Trolls, false news, censorship and neutrality in the land of social media

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  • “Objectively, I am the new media.” The New Yorker interviewed Mike Cernovich, the meme mastermind of the alt-right. “Cernovich lives fifty miles south of Los Angeles, in a deep-red congressional district. On the Internet, he represents himself as a Pulitzer-worthy journalist who runs Cernovich Media, a global worldwide brand. When we first spoke, on the phone, I asked him whether he worked from home or in an office full of employees. Chuckling, he said, ‘It’s definitely just me, dude.’”
“In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards. We will work with our community and partners to explore exactly how to do this, both through new tools and approaches to enforcement. Our intent is to allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.”
"I could have distanced myself from my identity, adopted a pseudonym and continued to write in Bangladesh. Had I done so, my family wouldn’t have to spend each moment in fear and anxiety. My sister wouldn’t have to wake up from nightmares about rape threats. But I am not anonymous. I carry my name and history with me. And so the possibility of an unnatural death haunts me.”

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