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]
Yesterday, Ella Jones became the first black, and first female, elected mayor of Ferguson, Missouri where an uprising kicked off in 2014 after a white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, and was not indicted. From the New York Times: Ms. Jones, 65, and her opponent, Heather Robinett, 49, had […]
After St Louis police officer Jason Stockley, killed an unarmed black man named Anthony Lamar Smith with an unauthorized AK-47, planted a pistol on his body, and was then acquitted on murder charges in 2017, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Dustin Boone sent several texts in which he relished the prospect of beating up […]
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