Facebook to block news sharing in Australia if new law is passed

Let’s get every country to do this so we can significantly reduce the amount of misinformation on Facebook … and help publishers survive.

It is often said how social media has become the new way news spreads, sometimes even more quickly, but few actually consider the money involved there. From clicks to page views to ads, companies like Facebook and Google have perhaps taken the lion’s share of advertising profits, even when the content surfaced on their platforms come from other sources like news outlets.

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WENDY VICTORA: Stop hiding behind safety of our screens

I realize it would be a lot of work to remove anonymity from social media, but it sure would be nice for people to have to take responsibility for their words. Of course, there are those who don’t care even though their identities are well known. Still, this would be a good start.

Accountability — being held responsible for our actions and our words — keeps us kinder. As a longtime columnist for the Daily News, I enjoy the smallest level of celebrity status. Occasionally people recognize me as being the face that’s looked back at them on Sunday mornings for more than a decade.

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Cinco de Mayo, explained: how a Mexican battle cry became an American holiday

It’s certainly worth celebrating how Cinco de Mayo relates to the defeat the Confederacy in the Civil War.

On Saturday, many Americans are celebrating a holiday they likely know almost nothing about. I’m speaking, of course, of Cinco de Mayo, which is Spanish for May 5.

Read the full article at www.vox.com.

Teen Accepted Into 113 Colleges Chooses Full Ride To HBCU

Truly inspiring. Congratulations, Ms. Harrison!

This is the definition of black girl magic. Jasmine Harrison, a 17-year-old from Greensboro, North Carolina, has been accepted into 113 colleges and universities, WFMY, a CBS affiliate in the Piedmont Triad, reported on Tuesday.

Read the full article at www.huffingtonpost.com.

This is why Pence’s sickening embrace of Arpaio is so important

An opinion from Jennifer Rubin. Look her up.

Vice President Pence’s recent welcome for the convicted and pardoned former sheriff Joe Arpaio, now a Senate candidate, was a new low in the sorry tale of Pence’s self-debasement. He declared at an event for America First Policies (more about that outfit in a moment): “A great friend of this president.

Read the full article at www.washingtonpost.com.

NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell Dies At 84, After A Lifelong Career On-Air

R.I.P. Carl Kassell.

Every weekday for more than three decades, his baritone steadied our mornings. Even in moments of chaos and crisis, Carl Kasell brought unflappable authority to the news. But behind that hid a lively sense of humor, revealed to listeners late in his career, when he became the beloved judge and official scorekeeper for Wait Wait…

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How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election

While this is truly depressing, it’s even worse knowing that so many people believe things based on unsubstantiated claims in an ad or an article headline. (Note: this behavior is not unique to either the right or the left – or the center, for that matter.)

When Young Mie Kim began studying political ads on Facebook in August of 2016—while Hillary Clinton was still leading the polls— few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency.

Read the full article at www.wired.com.