Why there’s no easy fix for abuse of online platforms like Twitter and YouTube.

What if Social Media’s Ugliest Problems Can’t Be Solved?

What if Social Media’s Ugliest Problems Can’t Be Solved?

Decoding the Logic of Silicon Valley
Nov. 8 2017 11:25 AM

What if Social Media’s Ugliest Problems Can’t Be Solved?

An expert on trolls and hate speech says there’s no easy fix for online harassment.

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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus discuss the news that YouTube has been showing disturbing videos to kids and why this might be a symptom of a much deeper problem for internet companies. They also talk about the recent revelations from the Paradise Papers and how new details pertain to companies like Twitter and Apple. The hosts are also joined by Mercer University professor Whitney Phillips, the author of This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Mapping the Relationship Between Online Trolling and Mainstream Culture.

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