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
“Everything is Gamergate: How an Online Mob Created a Playbook for a Culture War” from The New York Times
“Find Your Place in the Vaccine Line” from The New York Times
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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