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Pure hate finds a home: How Parler became the social media platform for millions of Trump supporters – Milwaukee Independent

| January 4, 2021

As the three highest-profile social media companies YouTube, Facebook and Twitter continue to take action to mitigate the spread of extremism and disinformation, Parler has welcomed the ensuing exodus of right-wing users. It has exploded in popularity, doubling its members to 10 million during the month of November although it is still dwarfed by Twitters roughly 330 million monthly active users

Activists call on Facebook and Twitter to ban Armenian genocide denial – Business Insider – Business Insider

| January 1, 2021

Anti-hate advocates are calling on Facebook to ban posts denying the Armenian genocide, which led to the deaths of over 1.5 million ethnic Armenians, saying the social media giant's policy on hate speech fails to address crimes against humanity. The call to action follows Facebook's October announcement that it would ban posts denying the Holocaust, which came after pressure from human rights groups, Holocaust survivors, and a 500-plus company ad boycott. However, the change did not include the denial of other genocides, such as the Rwandan and Armenian genocides, Bloomberg reported

My Turn: What will we bear witness to as truth as we head into 2021? – The Recorder

| December 30, 2020

What will we witness in 2021? In a startling Tweet that went viral, Jodi Doering, RN, a nurse in South Dakota, described caring for COVID-19 deniers, patients who believed the coronavirus was a hoax. During a rare night off, she lamented on Twitter: I cant help but think of the COVID patients the last few days.

Lipstadt and Eisen sign on to roster of those who minimize the Holocaust – JNS.org

| December 30, 2020

(December 28, 2020 / JNS) The acrimony between never-Trumpers and pro-Trumpers has generated some fiery accusations from both sides. As a Jew who admires what President Donald Trump has done in the interest of the United States to promote peace in the Middle East and to bring security to Israel, but who is appalled by his extravagant narcissism and capriciousness, I tolerate what many regard as extreme abuse hurled in print at Trump and his supporters.

Book: Intent to deceive: Denying the Genocide of the Tutsi | ICN – Independent Catholic News

| December 27, 2020

Intent to deceive: Denying the Genocide of the Tutsi by Linda Melvern, publisher: Verso Books, 11.99 Why is a book about genocide denial still important, 80 years after the Holocaust and 26 years after Rwanda? Because there is a thriving industry in spreading misinformation about massive human rights abuses, current and past.

Takoma Park Mayor Releases Statement on Recent Incidents – Source of the Spring

| December 27, 2020

Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart has released a statement on two recent incidents that occurred in the city, one of which is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Below is Mayor Stewarts statement: Two disturbing events recently took place in our community, and I wanted to provide an update on actions being taken and to reiterate our commitment to creating an equitable and inclusive community in which all residents can live with dignity and respect. The first event was a woman who vandalized public art at the Gazebo.

Facebook overhauling hate speech algorithms to prioritize anti-Black, anti-LGBTQ comments over anti-white – WDHN – DothanFirst.com

| December 12, 2020

AUSTIN (KXAN) Social media juggernaut Facebook is currently working on a big revamp of its algorithms that monitor and police hate speech on its platform. Known as the WoW Project, the developing endeavor will aim to be more active and immediate in wiping slurs and demeaning comments from posts while prioritizing speech against some communities over others, the Washington Post reports

Noam Chomsky and the Left: Allies or Strange Bedfellows? – The Wire

| December 12, 2020

Today, December 7, is Noam Chomskys 92nd birthday. A couple of days before he was scheduled to discuss, on the platform of the Tata Literary Festival 2020, his recent book Internationalism or Extinction, a group of Indias social and political activists wrote an open letter to Noam Chomsky in which they suggested that he boycott the festival. They cited the less-than-wholesome credentials of the festivals sponsors, the Tatas, in the matter of human rights and apropos of how they ran their businesses.

What the Facebook antitrust lawsuits might mean for hate speech – Forward

| December 12, 2020

Antitrust lawsuits filed Wednesday against Facebook focused on what plaintiffs say is the improper use of consumer data by the social media giant and a monopolistic strategy of squashing competition. But while Facebooks use of data has come under scrutiny over the years including after the 2018 Cambridge Analytical scandal, during which users learned that their data had been harvested for targeted political advertisements without their knowledge most of the recent public pressure on the company has concerned the proliferation of hate speech, incitement to violence and disinformation on its platforms

All I want for Hanukkah are these 8 human rights wishes – opinion – The Jerusalem Post

| December 12, 2020

George Floyd, pandemic, contentious presidential elections, broken political and social discourse. These fractures, divisions, distrust and hate that pervade so much of our nation in 2020 continue unabated with no light in sight at the end of the proverbial tunnel.Below are my wishes for the eight lights of Hanukkah this year.


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