With only two days left until Hanukkah begins, American Jews will be forced, once again, to confront the conspicuous absence of holiday pop music of our own. For all intents and purposes, there’s really only one Hanukkah song you’ll hear on the radio each year Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song.” Sure, it’s still funny after listening to it about 500 times at this point, but for the sake of variety, we could use maybe one more song. Perhaps that’s pushing things a bit too far, too fast. But if we had our druthers, the newest addition to the Hanukkah-song compendium would be the one written by Mormon senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. Hatch authored and sort-of performed the song “Eight Days of Hanukkah” because, for reasons related to Mormonism that we’re not entirely clear on, he loves Jews. “Anything I can do for the Jewish people, I will do,” he told the Times. Senator, with just this one song, you have done more than we could ever hope for.
[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.