While the platforms have made an effort to combat health misinformation and disinformation, Facebook, Google, and Twitter have historically shied from making judgments about political content or content that doesn’t explicitly tell the viewer to do something that will cause them harm. In the past, all three have maintained they are merely technology platforms and not arbiters of truth—at times to a ridiculous extent.Conspiracy theorists have exploited this position to great effect, creating misinformation that narrowly fits within a platform’s rules. For example, a video that suggests vaccines are ineffective or poisonous is considered “borderline content” by YouTube and is therefore demoted in its rankings—but not taken down. That doesn’t always stop its spread. Content makers can use other platforms to direct viewers to their videos. And in the event that a video is taken down—for example, in the case of the misinformation-riddled viral … [Read more...] about As health misinformation and politics collide, social networks face a choice
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Even if the order passed muster in the courts, its workability is questionable. It may enlist the Federal Trade Commission to review complaints about anti-conservative bias from consumers. It could enlist the Federal Communications Commission to reexamine social media’s obligations under Section 230. One FCC commissioner, the Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, is already expressing doubt. “Social media can be frustrating, but an executive order that would turn the Federal Communications Commission into the president’s speech police is not the answer,” she said in a statement Thursday. … [Read more...] about Trump’s new executive order is a ‘mugging of the First Amendment,’ says Sen. Wyden
No matter how it plays out, however, Trump has sparked a larger debate about the responsibilities of online publishers to moderate user content—and that debate may evolve in unpredictable ways. Congress will almost certainly take up a thorough review of Section 230—especially since both Trump and Joe Biden have called for its repeal. And while Trump embracing this issue could drive sympathetic Democrats in the opposite direction, there’s a good chance that we’re seeing the beginning of the end of an era for Silicon Valley. Even if Congress takes a few years to overturn Section 230, the specter of revoking immunity alone will encourage the Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general to speed up their existing antitrust investigations into the major platforms. However you look at it, change is coming. … [Read more...] about Trump vs. Twitter: Is there a silver lining in the Section 230 fight?
One solitary April evening. As the sun prepared to dip down the elm and the streets remained eerily deserted, Fouzia Dastango rolled in on my Macbook. Dressed in white, her hair pulled in a loose coil, her eye lined with kohl, she was narrating an incident in the life of Hasan Jahan Begum - her gestures animated and her inflexions perfect in Begamati zuban, a dialect once specifically used by women in 19th century zenanas (women’s quarters) of Urdu-speaking cities. Accompanying Fouzia was Saneya, a professor of English literature who is writing her doctoral dissertation on Begamati. As the two storytellers dropped typical zenana proverbs and repeated anecdotes, viewers across five continents stayed glued to their flat screens to beat their quarantine blues through Rekhta Live —Unheard and Unplugged. … [Read more...] about Beat lockdown blues: Set 8 pm reminder for RekhtaLive music and poetry