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Carl Lejuez and Frances Haugen at the Staller Center Photographed by Lori Saxena

2023 presidential lecture: A conversation with Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen

Lori Saxena January 29, 2023
Frances Haugen, an algorithmic expert and Facebook whistleblower, discussed misinformation and more issues during the first Stony Brook Presidential Lecture of 2023.
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Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, in 2011. The rapper has come under fire in the past month for spreading antisemitic comments to a large audience.  SUPER 45 MUSICA INDEPENDIENTE / FLICKR

Celebrities promoting hate speech need to be deplatformed

Julia Borghetti November 10, 2022
#OPINION: Celebrities who spread misinformation and encourage their fans to discriminate against others need to be deplatformed. 
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Antisemitic incident at Stony Brook carnival draws reactions from students, administrators

Jeremy Portnoy October 4, 2022
Antisemitic symbols and phrases were written in a public area during Stony Brook University’s “Wolfieland” carnival on Sept. 10. Student leaders say it is the latest in a series of antisemitic incidents on campus throughout the past year and a half.
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An illustration featuring social media influencer Andrew Tate. TIM GIORLANDO/THE STATESMAN

Misogynistic YouTubers promote sexism to young men

Sara McGiff September 14, 2022
#OPINION: No content creator has had the influence and ability to incite outrage amongst the general public more than Andrew Tate. Tate’s removal from social media platforms such as Instagram and YouTube has done little to deter his loyal fanbase.
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Official logos of social media companies. People have taken to social media in order to spread information in the form of threads. RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

The myth of cancel culture: Why racists have bestsellers

Benjamin Joffe April 3, 2021
#OPINION The cancel culture preached by right-wing press is a fallacy. When it comes to causing substantial consequences for those who abuse their high positions, social media outcry often has no significant effect.  
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Facebook needs to commit to its misinformation policies

Xenia Gonikberg March 28, 2021
#OPINION: The rise of misinformation on social media platforms has inspired an ongoing debate surrounding free speech protections, especially since many users turn to social media as an informational tool. 
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Burmese citizens stand with signs at a vigil in support of the government of Myanmar, opposing the military coup. MACAUPHOTOAGENCY/ UNSPLASH

Myanmar military coup cuts Burmese students in the U.S. off from their families

Rabia Gursoy March 21, 2021
The Myanmar military staged a coup d’etat on Feb. 1, bringing the country’s democracy to a halt and affecting citizens all around the world, including Burmese students studying in the U.S. 
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The Statesman Weekly Wrap-Up Ep. 20

Juliana Slocum March 3, 2021
Editors discuss a recent spike in Covid-19 cases amongst residential students, Professor Nancy Hollingsworth's research on genetic cell mutations, the student mural “Reckoning” and toxic masculinity/fact checking on Facebook.
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WSHU hosts an informative conversation about the current political climate

Lajiere Blake November 2, 2020
On Friday, Oct. 30, WSHU held a virtual discussion titled “Through the Looking Glass: A Campaign Like No Other” with a panel of journalists, professors and media critics.
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Trump car rally fills Port Jefferson Village

Trump car rally fills Port Jefferson Village

Julia Heming October 30, 2020
Thousands of cars traveled from Port Jefferson Village to St. James to show support for the president’s re-election during “Trumpalooza” on October 17.
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Banning QAnon accounts on Facebook is a step, but it may be too late

Matt Venezia October 16, 2020
#OPINION On October 6, Facebook announced its plan to ban accounts that promote QAnon conspiracies, citing the tangible harm they can and have done in the world. 
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The consequences of romanticizing mental illnesses

Anya Marquardt October 4, 2020
#OPINION Do not rely on a show or movie that portrays someone with a mental disorder to make you declare that you have a disorder. The romanticization of mental health is harmful to all of us, whether you have a mental disorder or not.
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