Severe thunderstorms have pummeled Brooklyn all afternoon, turning the borough into a granola-filled version of Venice. Parts of it, at least. All three area airports were affected by the downpour, and at least six subway lines experienced delays. There were also reports of hail. Dramatic as it sounds, the intense storm and subsequent flooding didn’t deter intrepid camera-phone operators from applying the dramatic touch typically reserved for clouds to the water at their feet. It’s breathtaking stuff.
[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.