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The internet never forgets: The digital footprint of trauma

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The logos of mobile apps Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Google and Messenger are displayed on a tablet. (Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images)
The logos of mobile apps Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, Google and Messenger are displayed on a tablet. (Denis Charlet/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sometimes the internet's long-lasting memory is a wonderful thing, such as when you have an important email archived or a family photo saved. But when traumatic moments happen, Big Tech algorithms remember them all the same and remind us of them.

Here & Now's Peter O'Dowd speaks with Lauren Goode, senior writer at Wired.

This segment aired on October 22, 2021.

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