Mark Zuckerberg Argues Back At Critics Claiming Ties To Right-Wing Agitators

Mark Zuckerberg Argues Back At Critics Claiming Ties To Right-Wing Agitators

Since the 2016 election, Facebook has been accused of spreading more fake news than any other social media network with many accusing tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg of allowing right-wing propaganda to spread across the website.

In an interview with Axios, Zuckerberg argues that it’s “just wrong” to call Facebook a right-wing echo chamber for the far-right even though data collected by his own website says otherwise. According to the @FacebookTop10 Twitter account run by New York Times tech journalist Kevin Roose, the top-performing link posts in the last 24 hours on the network came from mostly right-wing pages like Ben Shapiro and Dan Bongino.

“It’s true that partisan content often has kind of a higher [percentage] of people … engaging with it, commenting on it, liking it,” Zuckerberg said. “But I think it’s important to differentiate that from, broadly, what people are seeing and reading and learning about our service.”

Zuckerberg also went on to say that he does regret not properly explaining their free speech ideals from the start and witnessing how it has been manipulated on social media. “I just wish that I’d spent more time earlier on communicating about what our principles are and what we stand for—you know, things like free expression and voice and that we’re going to defend those,” he said.

“Now a lot of people look at us and they see this as a successful company. With a lot of money. And it’s a little hard now, I think, for us to go back and talk about our principles and have people see the principles for anything but, you know, some talking points.”

Published at Fri, 11 Sep 2020 23:30:13 +0000

Miami Dolphins Will Stay Inside Locker Room During National Anthem

The NFL’s Miami Dolphins will remain inside their locker room this Sunday when the national anthem is played for the team’s season opening game.

The Dolphins made the announcement in a video Thursday where players sharply criticized the NFL’s lack of social justice action.

Dolphin players took turns reading a message in the video demanding the NFL use its money and influence to make social changes. Players also slammed the league’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before every opening game, calling it a publicity stunt rather than an effort to effect change.

“So if my dad was a soldier, but the cops killed my brother, do I stand for one anthem and then kneel for the other?” a Dolphins player said in the message. “This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip the song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside.”

Dolphins players also criticized the league’s decision to allow players to wear helmet stickers honoring the victims of police shootings saying it was just another example of a publicity move on the NFL’s part.

At the end of the video the Dolphins demanded the NFL stop with “fluff and empty gestures,” asking team owners to “flex political power” to make social changes.

The NFL has had issues with social justice and anthem protests since 2016 when Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized earlier this summer for not listening to Kaepernick earlier.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans opened the 2020 season last night, coming together to lock arms before the game. The limited crowd booed the players as they gathered together and stood in the middle of the field.

Viewers across the nation will be glued to their televisions on Sunday as 13 more games will be played. No other team has announced if it will protest the anthem, but there are sure to be demonstrations of some kind.

Published at Fri, 11 Sep 2020 22:00:28 +0000

Miami Dolphins Will Stay Inside Locker Room During National Anthem

The NFL’s Miami Dolphins will remain inside their locker room this Sunday when the national anthem is played for the team’s season opening game.

The Dolphins made the announcement in a video Thursday where players sharply criticized the NFL’s lack of social justice action.

Dolphin players took turns reading a message in the video demanding the NFL use its money and influence to make social changes. Players also slammed the league’s decision to play “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before every opening game, calling it a publicity stunt rather than an effort to effect change.

“So if my dad was a soldier, but the cops killed my brother, do I stand for one anthem and then kneel for the other?” a Dolphins player said in the message. “This attempt to unify only creates more divide. So we’ll skip the song and dance, and as a team we’ll stay inside.”

Dolphins players also criticized the league’s decision to allow players to wear helmet stickers honoring the victims of police shootings saying it was just another example of a publicity move on the NFL’s part.

At the end of the video the Dolphins demanded the NFL stop with “fluff and empty gestures,” asking team owners to “flex political power” to make social changes.

The NFL has had issues with social justice and anthem protests since 2016 when Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and systemic racism. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell apologized earlier this summer for not listening to Kaepernick earlier.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans opened the 2020 season last night, coming together to lock arms before the game. The limited crowd booed the players as they gathered together and stood in the middle of the field.

Viewers across the nation will be glued to their televisions on Sunday as 13 more games will be played. No other team has announced if it will protest the anthem, but there are sure to be demonstrations of some kind.

Published at Fri, 11 Sep 2020 22:00:28 +0000