Last year represented a breaking point of sorts for major online platforms. The swelling tide of abuse, hate-speech, and politicized misinformation finally grew too big to be ignored. But the ensuing crackdown—as painfully slow and largely ineffective as is—has led to a concurrent rise in largely-unknown sites and…
According to a juicy new report from the Wall Street Journal, several Facebook employees threatened to quit over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to allow posts by Donald Trump to remain on the social network.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, who unexpectedly died at the age of 79 today, will be remembered as one of the most polarizing figures in American government, famous, or perhaps infamous, for his strong conservative stances on abortion, campaign finance, the death penalty and gay marriage. On June 27, 2011, he…
The War On Terror™ continues apace, with dedicated agencies hunting all threats both foreign and domestic. The Wall Street Journal has a new look inside one unlikely group: Facebook.
Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales is familiar with people putting made-up bullshit online. As I mentioned, he founded Wikipedia. But this is on another level: Wales’ words got changed on a Chinese conference website to make it sound like he was pro-Chinese government surveillance.
Monday brings bad news to the India-based lovers of former Gawker Media blog Fleshbot. Porn is now banned in India. So are some racier corners of the online dating world, apparently.
Think you can fix Reddit? Have you come up with an amazing way for the giant internet community to stay popular, make money, and yet somehow eject the filth? On Thursday, Reddit’s own founders are hosting a very special Ask Me Anything where you can help them decide just how much free speech to allow.
Russian internet users can no longer time warp through internet history. This week, the Russian government blocked the Internet Archive domain–which makes the nonprofit’s popular and useful time-warping tool, the Wayback Machine, off limits.
Anthony Douglas Elonis, whose violent, threatening Facebook posts earned him a 44-month prison term, won his Supreme Court appeal today, marking the first time the SCOTUS has had to examine the issue of free speech on social media.
In a closely watched decision that weighs the protection of free speech against protecting people from online abuse, the Supreme Court today ruled in favor of people being scary dicks on the internet.
Twitter has released a new transparency report. The company—which scored five stars in our latest "Who Has Your Back?" report—blogged about the release, wrote that "[p]roviding this insight is simply the right thing to do, especially in an age of increasing concerns about government surveillance." More than thirty…
In the South Carolina prison system, accessing Facebook is an offense on par with murder, rape, rioting, escape and hostage-taking.
Two weeks ago, Mark Zuckerberg wrote an impassioned post about the importance of free speech following the Charlie Hebdo killings. This week—whiplash warning—Facebook is censoring images of the Prophet Muhammad in Turkey, including images similar to the Hebdo cartoons.
Following a terrorist attack, it is not uncommon to hear calls from politicians and government officials for increased surveillance. Fear and grief can lead to quick "solutions" that have significant consequences; as we pointed out last week, some of the most far-reaching surveillance and law enforcement powers around…
A couple years ago, when a 25-year-old law student in Texas said he was going to 3D-print a gun, nobody took him seriously. Then, he actually did it. And then, a lot of people started doing it. Now, it's so easy that some protestors are going make a gun inside the Texas State Capitol with a special gun machine. This…
Folks, we have a new hero in our midst, and it's a Cincinnati-area man named Jasen Dixon who built an illuminated, zombie-themed Nativity scene in his front yard ... complete with undead baby Jesus. Alas, his neighbors were none too pleased with his handiwork.