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AU Newsmakers 4.30-5.7, 2021
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Facebook Ban on Trump Upheld: Here's How Everyone Is Reacting
Aram Sinnreich, professor of communication, spoke to USA Today about the decision by the Facebook Oversight Board to uphold the platform's Trump ban. Sinnreich said, “They didn't clarify their policy or strengthen enforcement of it, they merely pushed the decision about whether to tolerate hate speech and disinformation from powerful individuals to a later date.” Assistant Professor of Communication Scott Talan discussed the decision with The Hill, Salon Magazine, and Scripps TV. (5/4, 5/5)

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Why We Remember More by Reading – Especially Print – Than From Audio or Video
Naomi S. Baron, professor emerita of linguistics, wrote an article for The Conversation about how different mediums affect how we read and retain information. Baron wrote, “The collective research shows that digital media have common features and user practices that can constrain learning.” Baron also appeared on the podcast “Let's Go There” with Shira & Ryan to discuss digital vs. print mediums and learning. (5/3, 5/4)

Vaccine Passports Are Not a New Concept, but They're Never Without Debate
Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut spoke to Scripps Television about vaccine passports. Kraut said, “I'm constantly pointing out to [students] that they're going through one of the most serious pandemics in history and certainly in the history of the United States, and the things they're experiencing were experienced by other people in other eras of our history.” (5/3)
Former Leader of Neo-Nazi Atomwaffen Group Sentenced for Swatting
Founding Director of the Center for Security, Innovation and New Technology Audrey Kurth Cronin spoke to The Washington Post about neo-Nazi groups and the far-right movement. Cronin said, “They're united under a kind of broad fascist front.” (5/4)
Biden Busy on International Front, Managing Vast Net of Sanction
Jordan Tama, associate professor in the School of International Service, spoke to the Voice of America about President Biden's foreign policy. Tama said, “Sanctions have become, to a large extent, the default tool for addressing concerns about the behavior of foreign governments.” (5/5)
The Hunt: The Role of Women in Extremist Activity
Cynthia Miller-Idriss, director of the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab, spoke to WTOP-FM about the role of women in extremist activities. Miller-Idriss said, “The question of women's engagement, and whether we will continue to see such high numbers of women engaging is one to watch.” Prof. Miller-Idriss also spoke to BBC. (5/5, 5/6)
As Israel Buries Mount Meron Victims, Attention Turns to What Allowed Deadly Stampede to Occur
Dan Arbell, scholar-in-residence in the Center for Israeli Studies, spoke to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency about the deadly stampede at a religious festival in Israeli. Arbell said, “Because they missed it last year, they're going to come and do it this year and make good on missing last year. That kind of brought numbers up.” (4/30)

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