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Media Bits and Bytes - October 6, 2020

The plot sickens on America's favorite dystopian soap opera - POTUS-dammerung

Steve Bell,The Guardian


Facebook Bans QAnon

By Ben Collins and Brandy Zadrozny
NBC News

The change is a significant escalation over its previous actions targeting QAnon and one of the broadest rules the social media giant has put in place in its history.

Thoughts and Prayers

By Donie O’Sullivan and Alaa Elassar

“The Squad” expressed surprise when Twitter posted about its policy against wishing harm or death to someone in light of President Trump’s Covid-19 diagnosis. They have all received threats on social media and say Twitter isn’t doing enough about it.

Did the White House Edit Out a Presidential Cough?

By Oliver O’Connell
The Independent

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After watching president Donald Trump’s message from Walter Reed Medical Centre on Saturday night, several film editors noticed an odd glitch.

The Media and Vote Suppression

By Yochai Benkler
Columbia Journalism Review

The president and the Republican Party—abetted by major media outlets—executed on their strategy to discredit the voting process for millions of Americans. 

Trump’s Shout-out Boosts Neo-Nazis Online

By Jane Lytvynenko and Christopher Miller
Buzzfeed News

Hundreds of new people have flooded the forums the white nationalist Proud Boys uses to organize.

Standing Up to Mark Z

By Emma Graham-Harrison
The Observer

Last week saw the launch of the Real Facebook Oversight Board, an independent body of experts including some of America’s most prominent civil rights activists, academics and lawyers.

11 Films and TV Shows That Scare Conservatives

By Inge Snip and Claire Provost

Christian right critics call the film ‘Cuties’ their ‘worst fears realised’. But they’ve been spooked – and at war with Hollywood – for years.

Broadband in Red and Blue States

By Tom Wheeler

Trump FCC’s efforts have focused on Donald Trump’s base of rural voters. There are almost three times as many Americans without a broadband subscription in blue urban areas than in red state rural areas.

Tech Reshapes Art

By Emily Cegielski

Drue Kataokas artwork, which spans genres from steel sculpture and painting to virtual reality and EEG brainwaves, is at the forefront of democratizing art and, in the process, creating massive social impact.

Italian Medias China Demon

By Simone Pieranni
il manifesto global

China is a great political laboratory which will play a more and more important role in our lives, so we might as well take it seriously, or—at the very least—treat it like we would any other country.


By Cory Doctorow
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Who said anything about leaving telecoms or entertainment untouched by antitrust? The companies that make up those industries are in desperate need of tougher antitrust enforcement.