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Mother Jones | 12.12.18

Congress Had a Chance to Press Google on Hoaxes and Hate Speech. They Blew It.

Joan Donovan

Data & Society research insights cited in the Mother Jones analysis of Google’s testimony at Congress.

“But the platform is also being used as a weapon by the far right. On Monday, the Washington Post published findings from Data and Society and the Network Contagion Research Institute, which tracks online hate speech, showing how prevalent far-right conspiracy YouTube videos are on digital extremist hotbeds like 4Chan and Gab.ai. Twenty-two percent of users on Gab link to videos on YouTube, according to Data and Society, often using clips from the platform to push racist and anti-Semitic views.”

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