FB Fails to Remove White Nationalist Content ; The Existential Politics of Climate Change ; and More Picks 4/3

YouTube Executives Ignored Warnings, Letting Toxic Videos Run Rampant (Chris)

From Bloomberg: “The conundrum isn’t just that videos questioning the moon landing or the efficacy of vaccines are on YouTube. The massive ‘library,’ generated by users with little editorial oversight, is bound to have untrue nonsense. Instead, YouTube’s problem is that it allows the nonsense to flourish. And, in some cases, through its powerful artificial intelligence system, it even provides the fuel that lets it spread.”

Facebook Says White Nationalist Video Doesn’t Break New Policy Against White Nationalism (Chris)

The author writes, “[Faith] Goldy’s racist propaganda would seem to represent the exact kind of content that should get someone banned under the new rules. But … [a] Facebook spokesperson argued that it doesn’t promote or praise white nationalism. Instead, the spokesperson claimed, it offers a discussion about immigration and ethnicity statistics.”

The Existential Politics of Climate Change (Russ)

From the Global Policy Journal: “The next round of national pledges under the Paris Agreement is due in 2020. The shift to existential politics will up-end much of the conventional wisdom around climate policy. Fault lines will sharpen, but this will provide opportunities for progress. Seeding and supporting winning coalitions at the domestic level is critical for the post-Paris regime.”

What Does the FBI Know About Saudi Students Escaping US Justice? It Won’t Say (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “The FBI has rebuffed a formal request from Oregon’s senior U.S. senator and won’t turn over information it might have about a growing number of cases where students from Saudi Arabia vanished while facing criminal charges around the country.”

How Trump Could Lose the Election and Remain President (Reader Steve)

From Washington Monthly: “A step-by-step guide to what might happen if he refuses to concede.”