GeekSpeak for 2018-01-19 on Social Media with Manton Reece

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We have been talking about the problems with Twitter, Facebook, and social media throughout the last year. Our guest has too, and he’s trying to do something about it. Manton Reece, talks about, the technology it is built on, and how he is being thoughtful about building something new.

Today’s social networks are broken. Ads are everywhere. Hate and harassment are too common. Fake news spreads unchecked.
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