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.
Recently, I was reading a book and was really impressed by the scholar’s careful exposition, nuanced approach, and charitable engagement with their critics. Naturally in the age of social media, I decided to look up the author online and was surprised with what I found.
There is no truly important political, cultural, legal, social, or religious force that is pulling Americans together more than it’s pushing Americans apart.
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.
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.