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The French Elections and Who Erases Violence From the Internet?

The first round of the French election happens this Sunday and it’s a new kind of election. Most of the top contenders are outliers –  for example, Marie Le Pen, a hard right, conservative trump-like candidate and melechon, who’s running as an independent. It may be the first time two candidates who are not from established centrist political parties enter the second round of the election. Dominique Plihon joins us. Dominique Plihon is a French scholar and economist, he was a professor at Paris 12 University from 1992 to 2012. He is an alter-globalization activist, spokesperson for Attac France since 2013. He is a member of an economist group called Appalled Economists. 

(Attac is ‘an Association for taxation of financial transaction and for people’s action. This association is present in 38 countries)
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Then: on Wednesday a man named Steve Stephens killed himself soon after posting a video of himself – on Facebook- murdering a stranger. The video has prompted a lot of questions about how social media is used by its billions of users, and how that content is screened and moderated. In fact, its highlighted the vast workforce of international workers who spend their days watching disturbing videos and taking them offline. Sarah T. Roberts talks about content moderation and the internet.

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