The batteries in the black boxes on Flight 370 were expected to die sometime last week, and since no pings have been detected in six days, the Australian official coordinating the search declared on Monday, “it is time to go underwater.” Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said the Bluefin-21, a 16-foot submersible drone, will be deployed from the Australian ship Ocean Shield on Monday night. The vessel will be deployed for 24 hours at a time to map the ocean floor. An oil slick spotted near the search area on Sunday is being analyzed, but the chance of finding clues on the ocean surface has “greatly diminished,” Houston said. “I would caution against raising hopes that the deployment of the underwater vehicle will result in detection of underwater wreckage,” he added. “It may not. However, this is the best lead we have.”
[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.