Facebook Tried to Buy Whistleblower’s Silence?; Politician Caught Plagiarizing; AND MORE! – In The News 08/06/21

Facebook Tried to Buy Whistleblower’s Silence?; Politician Caught Plagiarizing; AND MORE! – In The News 08/06/21

* Censorship / Cancel Culture
Did Facebook Hide Social Media Manipulation by World Leaders?
Facebook whistleblower turned down $64G severance package that would have bought her silence: report
“In September 2020, she claimed that world leaders used fake accounts for political gain as Facebook looked away – allegedly misleading their own citizens and drowning out critics.”

* Journalism
How Can They Be “Objective” While Participating in Demonstrations?
New NPR Ethics Policy: It’s OK For Journalists To Demonstrate (Sometimes)
“When taking a public stance makes it harder for other NPR journalists to do their jobs, there is an expectation that the journalism will take precedence.”

* Plagiarism
What?? A Dishonest Politician? We’re shocked!
Heir to Merkel Issues Humiliating Apology for Plagiarizing Book on Immigration
“Annalena Baerbock of the Green party, earlier this month acknowledged making a mistake when she used material in a new book without listing sources.”

* Cancel Culture
It’s Only a Matter of Time Before We All Get Cancelled by Someone or Something…
How Artists Lost Their Courage
“Just over a month ago, thanks to a blog post I had written in 2019, I was publicly ‘cancelled’ and then swiftly “un-cancelled” by the Royal Academy of Arts in London in a spectacular fashion.”

* Social Media
The Legal Train Keeps Rolling…
Class-Action Suit Picks Up On Google’s Alleged Ad Price-Fixing With Facebook
“To sufficiently incentivize Facebook, Google and Facebook agreed to fix prices and allocate markets between them in the auctions for publishers’ web displays and in-app advertising.”

Just Another Way Amazon Tried to Screw Over Its Employees
A group of 42,000 Amazon workers is getting $8.6 million after they weren’t paid for mandatory bag searches
“The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last week that Amazon must pay warehouse workers for their time spent in mandatory security checks after each shift.”



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