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Donald Trump Explains It All: Post-Iowa Caucus Edition

By any pollster’s gauge, the schadenfreude factor was off the charts on Trump’s social media platform of choice (that would be Twitter) and in various news outlets Tuesday following his bruising defeat by Ted Cruz in Iowa the night before.

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To Win Back Our Democracy, We Must First Recognize That We Live in an ‘Expository Society’

Critical theorist Bernard Harcourt coined the term to describe our present culture, in which authorities consolidate their power by exploiting our eagerness to volunteer personal information through technology and social media.

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Bill Cosby Charged With Aggravated Indecent Assault; Bail Set at $1 Million

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pa., charged the legendary comedian with a second-degree felony Wednesday for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE



A Rare Victory for Freedom of Speech in Turkey, as Pianist Is Allowed to Quote Omar Khayyam

In a win for freedom of speech in Turkey, the country’s Supreme Court of Appeals has completely overturned a lower court ruling that sentenced world-famous pianist Fazil Say to a suspended sentence of 10 months in prison.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



Read Truthdig’s Tweets From Saturday Night’s Democratic Debate

All of our tweets from the ABC Democratic debate in one place for your enjoyment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Retort to London Attacker Goes Viral

With anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment on the rise in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a social media hashtag aims to push back against the reactionary blame game.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Stephen Colbert Previews Twitter’s Role at the Democratic Debate

Perhaps Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley will have to limit their answers to 140 characters, “The Late Show” host suggests.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Jon Stewart: Donald Trump Is an ‘Internet Comment Troll’ Running for President

“Are we really doing this Donald Trump thing? We’re really doing that as a country?” the former “Daily Show” host said of the GOP presidential front-runner.

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VIDEO: How a Tattoo-Themed Prank on Jeb Bush’s Campaign Became Absurdist Performance Art

This is the story of a prank about a neck “tattoo” that simultaneously became the Jeb Bush campaign’s social media nightmare and really great comedy for the joker behind it.

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer Sparks Race-Based Twitter Battle

Last time we checked, it was the year 2015, but apparently the Internet-enabled white supremacists who formulated the Twitter hashtag #BoycottStarWarsVII, along with the associated cyber-campaign, have yet to catch up with the fact that entertainment products don’t exist solely for their enjoyment.

Posted on Oct 20, 2015 READ MORE



What You Need to Know About David Cameron’s #Piggate, the Controversy Sweeping the U.K.

The British prime minister has been caught in a media storm after a former billionaire Tory donor released pages from his tell-all book. While some of the allegations may point toward corruption, the one that has the Twitterverse laughing nonstop involves a dead pig and Cameron’s private parts.

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For Clock-Building Texas Teen, an Episode of Prejudice Winds Up in a White House Invitation

Texas freshman Ahmed Mohamed’s engineering project should have met with high marks and encouragement from his high school’s authorities, but instead the 14-year-old Muslim’s creation, a carefully wired clock housed in a pencil case, landed him in handcuffs earlier this week.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Can Apple, Google and Facebook Save Us From Big Brother?

The big tech companies have the resources to launch a campaign for privacy that could change the world. As one scholar and researcher has written, “They may be our best chance out of this surveillance mess.”

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



Trending on Twitter: Blocking Access to Politicians’ Deleted Tweets

The social media giant’s decision to end public access to its websites that archive politicians’ deleted tweets alarms transparency advocates.

Posted on Aug 28, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Hillary Clinton Huddles With Black Lives Matter Activists

Here’s one measure of how the Black Lives Matter movement has made its mark on national politics in a few short months: Some presidential candidates are recognizing the need to get with the proverbial program (or at least seem as if they are).

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



How the Israel Lobbies Hurt the University of Illinois and the First Amendment in the Salaita Case

There is no honor among thieves or ideologues, and it is sad to see a great university’s leadership descend into petty squabbling and vicious infighting over the illegal firing of Urbana-Champaign professor Steven Salaita.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE



Cornel West Blasts Ta-Nehisi Coates for Perceived Obama Worship

The literati darling Ta-Nehisi Coates received some daunting criticism Thursday via Facebook. Political commentator and professor Dr. Cornel West has countered Toni Morrison’s glowing comparison of the author to James Baldwin with a politically charged status update.

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE



African-Americans Make Up Less Than 2 Percent of Facebook and Twitter Staff

Despite the rainbow nature of their users, recent statistics reveal a staggering lack of workforce diversity.

Posted on Jul 2, 2015 READ MORE



Univision Dumps Trump’s Miss USA Pageant, Trump Tweets ‘I Love Mexico’ (Updated)

UPDATE: Turns out that publicly declaring that migrants from Mexico to the U.S. are almost all “rapists” and criminals prone to shepherding drugs across the border—with a few as-yet-unconfirmed “good people” mixed in—doesn’t make for ideal neighborly relations.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Silicon Valley CEO Slams WSJ Over Editorial About Charleston: ‘F**k You’

Choosing a fitting communication platform to underscore his Silicon Valley background, Flickr-cofounder-turned-Slack-CEO Stewart Butterfield excoriated The Wall Street Journal editorial staff in a series of tweets Sunday evening.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE


John Oliver: If You Don’t Think Online Harassment’s a Big Deal, Congratulations on Your White Penis

After listing several examples of how the Internet is being used to ruin some people’s lives (especially women’s), HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host advocates for a shift in the way we think about the now seemingly ubiquitous Web.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



On the Eve of the Turkish Election, Leftist Women Literally Turn Their Backs on Erdogan via Twitter

In Turkey, left-of-center and Kurdish women took to Twitter on Wednesday to post pictures of themselves turning their backs to President Tayyip Erdogan. And Erdogan responded with a statement that some said had derogatory sexual overtones.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



David Cameron Unleashes Frightening Attack on ‘Tolerance’ Through Proposed Extremism Laws

The British prime minister has drawn criticism from civil liberties groups that claim the ban on “extremists” could be adapted to cover anyone, including protesters the government disagrees with.

Posted on May 13, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Defends ‘Daily Show’ Host Choice: ‘Trevor Noah Will Earn Your Trust’

Addressing some of the controversy surrounding Comedy Central’s decision to hire Trevor Noah as the new host of “The Daily Show,” Jon Stewart made a plea Monday night to his audience to give Noah a chance.

Posted on Apr 7, 2015 READ MORE



Why Wikimedia Just Might Win Its Lawsuit Over NSA Surveillance

The nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, claims that because of Edward Snowden’s revelations, the spy agency can no longer use the same old “state secrets” defense.

Posted on Mar 27, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton: ‘I Want the Public to See My Email’ (Updated)

Is the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s clandestine approach to email, involving her exclusive use of a personal email account while secretary of state, about transparency or partisan politicking in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign season?

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Muslim Students’ Murders Spark Criticism of Media Coverage

Three young Muslim students were shot and killed Tuesday in Chapel Hill, N.C. The circumstances around the shooting were bad enough; but in the eyes of critics around the world, how the story was—or wasn’t—covered only compounded the tragedy.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Texas Rep. Randy Weber Backpedals After Invoking Hitler in Tweet About Obama

On Monday, Rep. Randy Weber of Texas pulled a time-honored stunt, using new media, in just two easy steps.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Twitter Mirth Erupts After Fox’s Steve Emerson Reveals ‘No-Go’ Zone for Non-Muslims in U.K.

Steve Emerson, a major figure in the Islamophobic network, delivered himself of the most remarkable set of weird conspiracy theories on Fox Cable News in which he claimed there were extensive Muslim no-go zones in Europe that amounted to a stealth caliphate ruled by Shariah enforcers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



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The Internet Won’t Let Bill Cosby Ignore Rape Allegations

The iconic comedian’s social media team invited the world to promote its boss Monday. Things didn’t go as planned.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Why Twitter’s Lawsuit Could Make or Break Transparency

President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.

Posted on Oct 21, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Takes Aim at Federal Government With Surveillance-Related Lawsuit

Twitter is taking out the big guns in Silicon Valley’s ongoing tussle with Washington over privacy issues.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



Social Networks Diminish Personal Well-Being, Researchers Say

Two researchers set out to determine “whether the use of online networks reduces subjective well-being and if so, how,” the MIT Technology Review reports.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE



Victim of McCarthy-Era Witch Hunt Calls on U-Illinois Not to Fire Critic of Israeli Policies

In the early 1950s, under the influence of Rep. Joseph McCarthy, R-Wis., a national witch hunt was conducted for leftists.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE



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I’ll Trade My Facebook Profile in Exchange for Job Security

Researchers are predicting that increasing numbers of people will be willing to give their employers access to their social media profiles in order to keep their jobs, according to a study reported in The Guardian.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?

Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


#LetAymanReport: NBC Correspondent Sent Back to Gaza After Removal Protested

Ayman Mohyeldin, NBC’s veteran reporter who was playing soccer with the four Palestinian boys killed on the beach Wednesday, was removed from Gaza despite his reporting being, in Glenn Greenwald’s words, “far more balanced and even-handed” than the rest of the American media’s coverage of the conflict. Late Friday night, after protests with the hashtag #LetAymanReport trended on Twitter, “NBC reversed course” and announced it was sending Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Secret Service Seeks to Automate Social Media Message Evaluation

To help it judge whether to take specific threats online seriously, the U.S. Secret Service has offered a contract for analytics software that can be used “to detect sarcasm and false positives” on Twitter and other social media.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



#YesAllWomen Isn’t Just an American Thing

Although the shooting near UC Santa Barbara sparked the #YesAllWomen trend mostly among an American audience, the call is resonating with women all over the world.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE


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#YesAllWomen Are Speaking Up: How the Hashtag Has Started a Much-Needed Conversation

In the aftermath of the horrific Isla Vista slayings, which some have speculated were fueled by misogynist extremism, women in the Twitterverse have decided it’s about time they talk about male privilege.

Posted on May 28, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



Pictures Don’t Lie: Refuting #There Was No Palestine

One of the common assertions one finds in Zionist propaganda is that there “was never any Palestine.” This odd allegation is simply not true.

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Top 5 Things Wrong With USAID Social Media Plot Against Cuba

The U.S. Agency for International Development established a microblogging platform similar to Twitter for Cubans, which may be illegal.

Posted on Apr 5, 2014 READ MORE


Is This Really the End of Stephen Colbert and His Beloved ‘Colbert Report’?

“Who would’ve thought that a means of communication limited to 140 characters would ever create misunderstanding?” the comedian jokes about Twitter, the social media network that recently spelled out his demise.

Posted on Apr 1, 2014 READ MORE


Erdogan Turns Off Twitter

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Top Attempts by Dictators to Shut Down Twitter in Mideast (Including Turkey’s PM Erdogan)

Trying to close down social media such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has been a desperate ploy of dictatorial regimes throughout the world.

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 READ MORE



Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

Twitter has stopped a project that would have encrypted direct messages between users, according to anonymous sources speaking to The Verge.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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Censorship: Turkish PM, President Tangle Over Bruited Ban on Facebook, YouTube

President Abdullah Gul has rejected a suggestion by Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey might ban Facebook and Twitter.

Posted on Mar 8, 2014 READ MORE


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