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Tonight: Big Tech and insurrection - discussing with station manager Ken Freedman
• Twitter's Trump Ban Deemed Necessary, Derided as Long Overdue (by Sarah Frier in Bloomberg News, Jan. 9, 2021). Quoting former Facebook employee Yael Eisenstat: "Inciting your followers to engage in insurrection is a high form of treason and allowing your platform to be used for that purpose makes you complicit."
• The bright side of insurrection (by Mark Hurst on creativegood.com, Jan. 7, 2021)
• The algorithmic amplifier fueling corruption in Silicon Valley (by Mark Hurst, May 29, 2020): "Twitter depends on Trump to supply the garbage that fuels the business model. The ethical decision here for Twitter is obvious: if someone is posting violent, libelous, and otherwise illegal material, shut down the account. Twitter knows how to do it, they have done it in some past cases, and Twitter's own terms-of-service claims that it will do it. But they can't, here: the president's toxic spew is too valuable to the business. The corruption at the heart of Silicon Valley, the algorithmic amplifier, relies on Trump. It's a match made in hell."
• Donald Trump being banned from social media is a dangerous distraction (by Matt Stoller and Sarah Miller in the Guardian, Jan. 11, 2021): "Whatever one thinks of stopping Trump fomenting violence by limiting his ability to communicate, the ability of democratically unaccountable monopolies with extraordinary control over communications infrastructure, like Facebook and Google, YouTube's parent company, to silence political speech is exceptionally dangerous. It also sidesteps the underlying problem – that it's their dominance and business model that promotes conspiratorial, fake and violent content to millions."
• My thread on repeated criminal behavior by Twitter and Facebook leadership (Jan. 8, 2021)
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|Big Tech's role in the insurrection: a discussion with station manager Ken Freedman.|
|Tomaš Dvořák||Game Boy Tune||Machinarium Soundtrack||n/a|
|Ken Congratulated Mark||0:15:01 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|More comments from Mark||0:15:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Still more comments from Mark||0:17:08 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|Discussion with station manager Ken Freedman||0:19:30 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|
|The Pink Tiles||Internet||#1 Fan||The Pink Tiles||0:57:08 (MP3 | Pop‑up)|