Perhaps, as a person on the internet, you are familiar with “on fleek.” (For the uninitiated and/or forgetful: The term, meaning “on point,” was popularized by Vine star Peaches Monroee, who used it in reference to her own eyebrows.) On Monday, the National Republican Congressional Committee (the entity that works to get members of the GOP elected to the House) announced that it, too, had heard of this “on fleek” business, via a tweet about President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget (see above). While the figure might be technically true (assuming a rate of $15 per brow wax), the NRCC’s hashtag usage seems … well, not on fleek. Stick with the golf idea, guys.
[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.