glenn-harlan-reynolds-on-social-media-mobs-and-the-last-hope-for-digital-free-speech

Glenn Harlan Reynolds joined Federalist Senior Contributor Ben Weingarten on the “Close Encounters” podcast to discuss the threat social media poses to the individual and culture as a whole, the mob mentality headed by the ‘woke white Twitter crowd,’ and the importance of antitrust laws to prevent collusion among tech companies, which allows them to peddle…

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most-severe-internet-outage-to-date-hits-iraq-after-government-blocks-access

Iraqi anti-government demonstrators fear a major new crackdown is coming after much of the nation’s internet access has been cut, especially in the restive south. This also as Baghdad authorities fear outside ‘foreign interference’ after President Trump referenced the mass protests on Twitter.  A nearly nationwide blockage was first reported last night, and was briefly…

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zuckerberg-attacks-china-on-free-speech,-but-what-about-facebook’s-own-censorship-issues?

Facebook might be a global company—the largest social network in the world—but Zuckerberg made an argument at Georgetown University on Thursday that America ought to lead the world in digital speech, a forum he referred to as the new “fifth estate.” After a brief history lesson on the expansion of First Amendment freedoms in the…

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america’s-biggest-gaming-company-bans-player-for-backing-hong-kong-protesters

Activision Blizzard, one of America’s most preeminent gaming companies, has capitulated to communist China’s censorship, suspending professional ‘Hearthstone’ player Chung “Blitzchung” Ng Wai from the company’s grand master tournament for advocating on behalf of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. “Liberate Hong Kong, the revolution of our times,” Blitzchung can be heard saying on Hearthstone’s official…

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hong-kong-considers-cutting-off-internet-as-protests-rage-on

The government in Hong Kong is considering cutting off internet access to its citizens in order to halt the pro-democracy protests that have been raging there for months. “The warning came as the international financial hub remained partly paralysed from three days of protests in which the city’s rail network and business outlets seen as…

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iranian-foreign-minister-zarif-forgets-his-regime-bans-youtube,-instagram

Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif took to Instagram to invite Iranians to view a TED talk he gave on YouTube, apparently forgetting that both social media websites are banned in Iran. Zarif’s TED talk, delivered in Farsi, focused on mistakes made in communication and was posted on YouTube last week. He waited until yesterday to direct his…

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hawley’s-smart-act-is-the-beginning-of-the-revolt-against-big-tech

Last Friday, Sen. Josh Hawley (R., MO.) unpacked the reasoning behind his crusade against Big Tech on Fox News’s “Special Report.” “They’ve developed a business model that is premised on taking stuff from us,” Hawley said in the interview, in reference to social media companies. This of course came a little more than a week…

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do-the-‘big-four’-tech-monopolies-deserve-their-antitrust-investigation?-yes

Are the big social media sites monopolies? Are search engines? Do Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple, and the rest so thoroughly dominate their fields — or work in combination to do so — to constitute a restraint of trade and harm to the consumer? The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced Tuesday that it aims to…

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