ThinkProgress' Judd Legum

What the Censorship of ThinkProgress Tells Us

Bill Kristol’s “The Weekly Standard” has rightly pointed out ThinkProgress’s lies; but should we really be nominating companies to approve censorship? After all, Approved censors are still censors, whether they work for an authoritarian government or a corporatist, neoliberal/neoconservative media group.

Is the Bigger Threat to Our Elections Russia, or Google?

If Google is influencing elections, and hiding their efforts to do so solely because some of the people on a mailing list might be opposed to her actions, it speaks very clearly to their intent. The sharing of this e-mail throughout the company, in the e-mail chain which was leaked to Fox News and Breitbart, further confirms the company’s thoughts on intervening with elections.

At Least it's not the Goberment

Google: Beyond Good and “Don’t Be Evil”

Unchecked, companies like Google and Twitter are granted carte blanche to do for governments that which we’d never permit our governments to do: they gather and process data at scales an in manners unprecedented in history, and they execute censorship and narrative control through these mechanisms without a second thought to the ramifications of their decisions.

Facebook and Instagram

Facebook Memo: “A Problem with Political Diversity”

“This is not okay. Not just for our internal culture, but for our own viability as a company. While the problem isn’t unique to us, we are entrusted by a great part of the world to be impartial and transparent carriers of people’s stories, ideas, and commentary.” — Brian Amerige, Facebook

Node Network Graph

Social Media Algorithms are Biased Against Conservatives

Social media giants like Facebook, Twitter, and Google hide their biases behind claims of “impartial” algorithms — but are the algorithms really impartial? Many within these companies would tell you no. But after doing so, they often find themselves having to delete their posts explaining how their company’s bias affects their systems and decisions.

Thomas Paine's "Rights of Man"

Stop Conflating Free Speech and the First Amendment

Freedom of speech existed long before the Constitution, long before Thomas Paine. It is a natural right, a human right, and one social media should respect. No one should be silenced; it destroys our ability to grow as a society, and to learn as a p

Censorship and Manufactured Consent

Censorship, a Tool of the Media Trusts

It’s not just about abortion, it’s about the next 20 years. Twenties and Thirties it was the role of government, Fifties and Sixties it was civil rights. The next two decades it’s gonna be privacy. I’m talking about the Internet.…