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Report: Online trolls are spreading offline hate against LGBTQ Americans

BY: - September 18, 2022

Baseless attacks against LGBTQ Americans by online trolls — whether anonymous or by well-known politicians and public figures — have created a “cascade of … hate, underpinned by dangerous misinformation and outright lies against the LGBTQ+ community,” according to recently released research. That’s the top-line finding of a new report, jointly released by the Center for Countering […]

Report says hundreds of state legislators have joined far-right Facebook groups

BY: - May 18, 2022

Updated, 7:49 a.m., 5/19/22 More than one in five Republican state lawmakers across the country have joined at least one far-right Facebook group, according to a new report. Together the lawmakers sponsored 963 bills during the most recent legislative sessions, said the group that wrote the report, which describes the far-right efforts as anti-human rights. […]

A Howell woman tweeted criticism of COVID misinformation. Police launched a probe.

BY: - December 15, 2021

After a Howell woman posted a series of tweets calling out health care workers for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 at public meetings this month, the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office launched an investigation into her that her attorney said has a “chilling effect on free speech.”  Livingston County Sheriff Mike Murphy confirmed in an interview with […]

As state leaders step back, local health and school officials take the heat over COVID mandates 

BY: - September 18, 2021

Since the state has backed away from issuing statewide mask mandates and COVID-19 orders this summer, local health and school leaders have had to take the reins. But with more health decisions being made at the local level, the threats and pressure from some members of the public followed.  “There are a lot of people that […]

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. […]

U.S. House chair releases social media report on GOP members who voted to overturn the 2020 election

BY: - March 8, 2021

U.S. House Administration Committee Chair Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) posted a review Friday to publicly document social media from House members who voted to overturn the 2020 presidential election in favor of former President Donald Trump.  In Michigan, Lofgren compiled public statements from U.S. Reps. Jack Bergman (R-Watersmeet), Lisa McClain (R-Bruce Twp.) and Tim Walberg (R-Tipton), […]


Laura Packard: I was blocked on Twitter by the president. But I’m still there, and he is not.

BY: - January 25, 2021

Three and a half years ago, former President Donald Trump blocked me on Twitter. After the Jan. 6 attack on our democracy, he has been deplatformed by Twitter itself and most other social media sites. Having worked with the Knight First Amendment Institute to get my account unblocked by the president, I recognize both the power and responsibility of […]


Todd A. Heywood: Down the right-wing rabbit hole: How did the video of Rep. Cynthia A. Johnson go viral?

BY: - December 10, 2020

Updated, 3:12 p.m., 12/10/20 It started with a Facebook Live Video that was sucked into the underbelly of the internet. There it churned and clipped and passed from person to person. Someone slapped a label on the video accusing the speaker of being a domestic terrorist. As it slushed around the far-right social media site […]

Sen. Gary Peters

Peters was locked out of Twitter account for more than 24 hours amid hack

BY: - July 17, 2020

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) was locked out of his Twitter campaign account after a number of prominent accounts were compromised on Wednesday. The account is now back up. His Republican opponent, John James, was not locked out of his account and has been tweeting.  Some of the biggest Twitter accounts were compromised on […]


Susan J. Demas: Years of media mistakes have made the coronavirus pandemic worse. We can do better.

BY: - March 17, 2020

Looking around at all the college kids jamming bars for St. Patrick’s Day weekend, the seniors defiantly shaking hands like it’s a badge of honor, and too many conservative leaders refusing to close schools and businesses to help their citizens, I have an overwhelming sense of dread. There are all sorts of reasons for this […]

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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 […]


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 […]