This Week in Google with Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, Stacey Higginbotham, and Ant Pruitt

Mar 30th 2022

This Week in Google 657

You Can't Shoot Their Feet

Russian propaganda, how platforms fight disinformation, Eric Schmidt
Records live every Wednesday at 5:00pm Eastern / 2:00pm Pacific / 22:00 UTC.
Guests: Joan Donovan
Category: News
  • Who Is Behind QAnon? Linguistic Detectives Find Fingerprints.
  • Joan explains what she's seeing from Russian disinformation with the war in Ukraine.
  • Verizon blames ‘bad actors’ for the spam text you got from your own number.
  • SBU exposes five enemy “bot farms” over past month.
  • Facebook paid Republican strategy firm to malign TikTok.
  • TikTok being used by 16% of British toddlers, Ofcom finds.
  • Do people REALLY believe flat Earth conspiracy or is it performative?
  • FCC commissioner starts dangerous strategy to impose speech on platforms.
  • ‘Devious licks’ and ‘slap a teacher’ trends were reportedly part of Meta’s anti-TikTok campaign.
  • The White House is briefing TikTok stars about the war in Ukraine.
  • Are you most vulnerable to disinformation when you are in information seeking mode online?
  • The marketplace of rationalizations.
  • Analysis of the mematic foundation of "Don't Say Gay" bill.
  • Will Smith’s Shocking Oscars Slap Ignites Twitter With Highest Overall Engagements to Date.
  • Twitter data indicates most of country backs Chris Rock after Oscars spat with Will Smith.
  • A Google billionaire's fingerprints are all over Biden's science office.
  • Waymo says fully driverless rides are coming to San Francisco.
  • Google Docs is getting more Markdown support.
  • Create externally friendly booking pages with appointment scheduling in Google Calendar.
  • Google rolling out Nest Hub UI redesign that bootloops some displays in the process.
  • Gboard will ‘Emojify’ what you’ve typed with new magic wand button.
  • Google marks Chrome OS 100 with preview of upcoming Launcher redesign.
  • Google Chrome hits version 100 with new icon for desktop and mobile.
  • A return-to-office pain in the ass: Google is taking away its bidets.
  • Google Docs can write your meta descriptions.
  • TIkTok dining.
  • Because Oil Drilling Isn’t Destructive Enough, ExxonMobil Is Getting Into Bitcoin Mining, Too.


  • Joan - Off the Edge: Flat Earthers, Conspiracy Culture, and Why People Will Believe Anything
  • Jeff - Looking Back on the Origin of Skip Intro Five Years Later
  • Leo - Vinyl record sales in 2021 at highest level for 30 years
  • Leo - Museum of Endangered Sounds

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