Local sports radio host sues for defamation over alleged ‘sexual interaction’ comments

LANSING – A feud between two Michigan sports radio talk show hosts has made its way to court. Ryan Schuiling, who hosts “The Schuiling Report,” a weekday show on Lansing-based 92.1 The Team (WQTX), is suing Bill Simonson, who hosts “The Huge Show,” a …

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Montana man suing Remington Arms Company for defamation

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard oral arguments Monday in the case of a Manhattan man who is suing one of America’s largest firearms manufacturers. Richard Barber says Remington Arms Company defamed him during their response to a 2010 …

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Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s Post-Charlottesville Reckoning with American Nazis

“James Fields did nothing wrong,” the post on Facebook read, referring to the man who drove a car through a crowd protesting against white supremacy in Charlottesville in August 2017, killing one. The post accompanied an article from Squawker.org, a conservative website. In training materials given to its army of moderators, Facebook says the post is an example of content “praising hate crime,” and it and others like it should be removed.

But after Charlottesville Facebook {snip} pushed to re-educate its moderators about American white supremacists in particular, according to a cache of Facebook documents obtained by Motherboard.

The documents provide more specific insights into how Facebook views and classifies white supremacy and neo-Nazis, and how those views have evolved {snip}.

“Recent incidents in the United States (i.e. Charlottesville) have shown that there is potentially confusion about our hate org policies and the specific hate orgs in specific markets,” a training document for moderators created shortly after the protest, and obtained by Motherboard, reads.

One of the training documents includes a log of when Facebook has modified the material, including adding new examples of hate speech as the network identifies them. {snip}

In January, 5 months after Charlottesville, Facebook added slides discussing the company’s position on white nationalism, supremacy, and separatism. While it says Facebook does not allow praise, support, or representation of white supremacy, it does allow the same sort of positions for white nationalism and separatism, according to one of the slides obtained by Motherboard.

Explaining its motivation, another section of the document reads that nationalism is an “extreme right movement and ideology, but it doesn’t seem to be always associated with racism (at least not explicitly).” Facebook then acknowledges that “In fact, some white nationalists carefully avoid the term supremacy because it has negative connotations.”

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Another slide asks “Can you say you’re a racist on Facebook?”.

“No,” is the response. “By definition, as a racist, you hate on at least one of our characteristics that are protected.”

Facebook classifies hate groups, individuals, and high profile figures based on “strong, medium, and weak signals,” according to one of the documents focused on hate speech in America. A strong signal would be if the individual is a founder or prominent member of a hate organization (or, “h8 org”, in Facebook parlance); medium would include the name or symbol of a banned hate group, or using dehumanizing language against certain groups of people. Partnership or some form of alliance with a banned hate organization—including participating in rallies together, of particular relevance to events like Charlottesville—Facebook sees as a weak signal, as well as an individual receiving a guilty verdict for distributing forbidden propaganda material.

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In its policy clarification document around hate groups in America, Facebook specifically points to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), United Klans of America, Aryan Nations, and several other groups that are either based in or are popular in the US. Another document, dated April of this year, includes many other white supremacist organizations from around the world, including Atomwaffen Division, a neo-Nazi group linked to several murders in the US. Another document explicitly says that Facebook does not consider every organization the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) flags a hate group as such. (In its statement Facebook said “Online extremism can only be tackled with strong partnerships which is why we continue to work closely with academics and organisations, including the Anti-Defamation League, to further develop and refine this process.”)

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In April, Facebook released a selection of rules for when it takes down content, including hate speech. {snip}

“Our policies against organised hate groups and individuals are longstanding and explicit—we don’t allow these groups to maintain a presence on Facebook because we don’t want to be a platform for hate. Using a combination of technology and people we work aggressively to root out extremist content and hate organisations from our platform,” Facebook added in its statement.

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Six more Sandy Hook families sue broadcaster Alex Jones

(CNN)A defamation lawsuit has been filed against broadcaster Alex Jones, along with some of his associates, for saying the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was fake. On Wednesday, families of four students and two …

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Mizzou AD Sterk apologizes to South Carolina’s Staley, settles lawsuit

COLUMBIA, MO. • The University of Missouri settled the defamation lawsuit brought against athletics director Jim Sterk by South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley for $50,000, half of which will go to Staley’s charity foundation, MU announced …

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The Politics of Anti-Catholicism

We at the Catholic League know better than anyone how incredibly hypocritical many of today's anti-defamation pundits, activists, and entertainers are. We see it every day. Things are said about Catholicism that would never be said about a long list of protected demographic classes. The latest example is the media coverage of Pastor Robert Jeffress who gave a prayer at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

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Spotify Partners with the Southern Poverty Law Center to Purge ‘Hate Content’ from Its Music

 

This is terrible. I really like Spotify. I use it almost every day. But the busybodies are busy there too. Maybe Spotify can hire Tipper “let’s ban anything that is slightly interesting in music” Gore as an advisor.

The sillyland censors just can’t hep themselves. They MUST BUBBLEWRAP THE WORLD.

(From Reason)

Several advocacy groups will help Spotify identify “hate content.” Among them: the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and GLAAD.

Fighting bigotry is a fine goal, and I am sure Spotify’s intentions are pure. It also goes without saying that a private company can moderate content however it wants.

That said, the this “hate content” policy is an ambiguous mess doomed to failure. Music, including a lot of incredibly popular music, is full of hateful, racist, sexist, homophobic, and otherwise appalling messages. Attempting to sort the truly objectionable from the merely edgy or dated will only lend itself to arbitrary enforcement.

Take “Gangsta Gangsta,” from NWA’s 1988 album Straight Outta Compton. The rap has racked up an impressive 31 million streams on Spotify, dazzling listeners with lyrics like “dumb-ass hooker ain’t nothing but a dyke” and “life ain’t nothing but bitches and money”.

And since I can’t help myself I will now post one of my favorites of the Gansta rap era below. Listen to it while you still can.

Or not. Some people probably should just pass.

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