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Zuckerberg For Trump, Against Twitter and Facebook Employees ... Full Court Press Against Speech Rights ... The Press and the Protests

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Trump’s Executive Order on Social Media

By Jane Coaston
May 29, 2020

It won’t hold up in court. That’s not the point.

Trump’s Media War

By Eliza Bechtold
May 29, 2020
The Conversation

His feud with Twitter is another example of the ways in which the president has routinely distorted the principles of the First Amendment.

How the Exec Order Could Affect the Election

By Lauren Hirsch
May 28, 2020

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It could force media companies to face growing pressure of litigation and political heat during the run-up to the 2020 election. 

Zuckerberg Twits Twitter for Responding to Trump

By Rachel Sandler
May 27, 2020

Zuckerberg rebuked Twitter for its decision to tag two of President Donald Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with fact-check links, saying that private companies “shouldn't be the arbiter of truth.”

Facebook Workers Stage Virtual Walkout

By Kaya Yurieff and Donie O'Sullivan
June 1, 2020

Some Facebook employees staged a virtual walkout on Monday to protest CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision not to take action on a series of controversial posts from President Donald Trump last week.

Coverage of Mass Outrage

By Alison Rourke
June 1, 2020
The Guardian

Angry editorials call for change and accountability and accuse Donald Trump of being ‘exactly the wrong leader for the times’.

What if Minneapolis Were Hong Kong?

By Karen Attiah 
May 29, 2020
Washington Post

If we talked about what is happening in Minneapolis the same way we talk about events in a foreign country, here’s how the Western media would cover it. 

Police Target Press

By Jon Allsop
June 1, 2020
Columbia Journalism Review

As the weekend progressed and the protests continued, police officers abused journalists in cities across America.