South Carolina’s New Hate Speech Law Outlaws Criticism of the Israeli Occupation

In bill author Clemmons’ view, discussing the military occupation of the West Bank, a reality recognized even by Israel’s Supreme Court, would be considered anti-Semitic under the new South Carolina law.

Rep. Alan Clemmons delivers an address from the steps of the South Carolina Statehouse in a speech given via satellite to the Restoring Courage rally in Jerusalem in 2011.

COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA -- The state of South Carolina will become the first state in the nation to legislate a definition of anti-Semitism that considers certain criticisms of the Israeli government to be hate speech. The language, which was inserted into the state’s recently passed $8 billion budget, offers a much more vague definition of

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Zuckerberg Pledges To Fix Facebook’s Privacy Problems—No One Trusts Him

Dozens of senators told the Facebook CEO that the social media giant was failing Americans.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before nearly half the Senate Tuesday may mark a historic turning point for Silicon Valley. Members of both parties expressed substantive concerns about how high-tech’s surveillance economy preys on privacy and elevates propaganda—followed by wide skepticism that Facebook and the tech sector can be

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Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children

A trove of internal documents sheds light on the algorithms that Facebook’s censors use to differentiate between hate speech and legitimate political expression.

Facebook's Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men From Hate Speech But Not Black Children

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of "radicalized" Muslims. "Hunt them, identify them, and kill them," declared U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. "Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good and righteous. Kill them

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Lawmaker Says He Was ‘Misled’ Into Sponsoring White Nationalist Rally

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, said his office was “grossly misled” by a white nationalist group that wanted him to sponsor a rally at the Texas Capitol.

State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, on the House floor on Jan. 11, 2017. (Photo: Marjorie Kamys Cotera

A state lawmaker says his office was "grossly misled" by a group of white nationalists that wanted to have a rally at the Texas Capitol. State Rep. Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler, said Monday that his office last month received a request from a man claiming to be a veteran with family from Schaefer's district, asking if the lawmaker could sponsor a

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Should Controversial Speakers Be Kept Off Campus?

When controversial speakers have their events canceled, they instantly become a cause célèbre for those who value free speech.

Milo Yiannopoulos speaks on campus in the Mathematics building at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colo. Right-wing provocateur Yiannopoulos was trying to clarify past comments on relationships between boys and older men after a conservative site posted a collection of edited video clips that set social media abuzz. After the polarizing Breitbart News editor was invited this weekend to speak at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference sparked a backlash, the Reagan Battalion tweeted video clips Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017 in which Yiannopoulos discusses Jews, sexual consent, statutory rape, child abuse and homosexuality. (Jeremy Papasso/Daily Camera via AP, File)

Published in partnership with Shadowproof. Independent journalist Rania Khalek, who is a colleague and friend of mine, had her speaking event canceled at the University of North Carolina in February. She was disinvited by the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) chapter on campus because several activists and scholars in SJP chapters

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Kentucky’s New ‘Religious Freedom’ Law Greenlights Hate Speech

The so-called ‘Charlie Brown bill’ also welcomes religious texts in schools.

Vice President Mike Pence, right, and Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin address a group of business owners to gather support for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Ac, March. 11, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP/Timothy D. Easley)

Essentially codifying hate speech, Kentucky Governor Mike Bevin signed into law on Monday a bill that gives individuals, including students, license to make hateful statements about someone based on their "religious or political viewpoints." Passed under the guise of bolstering "religious freedom in public schools," SB17 claims to "protect

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