The rise of the protest-aggregators

The size and ubiquity of the Black Lives Matter protests that sprung up in the wake of George Floyd’s murder are unprecedented. Along with the demonstrations, we’ve gotten a new social media subgenre: protest aggregation. First, in May, there was @Just…

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First Draft launches a text message course to help inoculate users against U.S. election misinformation

Sensing (correctly) that people are fatigued with online trainings, First Draft has rolled out “Protection from deception,” a free two-week text message course to help people prepare for election misinformation ahead of November. The course’s aim is to teach people about the tactics and techniques of disinformation, and help them talk to family and friends,…

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One group that’s really benefitted from Covid-19: Anti-vaxxers

“How Big Tech powers and profits from vaccine misinformation.” That’s the title of a report released this week by the U.K.-based nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate. Among the findings: Covid-19 has been a growth opportunity for anti-vaccination sites. “Our investigation of 409 English language anti-vaxx social media accounts shows that they now have 58…

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Joy Reid and Shep Smith move to 7pm

In October, Shep Smith suddenly walked off air and out of Fox News for good. He had reportedly grown frustrated by the latitude afforded the network’s opinion hosts, and had recently had a spat with Tucker Carlson. In March, Chris Matthews echoed the d…

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