Following the public outcry over the horrifyingly tacky USA-shaped platter featuring hearts where the planes hit on 9/11, the item has been pulled from the National September 11 Memorial Museum’s gift shop. Joe Daniels, president of the memorial foundation, tells The Wall Street Journal that in the future, 9/11 victims’ family members who sit on the foundation’s board will be asked to approve items sold at the site. “Once the public starts coming in, you learn so much,” Daniels said. “We in no way presume to get everything right. We will accept that criticism, absolutely.” It sounds like museum visitors are going to be forced to find dog vests that don’t commemorate one of the biggest tragedies in American history.
[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.