This week’s tragedy involving Robert Godwin has renewed the debate over the level of responsibility social media companies like Facebook have in monitoring and permanently removing graphic content. As I argue in the below Fortune Magazine article, it's time for someone to step in before there's another Facebook murder video. All of this, of course, would raise serious and legitimate censorship and free speech concerns. If social media users don't want to see rapes, murders, and suicides as they scroll through their feeds, however, something must change.
The convenience of the internet comes at a high price - a price that we as internet users pay with our data. Our data provides a clear window into our purchases, likes/dislikes, and relationships. And companies want it. Recent Congressional actions have made it much easier for companies to get that data.
Today, in honor of telling important stories (thanks for the reminder, Hidden Figures and #ArrayToday), I am sharing the story of the dynamic and legendary Dorothy Irene Height. We have so many important stories to tell in this country - hers is one of many that more children and adults should know.