If Facebook is the new cigarettes, then this is what we must learn from the 1970 TV ad ban

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The 1970 ban offers sobering lessons about regulating our newest toxic health problem: social media. Just before the stroke of midnight on December 31, 1970, Virginia Slims aired a new commercial during The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson . It was a celebration of the progress women have made over the last century or something. Read Full Story

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Who wins if TikTok gets banned? These alternatives exploded in India

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After India banned TikTok along with 58 other apps late last month, first-time installs of alternative video apps grew by a collective 155% in the country. As American officials continue to weigh a ban on TikTok and other Chinese apps, new data from a country that has already taken such a broad-based action offers clues as to which services might benefit from a TikTok-free world. Read Full Story

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No, Trump didn’t ban evictions

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Though he claimed his executive order would keep people in their homes, it doesn’t actually say that. Over the next several months, as the coronavirus outbreak drags on, between 30 and 40 million Americans may face eviction. Trump’s new executive order on housing, on its own, won’t change that: Though the president had talked about an eviction moratorium, all the new action does is ask officials to “consider” an actual ban. Read Full Story

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Twitter wants your help fighting falsehoods. It’s risky, but it just might work

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With Birdwatch, Twitter taps a new old weapon against misinformation—the crowd. But as any grizzled internet veteran knows, the company faces serious hurdles. Twitter has spent years and millions of dollars fighting falsehoods with a now well-worn arsenal—fact-checks and warning labels and context labels and algorithmic tweaks and bans and bans on the President of the United States—but this week the company unveiled a totally new weapon: us. Read Full Story

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