The algorithms driving social media platforms are some of the most powerful on the planet, shaping what billions of people read and watch on a daily basis. Understandably, those algorithms are under increasing scrutiny, including from Congress as it looks for ways to rein in that power. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee convened to ask platform representatives some pointed questions about harmful viral content, polarization and the incentives driving this algorithmically governed media world we all now inhabit. Defending their platforms, representatives from Twitter, Facebook and YouTube coalesced around a couple of common retorts to deflect the pressure: user control and platform transparency. ADVERTISEMENT YouTube’s Alexandra Veitch reminded the panel that the platform offers an off switch for autoplay, implying that users could just flip off the algorithm if they thought it was causing trouble. Facebook’s Monika Bickert indicated options to toggle the “most … [Read more...] about Amping up algorithmic transparency to govern online platform power
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Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Friday ! TGIF! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths each morning this week: Monday, 572,200; Tuesday, 572,674; Wednesday, 573,381; Thursday, 574,329; Friday, 575,194. President Biden Joe Biden Biden prepping cybersecurity executive order in response to SolarWinds attack Photoshopped deer in Kevlar vests circulate after Biden gun control comment Majority of viewers approved of Biden address to Congress: poll MORE marked his 100th day in office by kicking off a political and publicity blitz to sell his new legislative proposals. He began with an evening “thank-you” rally in Duluth, … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden launches blitz for jobs plan with ‘thank you, Georgia’
Presented by Emergent BioSolutions Liz Cheney Elizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report The Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base Allies of GOP leader vow to oust Liz Cheney MORE (R-Mont.)" width="580" height="387" data-delta="1" /> Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Today is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators. Readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths as of each morning this week : Monday, 577,045; Tuesday, 577,523. The situation between House Republicans and House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney (Wyo.) is reaching a breaking point as allies of House … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Emergent BioSolutions – Can Cheney defy the odds and survive again?
WASHINGTON - More and more children are victims of hate, bullying, and violence online because of the coronavirus pandemic, a new United Nations report said. According to the experts, without access to the support networks such as educators, friends and extended families they usually find at school, some children have been stranded in abusive homes with no place to turn for help as schools are locked down to control the spread of the coronavirus. Overall, about a billion children suffer from physical, sexual, or psychological abuse each year, especially in places where the governments have failed to set up support programs. COVID-19 isolation is making the problem worse. “There is never any excuse for violence against children," said World Health Organization Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. In Iran, officials said, regular Friday prayers will resume in Tehran next week despite a jump in the number of coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. Iran had … [Read more...] about COVID School Lockdowns Leading to Increase in Violence Against Children, UN Says
Lia Maria Sepe, age 7, attends online classes from her front yard, as her mother, Raquel, looks on. Photo: Brian Snyder/REUTERS Women more often do two things at once, sociologist Arlie Hochschild found in 1989. They “write checks and return phone calls, vacuum and keep an eye on the 3-year-old, fold laundry and think out the shopping list,” she wrote in The Second Shift . The tasks add up, and so does the stress. As Hochschild pursued her research, she arrived at an unfortunate conclusion. Mothers typically worked the equivalent of two jobs: one in public and another in the private domestic sphere of the home. She warned the gender revolution was potentially stalled. Now the gender revolution may no longer be stalled — it may be in reverse. Blame some backward momentum on the pandemic . Nearly 3 million women left the workforce in 2020, and only 1.5 million had returned by late April of this year. Schools closed, which forced children home and increased burdens on … [Read more...] about The Sexist Backlash to Universal Day Care