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These past few weeks, as you’ve no doubt noticed, we’ve been covering Facebook. Meanwhile, our last feature, from Uri Friedman, was a look at darker populist currents swirling within one democracy, Germany. Today’s new feature links these obsessions of the Masthead. In this issue, Linda Kinstler brings us a lengthy report on Germany’s attempt to manage speech online as the country’s new “Facebook Law” goes into effect. (Masthead members are getting early, exclusive access to this Atlantic feature story for a week ahead ahead of its publication.) We will continue to follow up on both of these themes—the role of giant technology platforms in democracies worldwide, and the homes ugly speech finds in the world—in coming issues of the Masthead.

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