Liz Cheney suffered a little embarrassment on Wednesday, when the Jackson Hole News and Guide reported that she posted a $220 bond in Wyoming for “making a false statement to procure a fishing license.” The former vice-president’s daughter has been accused of illegally obtaining the $24 state resident’s license in August of last year — just a few months after she bought a home in Wyoming so that she could run for one of its Senate seats — by signing a statement saying that she had lived there for at least 365 days. (She could have gotten a non-resident’s license for just $92.) Cheney, who is still trailing fellow Republican opponent Mike Enzi in the polls, has issued a statement claiming that the Game & Fish Department clerk was not clear about the residency requirements when she filled out the application, but nothing says “Wyoming carpetbagger” like not having lived in the state long enough to legally hunt its aquatic life.
[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.