Well this is terrible: At around 2 p.m. on Sunday, two or three gunmen opened fire as around 200 Mother’s Day celebrants watched a brass band round the corner of Frenchman Street and North Villere Street in New Orleans’s Seventh Ward. Luckily, no one was killed, but at least seventeen people — two of them reportedly children — were injured. Though there were a number of cops on the scene, the suspects managed to flee. “This is an extremely unusual occurrence, and we’re confident that we will make swift arrests,” said police spokesman Remi Braden, who also confirmed that “most of the wounds are not life-threatening.”
[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.