John Brennan had a couple of messages he wanted to send at his confirmation hearing this afternoon for his nomination to head the CIA. Brennan wore two bracelets on his right wrist: One was a black 9/11 bracelet that reads “9/11 Memorial” on one side and “United By Hope” on the other. The other was not a Livestrong bracelet, but a wristband paying tribute to Bowe Bergdahl, the Idaho-born American POW who has been held by the Taliban since June 2009 and remains the only American solider in enemy captivity.
[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.