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Bodyslams, bombs and shootings: Anti-media violence in Trump's America

A group of people at a Trump rally shout at CNN reporter Jim Acosta.
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Since President Trump took office, attacks on the media have been his go-to strategy at rallies, on Twitter and elsewhere.

The big picture: Past presidents have argued it’s their job to tone down the heat in moments of high tension and unease, especially following deadly acts of domestic terrorism. But Trump told "Axios on HBO" this week that his divisive rhetoric is his "only form of fighting back," and that his supporters crave it. Meanwhile, the past two years have seen a shift in the political landscape between the media and the public, something several press freedom organizations describe as being of "grave concern."

Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says social sites encourage negative behavior

CEO and co-founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel speaking onstage.
CEO and co-founder of Snapchat Evan Spiegel. Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Time Inc.

Evan Spiegel, CEO of Snap Inc., said at the New York Times Dealbook conference on Thursday that Facebook and Twitter's algorithms are the reason why misinformation and harassment is so widespread on the platforms.

Quote"These platforms have created an environment ... that incentivize negative behavior. You can create a personalized content experience that doesn't compromise integrity."
— Evan Spiegel, Snap CEO

Go deeper: Spiegel echoed these thoughts in an op-ed for Axios last year, writing that personalized newsfeeds, while revolutionary in changing the way people share and consume content, "came at a huge cost to facts, our minds and the entire media industry."

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