Linked – The Plan To Sunset Section 230 Is About A Rogue Congress Taking The Internet Hostage If It Doesn’t Get Its Way

Linked – The Plan To Sunset Section 230 Is About A Rogue Congress Taking The Internet Hostage If It Doesn’t Get Its Way

How many companies that provide hosting or build platforms for other people to communicate can’t afford to defend themselves every time someone posts something that results in litigation? Many will be forced to shut down due to the risk. Many will be targeted specifically in the hope that they will have to shut down.

When that happens, more and more voices will be silenced online. Only the rich can afford to build their platforms and keep lawyers around to defend themselves. Google and Meta will be OK. The rest of us will no longer have any outlets for ourselves. Our opportunities to communicate online with each other will be limited to what Big Tech says we can do.

It’s hard not to assume that is the goal, though.

Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much
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Congressional Think Tank Sees the Problem with Age Verification – Members Not so Much

Proving your identity and your age eliminates the ability for anyone to remain anonymous. You might argue that is a good thing, but I’ll take the opposite side. There are plenty of reasons for someone to remain anonymous online, and why we’d be worse off eliminating that. Whistleblowers, political dissidents of fascist governments, victims of childhood and spousal abuse, people dealing with mental health issues, women, the LGBTQ community, and many others have legitimate reasons to fear being identified. Do we want to eliminate them all from the public space?

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Social Networks Start Shutting Down Right-Wing Accounts, Are they Right?
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Social Networks Start Shutting Down Right-Wing Accounts, Are they Right?

Let me make a distinction here, between what the “right” thing to do for a social media company would be, and what they are within their rights to do. I am on record as saying I am for more free speech, almost always. Because I want stupid, dangerous people to be as public as they…