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Many people use social media for political purposes. Questions here should focus on the political aspects of social media usage, and not broader usage questions.

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Are there examples of Russian "disinformation" on social media that tried to influence the last two US presidential elections?

I understand there were some hacks, like the 2016 Democratic National Committee email leak, but along with any citations of those few items are often watery assertions that "Russian ...
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What sanctions is the UK parliament considering against social media executives?

According to a recent article by the Guardian, a new digital watchdog will be set up with the power to impose fines upto 10% of global revenue. In the case of Facebook, this will be upto £10 billion. ...
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What is the reason for blocking Russian duma Youtube channel?

According to BBC News the Russian duma's YouTube channel was blocked. What is the reason for that given that this would potentially mean that YouTube will be banned in Russia and the alternative ...
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What are the legal implications of all vk.com servers being in Russia? [closed]

vk.com is the most used social media site in Russia. According to its Wikipedia page it is majority-owned by Sogaz, a Russian energy company. When I tried to connect to it from the US, it connected ...
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Is it legitimate/constitutional for the White House to turn off the comments on their YouTube videos?

I wonder if it is legitimate/constitutional for the White House to turn off their comments on YouTube videos, as they are doing currently. In 2019. Trump was banned from blocking the critics on his ...
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What is the political (moral) justification for terminating the employment of workers for moral reasons completely unrelated to their job? [closed]

In my country there was a recent moral panic, where it was discovered that a popular TV host had uploaded videos with private moments of his (now ex) girlfriend online. After this event was made ...
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Why do Republicans want to break up Facebook?

Republicans are generally against government meddling in business. Yet many Republicans are threatening to break up Facebook after the decision to ban Trump as seen here, here, here, or here. If the ...
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Why does Joe Biden always tweet from @POTUS and not @JoeBiden?

I have noticed that ever since Joe Biden took office, he has tweeted from @POTUS. However Donald Trump, for example, tweeted primarily from his personal account, which is suspended. When @JoeBiden ...
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What is the meaning of "Cancel Culture"?

This expression has getting popular these days. Googling it led to the explanation from Wikipedia that says: Cancel culture (or call-out culture) is a modern form of ostracism in which someone is ...
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Has the freedom of speech been compromised in the US by social media companies banning Trump? [duplicate]

Freedom of speech is defined as: The right to express any opinion in public without censorship or restraint by the government, protected in the United States as a right under the First Amendment to ...
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Why doesn't China allow American social media companies to operate in China?

As far as I realize, being an authoritarian regime, China is continuously concerned with a possible uprising. So, they do not want to let the free flow of information and western thought process "...
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Any mechanism in the US to decide what is conspiracy theory, and what is not? [closed]

It is obviously important to divide truth from conspiracy theories. Truth is good, and conspiracy theories are bad and disturbing. But how would common citizen know what is good, and what is bad? For ...
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What is the status of regulation of Social Media Companies in the US?

Twitter and Facebook (and other social media sites) recently became the focus of a lot of attention for the role they did or did not play in allowing the spread of information (or disinformation) ...
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Does US Federal Law explicitly prohibit election misinformation?

According to the latest rumor about pro-Trump influencer arrested on charges of conspiring with others in advance of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election to use various social media platforms to ...
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What is the rationale behind Angela Merkel's criticism of Donald Trump's ban on Twitter?

According to CNBC, Angela Merkel (via her chief spokesman) criticized Donald Trump's ban on Twitter. “The right to freedom of opinion is of fundamental importance,” Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s chief ...
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Today, 6 Jan 2021, Twitter deleted three tweets by Donald Trump. What did they say?

What did the three tweets say?
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Trump vs Section 230

I see that Trump is against Section 230. As I understand it, it relieves social media platforms from the liability associated with the content shared by 3rd parties, which I think should enable free ...
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Has any European far-right party managed to enter the legislative body relying almost exclusively on social media promoting?

Romanian has recently held the general elections and a far-right party managed to enter the Parliament. This is not a surprise in itself since the COVID-19 crisis helps rising the popularity of such ...
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Why so much censorship on Trump's statements? [closed]

After the 2009 Iranian presidential election, in which some people opposed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's reelection, Hillary Clinton defended U.S. efforts to ensure that the Twitter social networking service ...
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censoring internet/social media content [closed]

I'm looking for academic views on the issue of internet censorship. The censorship I'm interested on is not at the level of what China does. It's just that, given as how social networking sites such ...
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Can Twitter/Facebook actions on NYP article really be called "censorship"? [duplicate]

Recently, after New York Post placed an article about Hunter Biden ties with Ukraine business, Twitter and Facebook started to restrict spreading of it. Trump immediately called this a censorship: So ...
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Have fake-news regulations in the Western world lead to the backfire effect?

To my knowledge, anti-fake news laws being implemented in France, Germany and Singapore in the Western world. Many studies like this one mention the psychological studies which acknowledge the ...
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Does Facebook have a program that regularly checks their employees' (especially their content moderator teams) political involvements?

Recently, here in the Philippines, there's news that Facebook took down an account/group/page of an organization named "Hands Off Our Children". This is an organization that fights for ...
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Is it unconstitutional for a public US official to block someone on social media for disagreement?

I read that public officials blocking people on Twitter goes against the 1st amendment. So, what is the difference? President Trump blocked someone on Twitter. A court got involved and said that this ...
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What are Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube's policy toward Kashmir?

I heard that Facebook and other social media platforms are censoring any news or information regarding the Indian administered Kashmir which goes against the Indian government's policy toward Kashmir. ...
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What retaliatory actions could Trump take against Twitter?

Today, for the first time, Twitter attached a warning label in a tweet from president Trump. As a reaction, he tweeted: ....Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not ...
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What rights do I have as an American citizen when major social websites censor certain news stories or other public opinions? [closed]

Are we not entitled as American citizens to expect U.S. based social web empires like Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, etc., to let us determine for ourselves what is factual and what is not as ...
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How would Iran have benefited from interference in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum? [closed]

At the end of April, Facebook published a report detailing over 50 networks which were removed from the platform due to 'coordinated inauthentic behavior' (CIB). In particular, over 500 pages, groups, ...
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Are there any successful decentralised approaches to combating fake news?

There seem to be centralised approaches to combating fake news, such as Youtube suppressing fake news about coronavirus. Are there any decentralised approaches though? When most people share a news ...
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Have any of Trump's tweets been filtered out in Germany (under NetzDG)?

I've read an article that in Germany users can and do report online hate-speech contents under NetzDG, a law that imposes heavy fines on companies that do not take down such contents relatively ...
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Did Obama tweet in any foreign languages during his presidency?

During Obama's presidency, did he tweet (or otherwise post on social media) in any foreign languages, akin to Trump's tweet in Farsi today? (And yes, I'm aware that he probably didn't type out that ...
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Did Sondland confirm that he asked or suggested that Yovanovitch should start tweeting in support of Trump?

In her written (Nov 5) deposition ambassador Yovanovitch related the following meeting with Sondland, in which Sondland asked her to "go big or go home": Yovanovitch said she raised ...
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Why does the media continue to hide the identity of the Trump-Ukraine whistle blower when they have already been outed?

Setting aside usually polarised US politics, the situation (at least for an outsider like me) looks quite bizarre. The identity of the whistle blower has been common knowledge among anyone who ...
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Have there been any prior cases of US social media employees charged with spying for (or interfering on behalf of) a foreign power?

NBC reports that two Twitter employees have been charged in the Northern District of California for spying for the Saudis. Saudis recruited Twitter workers to spy on critics of Saudi regime, U.S. ...
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Do European politicians typically put their pronouns on their social media pages?

Probably in an effort to embrace or promote transfeminism, some US politicians now list their pronouns on their twitter pages, e.g. Elizabeth Warren lists "she/her". (It's a big cultural trend to ask ...
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Does the FBI investigate social media accounts (on Twitter, Facebook etc.) for foreign influence?

As it turns out from a related question, the FBI has a Foreign Influence Task Force, which among other things does: Private sector partnerships: The FBI considers strategic engagement with U.S. ...
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Has Twitter elaborated on continuing to allow Trump to use the platform for reportedly hateful attacks

It seems clear that Trump is using Twitter as a venue to attack some people. Trump steps up attack on 'US-hating' congresswomen US President Donald Trump has redoubled his attack on four Democratic ...
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How can Republicans who favour free markets, consistently express anger when they don't like the outcome of that choice?

I'm over in the UK with quite an interest in US politics, and intrigued at Republican statements about tech and social media being biased against them. My curiosity is piqued because on the other ...
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Do any jurisdictions seriously consider reclassifying social media websites as publishers?

The US Communications Decency Act of 1996 was the first attempt to regulate pornography on the internet. Moreover, section 230 of the act has been used by internet companies to avoid being ...
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What are US regulators doing about surveillance capitalism?

Recently a UK parliamentary report into social media prompted by the spread of misinformation and privacy scandals have concluded that: Companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘...
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Why is Facebook not restricted by the U.S. government to be politically neutral, like the U.S. Army, for example?

To start with, here is the context of the question. I recently heared about this (in fact, rather old - about 4 months ago) story: Mark Zuckerberg reportedly pressured a top Facebook VR exec to drop ...
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Anti-deceptive electioneering law

In light of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential elections and clandestine Democratic efforts to use deceptive tactics in the recent Alabama senate race, it is clear that social media as a ...
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Why are western-owned social media sites allowed and utilized in Burma?

Hatebook: Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar and A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military report that western-owned social media sites such as Twitter ...
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How is the impact of analytics steering user newsfeed measured on a national basis in the US?

Technology is a double edged sword: its implementation and usage determines outcomes, be it good, bad and ugly. That being said, the rise of the analytic algorithms to select news content for an ...
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Numerical estimates of the effect of fake news on the outcome of elections?

I found a fascinating study, (Social Media, Sentiment and Public Opinions: Evidence from #Brexit and #USElection by Yuriy Gorodnichenko, Tho Pham, Oleksandr Talavera, 2018), which gave numerical ...
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What laws and regulations were violated by John Oliver's critique of Chinese President Xi Jinping?

The Associated Press reports that John Oliver hosted a segment on his show Last Week Tonight in which he criticized Chinese President Xi Jinping. In particular, he said that he looked like Winnie the ...
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Is there a difference between how Cambridge Analytica and the Obama Campaign got Facebook users' data?

Based on this answer, and the fact that the discussion was said to get off topic and I wanted to know more, I thought about asking this question to find an answer. It seems to me that both campaigns ...
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What communications of Julian Assange made Ecuador cut off his Internet access?

It was reported today that Ecuador’s government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s communications outside the nation’s London embassy. Officials announced Wednesday they were taking ...
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Does the US government fund the media?

The major news outlets in the United States are all considered private, ABC News CBS News CNN Fox News Channel MSNBC NBC News But there are lots of reports of the government spending millions on ...
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Has Facebook’s (or other social network) block policy been abused to limit freedom of expression inside EU?

On 26th of November, another important (more than 10K protesters) anti-government protest took place in Bucharest. This looked like a regular protest for 2017, but this one had something peculiar: ...
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