Science, Tech & Environment

Social media companies could face big fines in Germany if they don’t remove hate speech

Social media companies that fail to remove hate speech and fake news from their platforms could face up to €50 million in fines under a new German law. Some free speech advocates say they're worried social media companies will have free reign to censor users, while others say the law is a good first step to establishing regulatory guidelines for tech giants.

Conflict & Justice

New York City's hijacked hashtag launches a global conversation on police brutality


When the New York Police Department encouraged its followers on Twitter to share photos of themselves with NYPD officers, the result was not what they expected. Two days later, the hashtag has been mimicked in a half dozen cities around the world to showcase police brutality. But the social media effort has had another consequence: it has started a global dialogue about the perception of police and policing in different cities.