After she was named as the hooker whose dalliance with Eliot Spitzer was recorded by the Feds, Ashley Dupré turned down several opportunities to pose in nudie magazines. “I love my body, and I’m not opposed to nude pictures,” she told the Post. “But coming out of that, I didn’t want to feel further objectified.” Now, after finding out Madonna once posed nude, the aspiring singer is apparently ready, “as long as it’s on my terms.” Whatever. We just hope that means black socks and nothing else.
[Facebook’s rationale for leaving up the Pelosi video] is ridiculous. The only thing the incident shows is how expert Facebook has become at blurring the lines between simple mistakes and deliberate deception, thereby abrogating its responsibility as the key distributor of news on the planet.
Would a broadcast network air this? Never. Would a newspaper publish it? Not without serious repercussions. Would a marketing campaign like this ever pass muster? False advertising.
No other media could get away with spreading anything like this because they lack the immunity protection that Facebook and other tech companies enjoy under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 was intended to spur innovation and encourage start-ups. Now it’s a shield to protect behemoths from any sensible rules. …
By conflating censorship with the responsible maintenance of its platforms, and by providing “rules” that are really just capricious decisions by a small coterie of the rich and powerful, Facebook and others have created a free-for-all with no consistent philosophy.