For her second French Open win, Serena Williams prepared by learning to speak French. “I love Paris. I spend a lot of time here. I live here. I practice here. I think I am a Parisian,” Williams said en Français during the trophy ceremony. Almost exactly eleven years after beating her sister Venus for a first French Open win, USA Today reports that the career tennis player won her second title against last year’s champ Maria Sharapova, of whom Williams said, “She played a beautiful final. She’s a great champion. I hope to be with her again next year.” As with their match, Sharapova did her best to keep up. “Merci beaucoup,” she said.
[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.