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One year after Zuckerberg’s testimony about violent content on Facebook, has anything changed?

The jury’s out on the psychology behind sharing images or videos of violence and atrocities. But it’s clear people don’t respond to this content in the same way they would in the real world, said Desmond Upton Patton, associate professor of social work at Columbia University. “We have an ability to look with and engage with highly traumatic and violent content,” he said.

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March 15, 2019

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What is the relationship between the version of you that lives online and the one that walks around the earth? We think of our online selves as shadow versions of us which we can control. But in this age when facts are malleable, something strange is happening: our online selves are sometimes eclipsing our real ones, even when we don't want them to.

March 18, 2019

One year after Zuckerberg’s testimony about violent content on Facebook, has anything changed?

The jury’s out on the psychology behind sharing images or videos of violence and atrocities. But it’s clear people don’t respond to this content in the same way they would in the real world, said Desmond Upton Patton, associate professor of social work at Columbia University. “We have an ability to look with and engage with highly traumatic and violent content,” he said.

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