part as a remedy to human biases. …


‘Our boyfriends, our significant others, and our husbands are supposed to be Number 1. Our worlds are backward.’

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Vintage photo of two women in bathing costumes holding hands hip-deep in a body of water, overlaid with sold colored fragment
Photo illustration: Arsh Raziuddin / The Atlantic, Kirn Vintage Stock/Getty Images

By Rhaina Cohen

Kami West had been dating her current boyfriend for a few weeks when she told him that he was outranked by her best friend. …


Some of Trump’s most committed Catholic supporters have leveled dark charges against Biden as they battle to sway the vote in crucial swing states. And wait until you hear what they think of the pope.

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Stained glass window with an orange and red cross surrounded by Trump and Biden with pieces missing out of their faces.
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By Tish Durbin

Joe Biden or Donald Trump: Who’s the better Catholic? If this seems like an odd question to raise in the context of a race for the highest secular office in America — and a race in which one of the two candidates is Protestant — never mind. Both campaigns, and their surrogates, are hotly contesting the answer.

The ex–Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz slammed Biden as a “Catholic in name only” in his appearance at the Republican National Convention.

“President Trump is ignoring Catholic teachings on care for the Earth, feeding the hungry, welcoming the immigrant,” Sister Simone Campbell, a social-justice activist who led a prayer at the Democratic convention, fired back in an interview with me not long after. …

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