The wealthy owner of an art gallery in the Carlyle Hotel took a plea Tuesday in the massive federal case against an alleged illegal gambling operation that sounds like something out of a movie, not least because it involves actual movie stars. Hillel “Helly” Nahmad pleaded guilty to one count of operating an illegal gambling business that evolved, as New York reported over the summer, from a regular poker game at Tobey Maguire’s house. Nahmad managed to avoid racketeering, money laundering, and fraud charges, but he still faces twelve to eighteen months in prison.
[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.