Chad Seegars, 20, was in a Rikers Island visitor area in February 2012 when a stranger grabbed him and cut his face, leaving an eight-inch cut that required 90 stitches on his right cheek. According to a new lawsuit, a correction officer found a way to make things worse. Seegars is suing the officer for taking a photo of his injury without his consent and posting it on Facebook under the title “The Things Tht Happens On The Island Smhh.”
[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.