Zeynep Tufekci on Medium argues that the reason the world knows about Ferguson is because Twitter is such a powerful, unfiltered channel for real-time eyewitness reports.
Facebook isn't, and that sucks.
#Ferguson is a perfect example of why Net Neutrality and algorithmic filtering really, really matter.
[photo: David Carson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photog]
St. Louis Fire Department captain Garon Mosby calls the fires “arson,” but despite the shocking string of racist attacks, major media have hardly breathed a word about the fires.
Judge Ronald J Brockmeyer — who filled Ferguson’s coffers by fining its poorest residents and sent them to inhumane, overcrowded prisons when they couldn’t pay a few hundred dollars — stands accused of fixing fines for his cronies, and owes $170K in unpaid taxes.
The police department “routinely” blocks citizens from recording their activities under a bizarre rubric of “officer safety,” according to the Justice Department’s investigation.
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