The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend

The Atlantic: Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend. “A terrorist attack in New Zealand cast new blame on how technology platforms police content. But global internet services were designed to work this way, and there might be no escape from their grip.”

CNET: Judge dismisses lawsuits against Facebook, Google, Twitter over San Bernardino shooting

CNET: Judge dismisses lawsuits against Facebook, Google, Twitter over San Bernardino shooting. “A federal judge has dismissed lawsuits that alleged Facebook, Google and Twitter were liable for a mass shooting that took place in San Bernardino, California in December 2015. In a decision Monday, Judge Laurel Beeler of the District Court for the Northern District of California said the attack wasn’t a direct result of social media and internet companies allegedly letting the Islamic State use their platforms.”

The Verge: Tumblr is explicitly banning hate speech, posts that celebrate school shootings, and revenge porn

The Verge: Tumblr is explicitly banning hate speech, posts that celebrate school shootings, and revenge porn. “Tumblr is changing its community guidelines to more explicitly ban hate speech, glorifying violence, and revenge porn. The new rules go into effect on September 10th.”

Education Week: To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts

Education Week: To Stop School Shootings, Fla. Will Merge Government Data, Social Media Posts. “As part of their efforts to prevent school shootings, Florida lawmakers mandated the creation of a centralized database that will combine individual-level records from the state’s law-enforcement and social-services agencies with information from people’s personal social media accounts. The provision, tucked within the 105-page law passed in March following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, marks a potentially dramatic increase in the state’s collection and sharing of data on individuals. While the new database could have big consequences for individual privacy and civil liberties, proponents described it as necessary to ensure public safety.”

Washington Post: Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting

Washington Post: Fake Facebook accounts and online lies multiply in hours after Santa Fe school shooting. “In the first hours after the Texas school shooting that left at least 10 dead Friday, online hoaxers moved quickly to spread a viral lie, creating fake Facebook accounts with the suspected shooter’s name and a doctored photo showing him wearing a ‘Hillary 2016’ hat. Several were swiftly flagged by users and deleted by the social network. But others rose rapidly in their place: Chris Sampson, a disinformation analyst for a counterterrorism think tank, said he could see new fakes as they were being created and filled out with false information, including images linking the suspect to the anti-fascist group Antifa.”

Washington Post: More than 208,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine

Washington Post: More than 208,000 students have experienced gun violence at school since Columbine. “The Washington Post has spent the past year determining how many children have been exposed to gun violence during school hours since the Columbine High massacre in 1999. Beyond the dead and wounded, children who witness the violence or cower behind locked doors to hide from it can be profoundly traumatized. The federal government does not track school shootings, so The Post pieced together its numbers from news articles, open-source databases, law enforcement reports and calls to schools and police departments.”