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Reddit says it has ‘quarantined’ a subreddit that is the most popular section of its site for supporters of President Trump after ‘threats of violence against police and public officials.’ President Trump criticizes U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe for engaging in peaceful protest during the playing of the national anthem at a World Cup match. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company can’t handle election-related misinformation on its platform alone. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager

The most pressing threats and notable goings-on in free expression today


Reddit Slaps ‘Quarantine’ on Popular Pro-Trump Forum The_Donald over Threats of Violence
Reddit has “quarantined” its subreddit “The_Donald,” the most popular section of its site for supporters of President Trump because of what it said were “threats of violence against police and public officials.”

Facebook Says It Can’t Handle Election Misinformation Crisis Alone
Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook cannot be expected to manage the crisis around election misinformation campaigns on its own. “I don’t think as a society we want private companies to be the final word on making these decisions,” he said.

Trump Says It’s Inappropriate for U.S. Soccer Star Megan Rapinoe to Protest during the National Anthem
President Donald Trump thinks it’s inappropriate for Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. women’s soccer team co-captain, to protest during the national anthem. Rapinoe has long been outspoken about her decision to keep quiet or kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and discrimination against minorities.

A Children’s Magazine You See at the Dentist Is Taking on Trump’s Family Separation Policy
It’s not a political statement, the children’s magazine said. And it’s not a push for any particular policy. Highlights for Children said it just could no longer stay silent on an issue it deemed “unconscionable.” The magazine is denouncing the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families.

A Year after Newsroom Attack, Journalists Embraced by City
Standing ovations. A surge in subscriptions. Hugs from random readers. At a time when journalists are being vilified as “the enemy of the people,” staff members at the Capital Gazette newspaper are feeling the embrace of a grateful community, one year after a gunman went on a newsroom rampage that left five of their colleagues dead.


Hong Kong Journalist Groups Rebuke Protesters for Harassing TVB Cameraman at Anti-Extradition Rally
The TVB cameraman was filming the protest outside Justice Place in Central on Thursday afternoon when footage seemed to show a young protester–wearing black clothing and a mask–shining a flashlight in his eyes and into the camera lens. Another news outlet had its cameras blocked and was met with verbal abuse.

Vietnam Jails Man for 8 Years on Charge of Trying to Overthrow State
A court in Vietnam on Thursday jailed for eight years a former lawyer on a charge of attempting to overthrow the state. Despite sweeping economic reform and increasing openness to social change, Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship and does not tolerate criticism.

U.K.’s Prevent Strategy ‘Biggest Threat to Free Speech on Campus’
Corey Stoughton from Liberty, a human rights organization, said the tactics of the strategy for monitoring campus activism had a “chilling effect” on black and Muslim students, provoking self-censorship for fear of being labelled extremist.

UN: Freedom of Expression Under Threat from Surveillance Industry
A United Nations investigator says the rise of the private surveillance industry and the targeting of individuals by digital surveillance technology is undermining freedom of expression and putting the lives of many individuals at risk.

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