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The Half Hour w/ YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis: Episode 8, Facebook & Frances Haugen

Extemporaneous Speakers, you are in luck! You found the right place to learn, grab usable research, and improve your extemporaneous craft. This week's episode of The Half Hour with YuYu and Spencer explores the impact of the Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen on social media regulation discussions.


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-----Description of Podcast-----

The problems brought up by former Facebook employee, Frances Haugen, illustrate a real internal problem within Facebook, as well as external social issues that might potentially damage the company’s reputation. In this episode, YuYu Yuan and Spencer Travis work to answer the question: Is this the sign that indicates the need for regulations on social media companies?

-----Sources from this Video-----

  1. CBS News - Frances Haugen’s 60 Minutes Facebook Whistleblower Interview -

  2. CNBC - Democrats and Republicans show rare unity in desire to crack down on big tech companies -

  3. Wired - In Nigeria, Facebook's Outage Revealed a Dangerous Dominance -

  4. Bloomberg - Facebook Outage Shows Risks of Its Monopoly, Ocasio-Cortez Says -

  5. Mass Live - Facebook shutdown cost up to $230 million in 6 hours -

  6. NPR - Why Facebook and Instagram went down for hours on Monday -

  7. Consumer Technology Bill of Rights -

  8. CNET - Section 230 is Currently Protecting Facebook -

  9. Brookings - Can Congress Mandate Meaningful Transparency for Tech Platforms? -

  10. TIME - How Facebook Forced a Reckoning By Putting the Company Ahead of Profits -

-----About The Half Hour-----

The Half Hour is a current events podcast designed with the intention of helping Extemp competitors (and other Speech and Debate members, as well as listening for the general public) understand the importance of political, social, or economical events on a domestic and international scale. As Extemp competitors only have half an hour to prep a speech, the podcast is designed to brief competitors in the same amount of time it would take for them to prep. Each episode looks at both sides of current events while providing background information to help expand upon the issue. The Half Hour also looks into common questions that people may be asked relating to current events and will work to answer them based on credible news sources from both sides.

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-----Credits and Credentials-----

Video/Audio Recording: Zoom Video Communications

Production Recording: OBS Studio

Design Production: Adobe Spark

Hosts: YuYu Yuan, Spencer Travis

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Produced By: Spencer Travis

Edited By: Joshua Mitchell

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Music By: Lyle Wiley (Production: GarageBand)

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