Friday, July 26, 2019
Facebook's $5 billion fine seems like a non-event, as more talk about CDA230 stirs
Facebook is paying a record $5 billion fine for its sins, and somehow I’m underwhelmed. Facebook still doesn’t have to tell people about new tricks up its sleeve.
Charlie Kirk of the WPost writes that “it is time to treat platforms like Facebook as publishers” and take away Section 230, but that means they just will be choosy about who gets to speak, like regular publishers. Maybe they’ll put in a formal social creditworthiness test. It would be a much bigger deal if this applied to hosting platforms, too.
Tim Pool reports on another “stop Internet censorship act” coming out of Congress that may target 230.