Aug 24, 2017

UC Berkeley chancellor calls for "free speech year"

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UC Berkeley has been ground zero for the national debate over free speech on campus, with students holding high-profile and at times violent protests over speakers like Milo Yiannopoulos and Ann Coulter in the past year. But new chancellor Carol Christ sent a campus-wide email encouraging free speech for all — regardless of politics.

  • Why now? This comes two weeks after California legislature unanimously passed a resolution urging universities to adopt the University of Chicago's free expression statement. The resolution includes pro-free speech quotes from political figures like Barack Obama.
  • Christ's quote: "We would be providing students with a less valuable education, preparing them less well for the world after graduation, if we tried to shelter them from ideas that many find wrong, even dangerous."
  • What to watch for: Whether this message resonates with Berkeley's predominantly liberal student body.

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Trump accuses Twitter of interfering in 2020 election

President Trump speaks to the press as he departs the White House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/Getty Images

President Trump responded via tweets Tuesday evening to Twitter fact-checking him for the first time on his earlier unsubstantiated posts claiming mail-in ballots in November's election would be fraudulent.

What he's saying: "Twitter is now interfering in the 2020 Presidential Election.They are saying my statement on Mail-In Ballots, which will lead to massive corruption and fraud, is incorrect, based on fact-checking by Fake News CNN and the Amazon Washington Post," the president tweeted. "Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!"

Twitter fact-checks Trump's tweets for first time

President Trump briefs reporters in the Rose Garden on May 26. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Twitter fact-checked two of President Trump's unsubstantiated tweets that mail-in ballots in the 2020 election would be fraudulent for the first time on Tuesday, directing users to "get the facts" through news stories that cover the topic.

Why it matters: Twitter and other social media platforms have faced criticism for not doing enough to combat misinformation, especially when its propagated by the president.