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Two essays that are different but also very related!
– Facebook & YouTube v. Infowars (And The First Rule Of Crisis PR)
– What It Would Mean To De-Platform Alex Jones (And Why Infowars Is Spooked)
But first! A quick note on yesterday’s news:
Facebook disclosed yesterday that it was (once again) the target of coordinated political influence campaigns on its platform. Facebook said the accounts sought to sow discord by posting about divisive social issues. From the NYT, here’s a description of what that division looked like:
Facebook said it had discovered coordinated activity around issues like a sequel to last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Activity was also detected around #AbolishICE, a left-wing campaign on social media that seeks to end the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
First off, it’s probably a positive step that Facebook is trying to disclose this stuff as it…