‘Masks are oppressive’: Marjorie Taylor Greene condemns mask-wearing during new member orientation for Congress

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Republican Congresswoman-elect Marjorie Taylor Greene is already at the center of controversy following her recent condemnation of masks amid the raging coronavirus pandemic.

Greene, a known QAnon conspiracy theorist, took to Twitter on Friday to offer her take on masks. The newly elected Georgia lawmaker shared details about the first congressional orientation session as she falsely claimed that masks are "oppressive" and used the hashtag #FreeYourFace.

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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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