Category Archives: politics

Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

 A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook. Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10 photos, videos and comments on the social network that violate Thailand’s strict lèse majesté regulations which outlaw criticism of the royal family, according to free speech… Read More

Facebook inserts itself into politics with new tools that help elected officials reach constituents

 Facebook this year has launched a number of features that make it easier for people to reach their government representatives on its social network, including “Town Hall,” and related integrations with News Feed, as well as ways to share reps’ contact info in your own posts. Today, the company is expanding on these initiatives with those designed for elected officials… Read More

Oculus cofounder bristles at being “disqualified” for Trump support

A picture of Luckey from a time when he probably had a better opinion of the media.

Oculus cofounder Palmer Luckey hasn't exactly been eager to talk to the media since leaving Facebook nearly two months ago (a cosplay-focused Japanese interview notwithstanding). In fact, Luckey hasn't said much about the controversy surrounding his political giving since a short statement posted last September.

In Twitter posts yesterday, though, Luckey seemed to express exasperation at the public pressure he felt following publicized donations to Nimble America, a pro-Trump group that sold itself on "shitposting," "meme magic," and donations to Trump's inauguration effort.

"I don't think someone should be disqualified from being the 'face of a medium' for supporting the President of the US, no matter the party," Luckey wrote in response to a poster who pushed back against "politics [that] support the oppression of people based on sexuality, race, religion or gender."

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