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Top company officials from two of the largest social media platforms in the world were grilled Wednesday by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, including Maine’s Susan Collins and Angus King. The hearing was called, in part, to find out what Facebook and Twitter are doing about the spread of misinformation on their platforms.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is appearing before a House committee as the social media company faces intense scrutiny from both sides of the aisle. Conservatives have accused Twitter of censoring prominent voices on the right, while liberals have taken the company to task for what they say is a failure to police hate speech on the platform.

Politics in the Age of Twitter

Jan 16, 2018
https://rowman.com/isbn/9781498546911

Where once pamphlets were a way for politicians to distribute their ideas, attack political enemies, and reach an audience, today we have Twitter.  We’ll discuss the role of Twitter in current day politics and how it is changing political discourse and impacting social movements. 

Guests:  Judith E. Rosenbaum, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of Maine.  Author of Constructing Digital Cultures – Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender.Brooke Foucault Welles, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and a faculty affiliate of the Network Science Institute and NU Lab for Texts, Maps and Networks at Northeastern University.Craig Freshley, creator of Make Shift Coffee House conversations 

Social Media 101

Mar 24, 2015
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Why social media is here to stay and how to make peace with a medium that some find overly intrusive, unruly, sometimes scary, and overall, more trouble than it could possibly be worth.