Shared Links (weekly) May 1, 2022

Shared Links (weekly) May 1, 2022

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…

Linked: Section 230 and the complications of free speech on the internet
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Linked: Section 230 and the complications of free speech on the internet

This is ultimately the nightmare scenario for the internet if Section 230 is just wiped out. “Example: if platforms are made responsible for everything millions of users post on their sites, they will have to read it all first. This would mark the end of the internet as a forum for real time communication. It…

Linked: The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online
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Linked: The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online

I wrote about Section 230 last week. This comes from David French at Time. “It’s difficult to overstate how important this law is for the free speech of ordinary Americans. For 24 years we’ve taken for granted our ability to post our thoughts and arguments about movies, music, restaurants, religions, and politicians. While different sites…

Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It
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Why Section 230 Actually Matters For the Internet as we Know It

I found this article from The Hill to be rather enlightening on the subject of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Because it shows that most of the critics of it, on both sides of the political spectrum, simply don’t understand what it is. Most of them seem to think it either: Frees big…