'I'm going to come kill the president': Man arrested for allegedly threatening Biden assassination

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Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a North Carolina man who threatened to assassinate President Joe Biden after making disturbing calls to the White House. According to the New York Times, criminal documents detailing the arrest of David Kyle Reeves, of Gastonia, N.C., were unsealed on Thursday, Feb. 11.

Andrew Murray, a U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, noted that Reeves, 27, conducted a number of phones to the White House switchboard from Jan. 28 to Feb. 1. During those incriminating calls, he made a series of threats toward the president and multiple other federal officials.

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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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