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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?
Don’t Close My Tabs:
An Uber driver’s playlists: @TEEJUS
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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