Shirin Ghaffary
Shirin Ghaffary
Shirin Ghaffary is a reporter for Recode. Prior to that, she worked for BuzzFeed News and Elementum, an enterprise software startup, and interned for the Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Shirin was raised in Silicon Valley next door to Apple headquarters, and attended UC Berkeley where she was executive news editor of the Daily Californian, the university paper.Source
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Here’s how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and 8chan handle white supremacist content

Here’s how Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and 8chan handle white supremacist content

In light of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the weekend, Recode reviewed how these platforms handle content that promotes violence and spreads hateful ideologies.ByUncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.In less than 24 hours on Saturday and Sunday, two mass shootings in , and , have . The back-to-back massacres are raising questions about the role of social media platforms in spreading content that promotes violence and white supremacist ideologies.Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube have been slow to take action against white...

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Aug 4, 2019
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The long-term consequences of Trump’s conspiracy theory campaign

The long-term consequences of Trump’s conspiracy theory campaign

Trump’s normalization of conspiracy theories could pose a lasting threat to our democracy.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Over the past few months, President Trump has by pushing a conspiracy theory that mail-in voting will lead to mass voter fraud.Never mind that mail-in ballot voter fraud rates have historically been , and Americans have voted by mail with very few problems . Trump has still baselessly called the election “rigged,” accused Democrats of trying to “steal” the election, and urged his followers to join an “army” of poll watchers...

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Shirin Ghaffary
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5 fact-checks from the Senate’s hearing on social media

5 fact-checks from the Senate’s hearing on social media

We took a closer look at the unproven claims lawmakers made about Facebook, Google, and Twitter.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Six days ahead of a historic presidential election whose outcome is expected to shape the and as to aid millions of unemployed Americans affected by the ongoing , the Senate talking about something else: how social media companies handle controversial speech on the internet.Wednesday’s hearing was supposed to focus on nuanced reforms to a — which shields tech companies from being sued for content users post on their...

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Shirin Ghaffary
Oct 28
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Leaked: Confidential Amazon memo reveals new software to track unions

Leaked: Confidential Amazon memo reveals new software to track unions

The new tool would also track other non-union threats to the company, like crime and weather. Amazon has long opposed the idea of its warehouse employees forming a union, though much of its anti-union strategies have stayed under wraps. But a confidential Amazon internal memo viewed by Recode reveals how the company is making significant investments in technology to track and counter the threat of unionization. The 11-page document, dated February 2020, describes Amazon’s plans to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to better analyze and visualize data on unions around the globe,...

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Jason Del Rey
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Facebook took down a Trump post for the first time

Facebook took down a Trump post for the first time

Trump’s false claims about Covid-19 and children are harmful misinformation, according to Facebook’s policies.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Facebook has taken down a post by President Trump containing false statements about children’s susceptibility to . It’s the first time the company has enforced its rules that ban harmful speech on one of Trump’s posts.The post that Facebook removed is a Fox video clip in which Trump makes an incorrect statement, saying that children are “almost immune” to Covid-19. That isn’t true; children are not immune...

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Shirin Ghaffary
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Why Facebook and Twitter won’t fact-check Trump’s latest false claims about voting

Why Facebook and Twitter won’t fact-check Trump’s latest false claims about voting

Trump’s claims may be dangerous to US election integrity, but the companies say they don’t violate platform policies.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Twitter and Facebook are not fact-checking factually unsupported claims about mail-in voting in the 2020 election posted by President Trump on both platforms Wednesday. The inaction has angered some critics, who say these companies allow the spread of dangerous misinformation to go unchecked online, harming the integrity of the election as a whole.made the completely unsubstantiated assertion that...

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Shirin Ghaffary
Jul 30
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Civil rights leaders are still fed up with Facebook over hate speech

Civil rights leaders are still fed up with Facebook over hate speech

They say despite repeated promises over the years, Mark Zuckerberg hasn’t stopped “vitriolic hate” from spreading on the platform.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Civil rights leaders are fed up with Facebook. They say the company still allows too much racist, hateful, and violent content to spread on its social media network — and that company executives gave PR “spin” rather than meaningful solutions in a meeting on Tuesday about these issues.In light of recent protests against racial injustice in the US, Facebook is facing a renewed reckoning...

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Shirin Ghaffary
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Facebook still won’t take down politicians’ misleading posts, but it’s trying to register 4 million new voters

Facebook still won’t take down politicians’ misleading posts, but it’s trying to register 4 million new voters

“We should trust voters to make judgements for themselves,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in response to critics.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.After deflecting criticism that it is not doing enough to stop the spread of political misinformation, Facebook says it’s expanding its efforts to get people to vote in the 2020 US presidential elections.Starting in July and running through November, the company will begin reminding US users to register to vote with a message at the top of their Facebook and Instagram feeds. It will also point users to a new...

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Shirin Ghaffary
Jun 17
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Twitter is considering warning users when politicians post misleading tweets

Twitter is considering warning users when politicians post misleading tweets

Leaked design plans reveal that the company is thinking about putting bright red and orange labels on false tweets by politicians and public figures.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.Twitter is experimenting with putting bright orange and red labels underneath false statements and misinformation posted by politicians and public figures. According to a new report, the company included tweets from Sen. Bernie Sanders and Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in its design mockups.If implemented, the designs would be a significant expansion...

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Shirin Ghaffary
Feb 22, 2020
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"No handshakes, please": The tech industry is terrified of the coronavirus

"No handshakes, please": The tech industry is terrified of the coronavirus

Although public officials in the area say the virus is contained for now, that hasn’t stopped the tech industry from worrying.Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us.One of the most in Silicon Valley, Andreessen Horowitz, recently put up a sign on its door, cautioning eager startup founders and business partners who walk into its offices: “Due to the Coronavirus, no Handshakes please. Thank you.”It’s unclear how long Andreessen Horowitz — an investor in the likes of Facebook, Airbnb, and Slack — has been greeting visitors with the sign. The move by the...

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Shirin Ghaffary
Mar 2, 2020
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