Detroit’s emergency manager, Kevyn Orr, has said the city has no plans to sell its famed art collection, but it’s hired Christie’s to appraise the works because it just needs to know how much the stuff is worth for its bankruptcy process. The Detroit Institute of Arts is not ready to take the city at its word. Officials there have hired their own attorney to represent the museum’s interests, and pointed out to The Wall Street Journal that the museum is held in a “public trust” that prevents it from being forced into a sale. Still, Orr hasn’t taken such a sale off the table, CNN reports. It’s all very uneasy, but at the very least the appraisal will put a dollar value to this one shining asset in a city that is otherwise crumbling. And that will be interesting, if a bit salacious.
[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.