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Facebook restores Planned Parenthood post about abortion medication

BY: - August 23, 2022

After investigating a Planned Parenthood of Michigan Facebook post about abortion medication that was taken down earlier this month, Meta, Facebook’s parent company, restored the post.  The post was a link to an article about how to get abortion medication online. When Meta took the post down, they said the post violated Facebook’s community standards […]

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Facebook takes down Planned Parenthood post about medication abortion

BY: - August 22, 2022

After Planned Parenthood of Michigan (PPMI) shared an article on Facebook earlier this month about where to get abortion medication online, it wasn’t long before Meta, Facebook’s parent company, took the post down.  Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June, abortion has become illegal in a number of states. However, abortion […]

Nessel urges tech leaders to crack down on vaccine misinformation

BY: - March 25, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel joined other attorneys general in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey urging the tech leaders to fully enforce company guidelines against vaccine misinformation on their social media websites.  “The availability of safe and effective vaccines means the end of this pandemic is finally in sight. […]

LGBTQ groups condemn $4M transphobic anti-Biden ad campaign in Upper Midwest

BY: - October 30, 2020

Two LGBTQ rights groups have raised the alarm about a well-funded right-wing ad campaign in three states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — which misquotes Joe Biden to falsely state that the Democratic presidential nominee endorses “sex change treatments” for 8 and 10-year-olds. The digital ad targeting voters in the key swing states that now-President […]

The new election frontier: Deepfakes are coming and often target women

BY: - March 9, 2020

Deepfake technology has been called a powerful feat in artificial intelligence and machine learning at its best, and unsettling — even sinister — at its worst. Deepfakes are media — usually videos, audio recordings or photographs — that have been doctored through artificial intelligence (AI) software to fabricate a person’s facial or body movements. They […]

From Milliken to fashion mania: Top lines of Whitmer’s 2nd State of the State

BY: - January 30, 2020

After Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s first State of the State address last year, FOX-2 decided to play fashion critic — and national media, including journalists at the Washington Post and CNN — weren’t having it. The metro Detroit TV station ran a story with anonymous commenters critiquing Whitmer’s blue dress and body, something the governor appeared […]

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Whitmer calls on Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to take action on hateful, violent group pages

BY: - January 17, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sent Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a letter Wednesday calling on him to enforce the social media network’s community standards and “do the right thing.” Whitmer writes that the “violent and hateful speech” on Facebook puts individual safety and election security at risk.  “We use Facebook to share special moments & funny memes […]

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I tried to interview Sen. Peter Lucido. He told me a group of schoolboys ‘could have a lot of fun’ with me.

BY: - January 15, 2020

I waited outside the Michigan Senate chamber to ask Sen. Peter Lucido (R-Shelby Twp.) on Tuesday for a comment about the Detroit Metro Times’ story reporting that he was a member of a violent, anti-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Facebook group, which has since been deleted. What was meant to be an opportunity for Lucido to respond […]

Progressive group Priorities USA outspending Trump on Facebook in Michigan, other battlegrounds

BY: - October 27, 2019

There’s been a lot of handwringing from liberals that President Donald Trump is outspending his potential 2020 Democratic rivals on Facebook, which many analysts believe was an effective tool for his 2016 victory. Candidates have shelled out $61 million, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, with Trump’s share at $10.1 million. The top-spending Dems are […]

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Tlaib grills Facebook CEO Zuckerberg over hate speech

BY: - October 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib pressed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday over the company’s policy to allow politicians to violate its rules on speech. The social media company announced recently that it will allow politicians to skirt Facebook’s community standards, stating that it isn’t the company’s place to censor newsworthy speech. “Why should […]

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Nessel joins Facebook antitrust probe

BY: - October 22, 2019

State Attorney General Dana Nessel has joined dozens of other attorneys general from around the country in seeking to build an antitrust case against Facebook.  The probe into whether the California-based social media giant has become a monopoly and stifled competition began weeks ago under New York Attorney General Letitia James. It now includes almost […]

How students used social media and memes to change a University of Michigan sexual health policy

BY: - September 20, 2019

The University of Michigan has a long history of politically active movements, from the 1962 Port Huron Statement, the first-ever teach-in in 1965 and picket-sign style protests to fight segregation.  But today, students have a new form of political creativity: memes, Twitter updates and Instagram stories.  At the University of Michigan, a small group of […]