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Coming up on Connections: Friday, May 29

May 29, 2020

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First hour: Discussing the possible impacts of Trump's executive order aimed at social media

Second hour: How to safely move into the summer season during a pandemic (*This hour will be rescheduled due to Governor Cuomo's press conference.)

On Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order aimed at limiting liability protections for some social media companies. The move comes just days after Twitter fact-checked and labeled two of his tweets as inaccurate. According to NPR, legal experts say it's unlikely that the order will have any practical effect on tech giants like Twitter. Meanwhile, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg called out Twitter for its fact-checking, saying Facebook won't be "arbiters of truth." What does all of this mean for the platforms, for users, for free speech, and for democracy? Our guests explore the issues. They also discuss how social media and journalism have changed as a result of the pandemic. Our guests:

  • Mike Johansson, social media strategist, and lecturer of communication at RIT
  • Hélène Biandudi-Hofer, manager of Complicating the Narratives for Solutions Journalism Network
  • Christian Dawson, executive director of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition
  • David Andreatta, editor of CITY Newspaper

(*This hour will be rescheduled due to Governor Cuomo's press conference.) Then in our second hour, if you had fallen asleep in early February and woke up now, in late May, would you know by looking around you that you'd be living in a global pandemic? The warm weather this past weekend showed people are eager to be outside. There were big parties and backyard gatherings, people congregating in public spaces, and fights in different parts of Rochester -- with many people not wearing masks or face coverings. How do we move into the summer season, keep re-opening, and adjust our behavior appropriately? And now should we be having conversations about that? Our guests weigh in on those questions and more:

  • Willie J. Lightfoot, president of the United Professional Barbers and Cosmetologists Association (UPBCA), Inc., and vice president of Rochester City Council
  • Jane Dodds, former medical practice manager 
  • Brenden Drew, vice president of business development for Abbott's Frozen Custard