Jessica Guynn, Knoxville News Sentinel

Jessica Guynn

Knoxville News Sentinel

San Francisco, CA, United States

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Past articles by Jessica:

'Deeply offensive' blackface video of California high school student sparks backlash

Videos circulating on social media show a California high school student in blackface using a racial slur. → Read More

Facebook while black: Users call it getting 'Zucked,' say talking about racism is censored as hate speech

Black Facebook users complain they can't talk about racism without being censored for hate speech. Civil rights groups want Facebook to fix it. → Read More

Some Microsoft employees allege policies 'discriminate' against Asians, white men

Debate is raging at Microsoft after some employees questioned the company's push to recruit more women and minorities on an internal message board. → Read More

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be held accountable in FTC settlement, report says

The FTC is considering whether to hold CEO Mark Zuckerberg accountable for privacy lapses in how Facebook handles people's data. → Read More

Facebook nominates Peggy Alford, first African American woman, to its board of directors

Alford's nomination would be a major step in diversifying Facebook's board. Erskine Bowles and Reed Hastings will not be nominated for re-election. → Read More

Ted Cruz threatens to regulate Facebook, Google and Twitter over charges of anti-conservative bias

Republican lawmakers led by Ted Cruz accused Facebook, Google and Twitter of censoring conservatives and threatened regulation. → Read More

What does 'white fragility' mean? Facebook discussions about race add new words to dictionaries

It used to take decades for new words to find their way into dictionaries. In the Facebook age, they can quickly break into mainstream use. → Read More

Facebook to restrict Facebook Live after New Zealand mosque shootings, Sheryl Sandberg says

Facebook is considering restrictions on who can livestream on the social network following shootings at two New Zealand mosques, Sheryl Sandberg said. → Read More

After New Zealand mosque shootings and civil rights backlash, Facebook bans white nationalism, separatism

The move to ban white nationalist and white separatist content on Facebook and Instagram marks a major step in reckoning with white supremacist content. → Read More

Facebook vows to stop ad discrimination against African-Americans, women and older workers

Facebook settled five lawsuits alleging its targeting tools allowed advertisers to exclude certain groups from seeing housing and employment offers. → Read More

'Affirmative action for the rich:' Wealthy parents use their privilege to game the college system. And it's perfectly legal

Wealthy and influential parents routinely use their privilege to game the college admissions process. And it's perfectly legal. → Read More

What's playing at this California theater? Donald Trump protests (and some movies, too)

Allen Michaan, owner of the Grand Lake Theatre in Oakland, uses his movie marquee to protest Trump. "This is my contribution to the resistance," he says. → Read More

How a few shady social media posts fed a viral firestorm over Covington Catholic (and why it will happen again)

USA TODAY analyzed more than 3 million tweets and thousands of Facebook posts to show how controversy can be manufactured on Facebook and Twitter and boil over into the mainstream. → Read More

If you’ve been harassed online, you’re not alone. More than half of Americans say they’ve been subject to hate

More than half of Americans have experienced hateful speech or harassment and more than a third say they've been attacked online. → Read More

Amazon names first black exec Starbuck's Rosalind Brewer to all-white board in 'barrier-breaking' appointment

In 'barrier-breaking' appointment, Rosalind Brewer joins all-white board as first black director amid growing pressure on Amazon to increase diversity. → Read More

Good ol' boys network, meet black girl magic: Black women are changing Silicon Valley

For years, black women have been overlooked in tech. Now their companies are raising millions and forcing investors to pay attention. → Read More

'I don't miss it at all.' There's life after deleting Facebook, some former users say

SAN FRANCISCO – Abbey Fatica joined Facebook in 2004 after graduating from Ohio State, when the social network was for college students only. Soon it became an everyday – or even every hour – part of her life, constantly tugging at her attention, whether she was posting pictures of her four children, updates from her two businesses or catching up with friends and relatives. But over the past… → Read More

Live Google hearing: CEO tells Congress there are no current plans for China project

SAN FRANCISCO – Google's chief executive officer Sundar Pichai rejected claims of political bias against conservatives in his first-ever appearance before Congress while emphasizing the American roots of the internet company. Republican lawmakers hammered Pichai, at times asserting that Google manipulates search results to show conservatives in a negative light or to suppress the viewpoints of… → Read More

Facebook emails suggest company explored selling people's data despite pledges not to

Internal Facebook emails, some involving CEO Mark Zuckerberg, suggest it considered charging developers for access to users' personal information. → Read More

Facebook emails suggest company explored selling people's data despite pledges not to

Internal Facebook emails, some involving CEO Mark Zuckerberg, suggest it considered charging developers for access to users' personal information. → Read More