Former president Jimmy Carter has been teaching Sunday school in Plains, Georgia, for decades, usually drawing a crowd of about 100. But following Carter’s announcement this month that his cancer has spread to his brain, the crowd jumped to 1,000. The Washington Post reports that this Sunday, Maranatha Baptist Church began letting people into their parking lot on Saturday night so they could sleep over in their cars and be first in line for Sunday’s service. About 400 people showed up for the service, with some driving for hours or even flying into town. Carter gave a lesson on forgiveness, then took a photo with each person who showed up (but no selfies). He also gave an update on his condition: “Doctors tell me they’ve made the most progress in the last five years in lung cancer and melanoma,” Carter said, “so, I’m lucky.”
[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.