The state health department later restored some of Whitmer’s coronavirus restrictions by issuing rules under another section of Michigan law.One week later, federal and state police arrested a group of men who allegedly planned to kidnap Whitmer. Members of the Wolverine Watchmen militia were agitated by the governor’s coronavirus orders and spent months training with firearms and explosives while discussing how best to attack “tyrants” like Whitmer, the state Capitol in Lansing and police officers.Leaf appeared on stage with militia members involved with the plot during a May 2020 rally protesting Whitmer’s stay at home order in Grand Rapids. The sheriff faced calls to resign after suggesting the men could have been trying to make a lawful citizen’s arrest.Sheriffs can only be removed via the ballot box, resignation, or an order from the governor.
Starting in 2020, users can appeal moderation decisions to the board. The body will also be responsible for selecting “urgent” reviews and recommending policy generally.Facebook’s latest attempt at self regulation coincides with growing scrutiny from lawmakers over the company’s ability to rein in hate speech. Today, Facebook will join executives from Google and Twitter for the latest in a series of congressional hearings dedicated to discussing how social media companies can better prevent the spread of white supremacy and other extremist content.NIBBLES: The United States was not adequately prepared for foreign disinformation threats during the 2016 elections and isn’t equipped for election integrity challenges in the 2020 campaign, experts and policymakers warned during a symposium Tuesday on information and election security, my colleague Michelle Ye Hee Lee reports for the Technology 202.There has not been enough meaningful progress in the United States on protecting from foreign disinformation threats, and it remains difficult for policymakers and private companies to create systemic changes that do not impinge on freedom of expression, the speakers said.The event, co organized by PEN America, the Global Digital Policy Incubator at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center and Ellen Weintraub, chairwoman of the FEC, emphasized the need for lawmakers, public policy organizations, technology companies and the media to fulfill their responsibilities in ensuring election integrity and fight the spread of disinformation online, including new regulations, transparency on user data, increased fact checking in news coverage, and more, Michelle writes.Camille Francois, chief innovation officer at Graphika, a firm that identifies the spread of information online, said efforts by foreign actors during the 2018 midterm elections showed there are new and “more insidious” tactics since 2016, and that these actors had become better at hiding their traces.