Section 230 does not need to be abolished — it needs to be revised. We need to clarify the distinction between hosts, content-sharing services, content-discovery services, content-consumption services, discussion boards, and publishers.
I am happy to see Facebook solidify and tighten their advertiser vetting process. The lack of anonymity and identity verification makes it harder to spread fake news and propaganda with impunity.
It is worth reiterating that none of the big tech companies owe anybody anything with regards to the type of content they are willing to host.
When the service is free, the provider of such service owes nothing to consumers and everything to the sponsors.
In the recent weeks, there have been reports of Twitter and Facebook censoring, blocking, and shadowbanning American Republicans on their platforms. The outrage brings up a few interesting points that are worth discussing.
In my post on social media and intersection of politics and technology I wrote about a social networking platform that addresses the ills of the current big providers like Facebook and Twitter in light of the 2016 election interference. I have more thoughts on the topic today. I am not going to rehash what everyone … Continue reading Leaving Facebook and Twitter: here are the alternatives
It’s been awhile since I last wrote. I’ve been experiencing a sort of a writing block since at least six months ago. This post is my attempt to break it. Ever since the election I’ve been deeply concerned about the state of the United States. What used to be collegial disagreements over policy issues between … Continue reading When politics and technology intersect
I am going on a two week vacation to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary. One of the things I would like to accomplish is a clean up of my social media use. Another is a detox of sorts: I want to see if I can give up daily checking and participation in Facebook. I use … Continue reading Social Media Detox