Sunday, January 24, 2021

EFF appears to give a nod to a Guardian piece whose speakers urge crackdowns by social media companies.


Reno, 2018

Electronic Frontier Foundation created a bit of a stir Sunday when it tweeted a reference to a UK Guardian article interviewing ten people on how to fix social media, now that radicalization, as shown by the January 6 riot (as well as Charlottesville, Christchurch, and other such incidents) seems so out of control.  Banning Trump and maybe some of his political accomplices won’t itself fix the problem.  

Admirably, one expert reminded readers of the Santa Clara Principles, which are supposed to provide some due process when speakers are to be taken down.

One executive said that Section 230 should not be construed as providing platforms from liability immunity for what some speakers inspire others to actually do.  This sentiment was echoed a few times and seems to call into question “gratuitous” political speech, or implicit content, and encourage platforms or even hosts to audit the intentions of their customers.

The executive was from Reddit was particularly telling, as she seemed to favor cross-checking and blacklisting of bad actors.

 Hunter Avallone, whom I met at the Minds conference in Philadelphia on Aug 31, 2019, now talks about censorship with a new view. 

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