Sunday, April 07, 2019

Twin hatred enemies of ordinary Americans go at each other and make content moderation difficult, catching ordinary people in the middle

Journalist Sulome Anderson continues the discussion of the difficulties Internet platforms have in monitoring especially white supremacist content compared to their problems a few years ago with ISIS in an Outlook Section article, “The Twin Hatreds” in the Washington Post today.

He argues that the two ideologies reinforce each other, with ordinary Americans (but especially various minorities, like Jews, PoC and LGBTQ, as with Pulse) caught in between. They have often mentioned one another recently (rather than other groups) but wind up plotting attacks that would affect ordinary civilians.
The latest online version is here  . The print version Sunday April 7 is slightly updated.

Anderson then goes on to argue that ISIS content is much easier to exclude partially because of federal foreign terrorism laws, which would not apply to white supremacy.  And the vocabulary of white nationalism, etc. keeps changing to adapt obvious detection and is based on ordinary English idioms, metaphors and memes.

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