Obama-Era Officials Call for More Government Control of Your Facebook Feed

Facebook content is already partially curated by government-linked think tanks, but for Samantha Power and others, that is simply not enough.

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Writing in the Washington Post, senior Obama-era official Samantha Power has called on social media giant Facebook to do more to crush what she calls conspiracy theories and disinformation circulating on its platform. Describing it as being “overrun with foreign disinformation,” Power demanded Mark Zuckerberg “take far more drastic steps” to

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Conspiracy Theories: Jeffrey Epstein’s Uniquely American Death in Jail

There does not have to be a conspiracy for people to be permitted space to grapple with this outcome in the context of a system that constantly grants rich and powerful people total impunity for their crimes.

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The United States holds more of its population in prisons and jails than any other country in the world. Suicide is one of the biggest causes of death in U.S. jails and hit a high of 50 deaths for every 100,000 inmates in 2014. That makes the death of Jeffrey Epstein, who was involved in a sex trafficking ring, a uniquely American death,

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The Washington Post’s ‘Breakthrough’ on the Murder of Martin Luther King

The Washington Post last week overcame its tainted history of softball coverage and published a hard-hitting account quoting the King family’s disbelief in the guilt of convicted killer James Earl Ray.

James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King, is shown at Brushy Mountain Prison, Tenn., March 29, 1978. (AP/Dennis Montgomery)

For the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s murder, The Washington Post last week overcame its tainted history of softball coverage and published a hard-hitting account quoting the King family’s disbelief in the guilt of convicted killer James Earl Ray. The bold, top-of-the-front-page treatment on April 2 of reporter Tom Jackman’s

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YouTube Deputizes Wikipedia in Bid to Police ‘Conspiracy Theories’

As search engines’ and social networks’ power to mediate information access grows – along with their ability to gather vast amounts of user data and intelligence – the anxiety has also increased for vested interests and governments unable to cope with the disruptive effect of the once-freewheeling “online marketplace of ideas.”

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, speaks during the introduction of YouTube TV at YouTube Space LA in Los Angeles, Feb. 28, 2017. (AP/Reed Saxon)

AUSTIN, TEXAS – YouTube is apparently planning to deputize crowd-sourced online encyclopedia Wikipedia in a bid to combat the spread of disinformation, according to its CEO Susan Wojcicki. “When there are videos that are focused around something that’s a conspiracy -- and we’re using a list of well-known internet conspiracies from Wikipedia --

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The US Government Has Experimented With Controlling Hurricanes

This hurricane season also sparked a wide range of conspiracy theories regarding the possibility that the U.S. government or some other government could be manipulating the weather to strengthen hurricanes.

Scott Bryant pushes his plane into a hangar at the Lakin, Kan., airport after flying a cloud seeding mission for the Western Kansas Weather Modification program, Aug. 28, 2007. The program aims to reduce crop damage from hail by saturating storm clouds with silver iodide particles. (AP/Charlie Riedel)

The 2017 hurricane season has wrought more damage on the Caribbean and the Gulf Coast of the United States than any season in the last decade. Tropical Storm Harvey smashed into the Gulf, temporarily swallowing Houston and other low lying areas. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irma caused millions of dollars in damage to Florida, Puerto Rico, and other

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Conspiracy Theories That Became Conspiracy Facts

Sometimes conspiracy theories turn out to be true. Therefore, it’s worth assessing them, even if their claims appear wholly outlandish. Especially if their claims appear wholly outlandish.

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Generally speaking, conspiracy theories form where there is a vacuum of verifiable facts associated with a controversial, usually tragic event. The concept has evolved over the years and is a part of our popular culture. There are legions of conspiracy theorists and “truthers” who have devoted their lives to certain theories, and there are

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