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sarah jeong
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Nitasha Tiku Feb 21
As part of the policy change, Google told me it will also let employees pursue ~class action lawsuits~. (before, employees were subject to a class action waiver.) this is a big deal!! historically, class action is the vehicle for social change
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sarah jeong 22h
Replying to @ashleyfeinberg
i think of it as a public service
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
This is not to say that Pinterest is perfect. There is still anti-vaxx content on the site, and breaking search isn’t a long term solution. But it’s fascinating to see a willingness to try things compared with Facebook’s dithering intransigence.
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
And finally, Pinterest is also hashing anti-vaxx memes to keep them from being reuploaded. (For the non-technical, hashing is tech mostly used to ID and block child abuse imagery and terrorist content.)
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
Ironically, the platform that Facebook and YouTube still provide to those sites does give them a workaround, because Pinterest doesn’t want to block the urls for all content on FB and YT.
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
They’ve also simply blocked users from being able to “pin” any content from a number of anti-vaxx and “alternative health” websites. If you try to pin something from stopmandatoryvaccination dot com, or Mercola dot com, you get an error message
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
Because the policy is so explicit, Pinterest can use every tool in its arsenal. They have taken down the boards of anti-vaxxers, including “Stop Mandatory Vaccination” and the National Vaccine Information Center, both of which have big followings on FB.
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
But that’s not the only thing they’ve done. First of all, everything stems from the fact that Pinterest explicitly disallows “anti-vaccine advice”. Neither Facebook nor YouTube have banned this kind of “harmful health misinformation” in their community guidelines.
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Julia Carrie Wong Feb 21
Replying to @juliacarriew
Pinterest has acknowledged that the data void for vaccines means that search is basically broken for that term. So they broke their own site to prevent people from falling into the void.
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sarah jeong Feb 21
i really don't mind all these @'s. i don't even read them and at least it gives them something to do besides calling the cops on their neighbors
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sarah jeong Feb 21
Replying to @hollingsworthit
shit
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sarah jeong Feb 21
i mean *of course* most mad hominems have never heard of the is-ought fallacy
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sarah jeong Feb 21
the great thing about commas is that people definitely mean for lives to hinge on their placement hundreds of years down the line
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sarah jeong Feb 21
Replying to @sarahjeong
I have a Harvard law degree, I think the 3/5 compromise was repugnant, and I believe in no taxation without representation 🙃
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sarah jeong Feb 21
Replying to @sarahjeong
While you're here linking to Wikipedia, have fun reading other things
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sarah jeong Feb 21
my favorite thing about setting my notifications to follows-only is not having to read the wikipedia article for the US Senate 500 times
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sarah jeong Feb 21
Replying to @sarahjeong
are you saying "no taxation without representation"? pretty unamerican imo, let me tell you about the constitution,
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sarah jeong Feb 21
tag yourself i'm the missouri compromise
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Christina Xu is in 🗽 Feb 21
1) This is DEFINITELY the right move on Pinterest's part because kids are dying of measles, AND 2) This is exactly how censorship is often enacted on the Chinese internet, SO 3) What systems of oversight do we need for these critical, complex choices?
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The Trace Feb 21
A Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist is accused of stockpiling weapons in his Maryland home to launch a widespread domestic terrorist attack targeting politicians and journalists.
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