Beau Biden, Joe Biden’s oldest son, has suffered a number of health problems in recent years, and on Tuesday the vice-president’s office said he’s undergoing treatment at Water Reed National Military Medical Center. There have been no updates on his condition, but a source told CNN the situation is “serious.” Biden, 46, suffered a mild stroke in 2010 and underwent surgery in 2013 to remove a “small lesion” from his brain. He served two terms as Delaware’s attorney general and said last year that he would run for governor in 2016, but The Wall Street Journal reports his recent lack of public appearances sparked questions about his health and the campaign.
[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.