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The polls were overwhelmed on Tuesday, November 6 with an influx of voters, young and old, ready to make a difference and influence their local communities by voting. But as the date for 2018 midterm elections drew nearer, social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat were overwhelmed with another issue—how their platforms were influencing [...]

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No one ever said that you had to attach your identity to your online postings. In fact, many websites function based on the assumption that users have a right to speak anonymously. For example, Reddit, Twitter, and WordPress are often used by anonymous speakers based on this very assumption. Many of these topics benefit from—or [...]

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A recent study by Soroush Vosoughi, Deb Roy, and Sinan Aral looked at news stories distributed on Twitter from 2006 through 2017 , and found that false stories diffused “significantly farther, faster, deeper, and more broadly than the truth in all categories of information”, reaching people six times faster than true stories. This effect [...]

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Last week, the Trump Administration acknowledged in a legal filing that the President has been blocking users on Twitter for criticizing him or his policies. The filing was part of a stipulation in an ongoing lawsuit brought by The Knight Institute for the First Amendment. The Institute has been assisting a group of [...]

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

On September 29, 2016 By epiepenburg

After proudly exercising your right to participate in the electoral process, you want to share your excitement with the world. What better way than with a quick voting booth selfie for social media? Democracy always gets a lot of likes.

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s no surprise that “ballot selfies” are [...]

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Starbucks’ Next Top Model: It Could Be You

On April 6, 2016 By ehicks

In today’s world, cameras are everywhere.  People use their phones to capture details of their everyday lives for social media apps like Instagram or Snapchat.  Tourists take pictures of city streets and attractions, inevitably capturing the surrounding crowd.  When you think about it, all of us have probably appeared in these types of pictures just [...]

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A recent case involving the United States Drug Enforcement Administration ended in a settlement this past Tuesday. As discussed in a previous blog post, the federal government has been repeatedly criticized for using controversial impersonation methods in connection with criminal investigations. In this case, a woman whose identity was allegedly used by a [...]

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In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Middle District Court recently confronted the issue of racial discrimination in reality television.  Plaintiffs Nathaniel Claybrooks and Christopher Johnson—two African American men who were denied the opportunity to be cast as The Bachelor in ABC’s reality-based dating show of the same name—filed [...]

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#McConnelling, not Coordinating

On April 2, 2014 By Jeffrey W. Sheehan

#McConnelling is here to stay. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell is cool with it. No word on how Mary Kate and Ashley feel about “Uncle Mitchy.” The meme took root when Jon Stewart called attention to a video put out by Mitch McConnell for Senate. Stewart turned McConnell’s B-roll footage to his [...]

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Last week, the Sixth Circuit upheld a state law that requires Ohioans who own lions, pythons, and other dangerous animals to implant them with a microchip. The case, styled Wilkens v. Daniels, was a challenge to Ohio’s Dangerous Animals Act brought by a group of exotic animal owners who challenged the [...]

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