If Then

“You Have to Be Heard”

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn says the fight for a free and open internet isn’t over.

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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus puncture the hype around Vero, the new social network that has people fleeing Instagram and Facebook. They discuss how conspiracy theories after the Parkland, Florida, massacre bubbled to the top of YouTube’s search results. Will’s “Don’t Close My Tabs” looks at the controversy over how Facebook charges for campaign ads, after a Wired report showed that Trump faced much lower rates than Clinton in the 2016 presidential election. And FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn joins the show to talk about net neutrality, the upcoming Sinclair merger, sky-high prison phone rates, and what the Federal Communications Commission is doing to help restore communications post–Hurricane Maria.

Stories discussed on the show:

Slate: Why Is Vero Going Viral?

Slate: YouTube Is Struggling to Deal With the Conspiracy Theory Videos That Flood the Site

Don’t Close My Tabs:

Wired: How Trump Conquered Facebook—Without Russian Ads

An Uber driver’s playlists: @TEEJUS

Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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If Then is presented by Slate and Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, follow us on Twitter and sign up for our weekly newsletter.