Trump goes to Twitter to propose holding trial in Senate without waiting on articles of impeachment

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When Donald Trump is feeling hurt, he reaches out for comfort—on Twitter. On Thursday morning, following the greatest rebuke possible, Trump is on a retweet-a-thon, reaching back days to find people who said things he can fling forward and throwing a Twitter-tantrum that demands attention from the folks at the Guinness Book of Records. As of this writing, Trump wrote a tweet just 20 minutes ago to complain about his impeachment, but in the short period of time since then, he has retweeted better than 30 other statements … and he’s still going.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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