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FILE PHOTO: General view shows the United States Supreme Court, in Washington, U.S., February 8, 2024.

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Can the government dictate what’s on Facebook?

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Monday from groups representing major social media platforms which argue that new laws in Florida and Texas that restrict their ability to deplatform users are unconstitutional. It’s a big test for how free speech is interpreted when it comes to private technology companies that have immense reach as platforms for information and debate.

Supporters of the states’ laws originally framed them as measures meant to stop the platforms from unfairly singling out conservatives for censorship – for example when X (then Twitter) booted President Donald Trump for his tweets during January 6.

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TikTok's CEO Shou Zi Chew testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on online child sexual exploitation, at the U.S. Capitol, in Washington, U.S., January 31, 2024.

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TikTok videos go silent amid deafening calls for safety guardrails

It's time for TikTokers to enter their miming era. Countless videos suddenly went silent as music from top stars like Drake and Taylor Swift disappeared from the popular app on Thursday. The culprit? Universal Music Group – the world’s largest record company – could not secure a new licensing deal with the powerful information-sharing video platform.

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Graphic Truth: Where does the US get its online news?

Facebook continues to lead the pack for social media sites Americans turn to for news, according to recent polling from the Pew Research Center.
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Fighting online hate: Global internet governance through shared values
Shaping global Internet governance through shared values | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Fighting online hate: Global internet governance through shared values

After a terrorist attack on a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand was live-streamed on the internet in 2019, the Christchurch Call was launched to counter the increasing weaponization of the internet and to ensure that emerging tech is harnessed for good.

In a recent Global Stage livestream, from the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, former New Zealand Prime Minster Dame Jacinda Ardern discussed the challenges and disparities inherent in the ever-evolving digital age, ranging from unrestricted online platforms in liberal democracies to severe content limitations in certain countries.

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Staving off "the dark side" of artificial intelligence: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed​
Staving off "the dark side" of artificial intelligence | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Staving off "the dark side" of artificial intelligence: UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed​

Artificial Intelligence promises revolutionary advances in the way we work, live and govern ourselves, but is it all a rosy picture?

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed says that while the potential benefits are enormous, “so is the dark side.” Without thoughtful leadership, the world could lose a precious opportunity to close major social divides. She spoke during a Global Stage livestream event at UN headquarters in New York on September 22, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The discussion was moderated by Nicholas Thompson of The Atlantic and was held by GZERO Media in collaboration with the United Nations, the Complex Risk Analytics Fund, and the Early Warnings for All initiative.

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Why human beings are so easily fooled by AI, psychologist Steven Pinker explains
Why human beings are so easily fooled by AI, psychologist Steven Pinker explains | GZERO World

Why human beings are so easily fooled by AI, psychologist Steven Pinker explains

There's no question that AI will change the world, but the verdict is still out on exactly how. But one thing that is already clear: people are going to confuse it with humans. And we know this because it's already happening. That's according to Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker, who joined Ian Bremmer on GZERO World for a wide-ranging conversation about his surprisingly optimistic outlook on the world and the way that AI may affect it.

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Christchurch Call had a global impact on tech giants - Microsoft's Brad Smith
Christchurch had a global impact on tech giants: Microsoft's Brad Smith | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Christchurch Call had a global impact on tech giants - Microsoft's Brad Smith

The Christchurch killer livestreamed his heinous crimes, highlighting a macabre threat ensconced within the relatively new field of social media. Extremists could use the technology to get the attention of millions of people — and perhaps even find some incentive for their violence in that fact.

Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith, in a recent Global Stage livestream, from the sidelines of the 78th UN General Assembly, says the technology industry set out to ensure extremists could “never again” reach mass audiences during massacres. Tech companies, governments and civil society groups work together on the so-called Content Incident Protocol, a sort of digital emergency response plan.

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Jacinda Ardern on the Christchurch Call: How New Zealand led a movement
Jacinda Ardern on the Christchurch Call: How New Zealand led a movement | Global Stage | GZERO Media

Jacinda Ardern on the Christchurch Call: How New Zealand led a movement

During a Global Stage livestream conversation hosted by GZERO in partnership with Microsoft on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the former New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern revealed that when she reached for her phone to share the heartbreaking news of the Christchurch massacre, she found a horrifying surprise: A livestream of the massacre served to her on a social media platform.

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