Social Media

A conversation with David French on social media, free speech, and cultural division

David French, senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time, joined me on the WeeklyTech Podcast, and we talk about his new book “Divided We Fall: America’s Secession Threat and How to Restore Our Nation“ and the role of social media in the divisions we face.

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How social media has aided the disintegration of our public discourse

In the midst of a crisis, such as the attempted coup at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, we naturally long for answers. If you are anything like me, you likely doomscrolled most of the day and night, hoping to grasp what just took place and what it means for our future as a nation.

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Understanding Twitter suspensions and the need for consistent policies

On Friday evening, January 8, Twitter officially suspended the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, from its platform for violating its stated community policies related to inciting violence and spreading false information.

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Is content moderation stifling public discourse?

Content moderation is difficult work for any social media company. Every day millions of posts and messages are shared on these platforms, most are benign in nature but as with anything there will be abusive, hateful, and sometimes violent content shared or promoted by certain individuals and organizations.

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Social media’s expert culture

Throughout my childhood many saw me as a very confident young man. I was typically up front and vocal about things, confidently asserting my knowledge, skill, and abilities even if I did so with a subdued confidence. I grew up thinking I needed to prove myself in order to be loved, and that desire was often projected through my achievements.

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