Republicans donors are ‘freaking out’ over Trump's new diagnosis: report

President Donald J. Trump walks off the stage after delivering remarks during a D-Day National Commemorative Event Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at the Southsea Common in Portsmouth, England.

(Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)

The United States' top news story on Friday morning was, hands down, President Donald Trump's announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19 — which has also infected First Lady Melania Trump and the president's long-time adviser, Hope Hicks. On Thursday night, before he received the diagnosis, the president attended a crowded GOP fundraiser. And CNBC is reporting that Republicans who were in contact with Trump during that event, which was held at the president's golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, are worrying that they might also test positive for the novel coronavirus.

An anonymously quoted source described by CNBC as someone with "direct knowledge" of the event told the media outlet, "The donors have been texting and calling. Freaking out."

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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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