Weekly output: Palestinians on Facebook, buying a cable modem

I biked into downtown D.C. this afternoon–my first time there since March–and was pleased to see how protesters have turned the wall now surrounding the White House compound into a canvas for protest signs.

6/1/2020: After banning Palestinian content, is Facebook biased to Israel?, Al Jazeera

The Arabic-language news channel had me on for almost an hour to discuss allegations that Facebook has gone out of its way to silence Palestinian advocates. That’s not a subject I’ve researched in detail, so I stuck to talking about the times I’ve seen Facebook enforce its rules unevenly in the U.S., where its mistakes should be a lot more obvious. A few days later, the Guardian reported a disturbing pattern of Facebook deleting the accounts of Tunisian democracy advocates.

6/7/2020:  How to save money on your cable modem costs, USA Today

My research for this column on buying a cable modem instead of paying an ever-escalating rent (in Comcast’s case, it’s gone from $8 a month in 2016 to $14 today) included firsthand experience, in the form of my buying my in-laws a modem last summer. I posted a complete writeup of my notes from that exercise for Patreon readers last Sunday.