Penn State Collegian: Racial slurs in Snapchat videos bring free speech, hate speech into the spotlight at Penn State. “Over the weekend, two white female college students recorded themselves vocalizing racial slurs from a rap song and posted the videos to social media. By Monday night, one of those students had been removed from her sorority at William Paterson University, and the other brought Penn State under fire.” Unfortunately this kind of thing happens a lot and if I included every instance in RB I would have no room for anything else. I am including this particular example because the article is extensive and shows the evolution of both community pushback and university response.
Vice: White nationalist Richard Spencer’s pages just got kicked off Facebook. “Two Facebook pages associated with white nationalist Richard Spencer have been kicked off the platform. The outspoken white nationalist who coined the term “alt-right” and runs the National Policy Institute, had been operating in the open on Facebook. The National Policy Institute, which advocates for a white ‘ethnostate,’ had a page with 4,000 followers. Spencer’s online magazine ‘Altright.com’ also had a Facebook page with more than 10,000 followers. Both were removed Friday after an inquiry from VICE News about those pages and those of several other prominent hate groups.”
American University: Whitesplaining on Facebook: PhD Student Donte Newman Looks at Race and Social Media. “Newman is writing his dissertation on race and social media, specifically examining white people’s Facebook responses to police violence. He’s not just probing racial attitudes, but how people’s interactions with technology shape and reinforce societal power structures. ‘In light of a string of recent shootings, police brutality against black people has emerged as a contentious topic in national dialogue. And many of these conversations are taking place within Facebook,’ says Newman. ‘However, the technological architecture of Facebook may influence how users have conversations about racially motivated police shootings.'”
CNN Money: The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake. “For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows.”
The Conversation: Indigenous voices are speaking loudly on social media but racism endures. “Social media are a vital resource for Indigenous Australians, connecting them to community and culture, helping identify those at risk of suicide or self-harm, and offering a powerful outlet for political activism. But racism is a major problem for Indigenous people online. A new report, Social Media Mob: Being Indigenous Online, unpacks the complex role social media play in the lives of Indigenous Australians.”
TechCrunch: Instagram reenables GIF sharing after GIPHY promises no more racism. “A racial slur GIF slipped into GIPHY’s sticker library earlier this month, prompting Instagram and Snapchat to drop their GIPHY integrations. Now Instagram is reactivating after GIPHY confirmed its reviewed its GIF library four times and will preemptively review any new GIFs it adds. Snapchat said it had nothing to share right now about whether it’s going to reactivate GIPHY.”
Times of Israel: Amid racism claims, state to open archives on Jewish North African immigration. “The government on Sunday said it would open state archives on the mass immigration to Israel from North Africa in the early years of the state after a television series documented systematic, historical racism toward the newcomers. The cabinet approved Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to give public access to all the archival material regarding the integration of large numbers of immigrants in the early years of the State of Israel, his office said.”