Facebook Co-Founder, Chris Hughes, Says the Government Should Break It Up and Implement Speech Rules


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The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s
Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy
neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler
daughter cruised around. We talked politics mostly, a little about Facebook, a bit about our families. When the shadows grew long, I had to head out. I hugged his wife, Priscilla, and said goodbye to Mark.

Since then, Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive. The company’s mistakes — the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap;the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention — dominate the headlines. It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade. But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility.

Mark is still the same person I watched hug his parents as they left our dorm’s common room at the beginning of our
sophomore year. He is the same person who procrastinated studying for
tests, fell in love with his future wife while in line for the bathroom
at a party and slept on a mattress on the floor in a small apartment
years after he could have afforded much more. In other words, he’s
human. But it’s his very humanity that makes his unchecked power so
problematic.

Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook,
Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day.
Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer,
because Mark controls around 60 percent of voting shares.
Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to
determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings
they can use and even which messages get delivered. He sets the rules
for how to distinguish violent and incendiary speech from the merely
offensive, and he can choose to shut down a competitor by acquiring,
blocking or copying it.

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Court Rules Charlottesville Confederate Statues Protected by State as ‘War Memorials’


Virginia: Judge Richard Moore, after reviewing a Monument Fund lawsuit to stop the Charlottesville City Council from removing the statues of General Robert E. Lee and General “Stonewall” Jackson, ruled that they were war memorials, protected under Virginia law, and cannot be removed. -GEG

Monuments to Confederate generals like the ones that sparked
protests in Charlottesville, Virginia are memorials to war veterans and
as such are protected by state law and cannot be removed, a court has
ruled.

For decades there have been calls throughout the US for removal of Confederate monuments, which some argue glorify the cause of white supremacy by honoring those who defended the institution of slavery during the American Civil War. Efforts to erase the controversial memorials in Charlottesville have intensified since hundreds of alleged white supremacists descended on the city in August 2017 to defend the Southern symbols from destruction, claiming they are part of the cultural heritage of the United States.

But despite calls to get rid of two downtown statues of General
Robert E. Lee and General Thomas Johnathan “Stonewall” Jackson, a
Charlottesville judge ruled that Confederate memorials cannot be
removed, as they are protected by the state.

“These statues are monuments and memorials to Lee and Jackson,” Judge Richard Moore ruled
Monday after examining a Monument Fund lawsuit filed in February 2017
to stop the Charlottesville City Council from removing the two statues.
The defendants in the case argued that the statues were not war
memorials, and therefore cannot be protected under Virginia law.

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Survivors of the Colorado School Shooting Stormed Out of a Vigil, Calling it a “Political Stunt”


Survivors of the shooting at the STEM charter school in Colorado, where one student was killed and eight others injured, stormed out of a community vigil, organized by gun-control activists and Democrat politicians, calling it a “political stunt.” Hundreds of grieving students, parents, and community members packed the Highlands Ranch school’s gym the day after the shooting, but their anger and frustration became apparent when none of the students had a chance to honor fellow student, Kendrick Castillo, who died while trying to stop one of the shooters.

Tucker Carlson reports that the kids chanted “mental health” because teen depression and suicide have risen dramatically. Between 2008 to 2017, the percentage of adolescents with depression symptoms rose 52% among young people aged 15 to 24. Suicides have risen nearly 50%, yet this problem is simply ignored and the cause is unknown. [We think Carslon has made a mistake by citing anti-depressant drugs as proof of a rising mental health problem. We think it is the CAUSE of it. The cause IS known, but authorities do not want to deal with it. These drugs are possibly what led to the shooting in the first place. Their known side effects include homicidal AND suicidal urges.] -GEG


Survivors of the shooting at the charter school in Colorado that killed one student and injured eight others stormed out of a community vigil Wednesday, calling it a “political stunt.”

The event,
organized by Team Enough — the student-led initiative of the Brady
Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — was intended to be an interfaith
vigil to honor the STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting survivors and
18-year-old Kendrick Castillo, who died Tuesday after trying to stop one of the shooters.

Hundreds
of grieving students, parents, and community members packed the
Highlands Ranch school’s gym, but their anger and frustration became
apparent after none of the STEM students themselves had a chance to
speak about Castillo at the vigil.

Instead, several speakers —
including Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Michael Bennet,
Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, and a Moms Demand Action volunteer, Laura
Reeves — addressed the need for gun control legislation.

“[Our
kids] have a job to do when they come to school,” Bennet told the crowd.
“Their job is not to fix American’s broken gun laws. Their job is not,
as Kendrick so selflessly did yesterday, give up their own life to save
their classmates’ lives or their teachers’ lives. That’s not their job.
They’re relying on the rest of us to do our job so they can do their
job.”

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