Last week President Biden made headlines for stating the obvious. Disinformation on Facebook is killing people, telling reporters: ​​”They’re killing people. The only pandemic we have is among the unvaccinated.” Facebook for some reason decided to respond aggressively with both a statement and a blog post attacking Biden and defending their own Covid cred. By Monday Biden had walked his statement back, and elites in media and the disinformation space were actually debating whether or not the social media platforms, but mostly Facebook are in fact killing people.

Let me settle the debate. Yes.

Disinformation on social media is killing…

Britney fans were right all along. So of course far-right actors are trying to exploit their momentum.

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Matt Gaetz and #FreeBritney

Confession time: I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about #FreeBritney ever since watching the New York Times documentary about her conservatorship. Thanks to professional troll and occasional Congressman Matt Gaetz I finally have a reason.

If you’ve somehow missed this, #FreeBritney is an online community of Britney Spears fans who both object to the singer’s conservatorship and believe that Spears was sending clues about her captivity via her Instagram posts. The hashtag exploded into the mainstream online conversation earlier this year…

Six months out of the White House and Trump’s power, reach, and stature continues to shrink.

Donald Trump returns to CPAC today, to give a headline speech. It’s the biggest opportunity he’ll have to command mainstream media attention in quite some time, in front of a crowd that adores him. Since we’re also coming close to the 6 month anniversary of Trump’s White House departure I thought it would be a good time to examine Trump’s influence in current American politics.

When Donald Trump left the White House I was excited that I’d never have to write about him again…

The 6 month anniversary of the Capitol Insurrection is nearly upon us. Thanks to the steady stream of charges and court appearances, as well as the GOP’s successful attempt to block an Independent Commission, January 6th hasn’t ever really left the news cycle. It hangs over us like a dark cloud, and per polling continues to be viewed from a partisan lens rather than as an attack on the legitimacy of America Democracy.

Roughly a third of Americans still believe that Joe Biden didn’t actually win the election. My best guess is that around the same percentage hold anti-Democratic beliefs…

This is one of those weeks where no one thing dominates the news cycle (or my mind). There are three themes worth keeping an eye on to see what develops. Here’s what you need to know:

Georgia is Just the Opening Act

This week, the Republican-controlled state legislature in Georgia passed a sweeping voter suppression law that was immediately signed by Republican Governor Brian Kemp. Kemp’s photo-op for the bill signing made clear whose votes Republicans elected aim to suppress. He was surrounded by white men and signed the bill under a painting of a slave plantation.

Stacey Abrams called…

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Mass shootings are acts of terrorism. I’m not sure most Americans view them that way, but once you’ve tracked and/or covered enough of them, it’s obvious. They don’t generally get covered as terrorism in the media, nor does law enforcement acknowledge this in their investigations. David Neiwert, in an excerpt from his latest book, has an excellent long read about why the 2017 Las Vegas Shooting was an act of right-wing domestic terrorism and why that matters that I highly recommend reading if you want to become more familiar with this.

I’ve long had a checklist for mass shootings, whether…

Photo Credit: Me. This was taken five days into lockdown last March. The college students had gone home and the wild turkeys immediately took over. I, for one, welcomed our new gobbling overlords.

This week marked a somber anniversary: one week since the Covid pandemic, and the life changes that came along with it, hit America. Buzzfeed has an excellent oral history of March 11 as a particular turning point, but I think back to that entire week as when we collectively realized life was changing and wouldn’t go back to normal anytime soon. It’s things we all remember, like Tom Hanks testing positive, Broadway going dark, and the NBA suspending the rest of the season. …

This week, President Biden announced that America will now have enough of the COVID-19 vaccines for everyone who wants one by the end of May, beating the Administration’s previous goal of the end of July. It’s an exciting development, especially this month as we’re all facing a bunch of collective and personal Covid-related anniversary dates. Personally, the news makes me happy every time I think about it, even if I still have some concerns about distribution. Thinking about a summer where most Americans are vaccinated just fills me with joy.

But of course, having enough vaccines is only half the…

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Republicans in Congress have settled on a defense for their party’s role in last month’s violent attempted coup at the U.S. Capitol Building: gaslighting America.

We’ve seen this strategy play out in a few different places in Congress this past week. As David Neiwert writes for DailyKos, at a hearing on Domestic terrorism this week Republican members attempted to equate the violent insurrection at the Capitol with Black Lives Matter protests across the country earlier this year:

Republicans rolled out their narrative response to Democrats intent on a law-enforcement crackdown on the far-right extremist elements who assaulted the U.S. Capitol…

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Parler is back online this week after a post-coup hiatus when Amazon stopped allowing the platform to use their web servers and both Apple and Google removed Parler from their app stores. Parler has also announced a new CEO, Mark Meckler, best known for his role co-founding the Tea Party movement.

Per reporting from the New York Times, Parler’s new list of tech providers speaks volumes:

After many large web-hosting firms rejected Parler, the site came back online with the help of a small provider near Los Angeles called SkySilk. Kevin Matossian, SkySilk’s chief executive, said in a statement that…

Melissa Ryan

Politics + technology. Author of Ctrl Alt Right Delete newsletter. Subscribe here: Coffee drinker. Kentucky basketball fan.

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