The Elon Musk-Mark Zuckerberg rivalry, entertaining as it is, dances around a crucial question: How do we reign in extremism on social media? If it can’t be done without offending the First Amendment, how do we bracket and tag misinformation so that people are at least aware that they are being manipulated, not informed?
In 1896, the Supreme Court issued one of the most shameful decisions in US history, Plessy vs. Ferguson. Plessy upheld “separate but equal” public accommodations, barring recently freed black people from “white” accommodations including train cars, lodging, and schools, and justified the murderous scourge of Jim Crow laws.
During the month of June, our nation celebrates LGBTQ Pride Month. This celebration of diversity has its roots in the Stonewall riots of 1969.
Like many of you, I am hopelessly addicted to Facebook, the online social networking service created in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg and his Harvard College friends. Though I have been a member for quite a while, I did not really get involved in the program until the pandemic hit us. Stranded at home with not much to do, I began to explore the social media that everyone was talking about. It was amazing, interesting, sometimes annoying, and now I can’t live without it.
A federal judge has blocked enforcement of Florida’s drag ban as overly broad under the First Amendment. Issuing an injunction to bar enforcement of the suspect law, the judge found the ban unconstitutionally vague and “dangerously susceptible to standardless, over broad enforcement which could sweep up substantial protected speech…”
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- Pioneers of South Florida Queer History: Female Impersonators | Opinion
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- Why I'm Skipping the Run | LETTER
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