All these years later, policy is still catching up to Gamergate
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Molly just found herself telling her son about Gamergate — the 2014 explosion in targeted online harassment that showed how online speech can turn into offline harm. It influenced political discourse in ways that politicos, platforms and daily podcast hosts are still reckoning with. Why are we talking about this today? Well, Facebook is rethinking its moderation policies … again. We’ll talk about it, plus vaccines, the future of movie theaters and #SpotifyWrapped.

Here’s everything we talked about today:

Facebook is stepping up moderation against anti-Black hate speech” from the Verge

Facebook to remove misinformation about Covid vaccines” from CNBC

Everything is Gamergate: How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War” from The New York Times

Warner Bros. will release all of its new 2021 movies simultaneously on HBO Max” from the Verge

Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line” from The New York Times

This cat and physics joke

And Kai’s Spotify Wrapped, which is heavy on show tunes and sad indie rock. You can find screenshots on our episode page at makemesmart.org.

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