Donald Trump has been turning heads over the past week for declaring, seemingly out of the blue, that he’s now pro-life after years of supporting abortion rights. In a coincidental stroke of good luck, this philosophical change of heart took place just in time for him to explore (or at least pretend to explore) a run for the Republican Party presidential nomination. But abortion isn’t the only issue on which Trump has lurched rightward over the years. See what else has changed between 1999, when Trump spent months looking into a run for president as a third-party candidate, and now.
[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.