Approximately 1,250 Super Bowl–going fans were displaced at Cowboys Stadium Sunday night because their seats were deemed “unsafe.” All the unsafe seats were above empty spaces, so the stability of those structures apparently was the issue. Eight hundred and fifty of the displaced fans were given somewhere else to sit, and 400 people were forced to watch the game on monitors in standing-only areas. Those turned away will be given a refund of triple the face value. That might sound good, but $2,700 for $900 tickets may not be enough for those who paid more from scalpers or had to pay for hotels and traveling, and then had a pretty awful night standing. [WP, ABC]
[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.