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Why The Problems With Police And Social Media Both Are Symptoms Of The Same Disease: A Failure Of Society To Actually Help Those In Need

I‘ve written in the past, many times, about how so many people keep wanting to blame social media companies, or intermediary liability laws, for what are only a manifestation of larger societal issues. Social media is only serving to make evident what was previously hidden. A few weeks ago, we quoted UK lawyer Heather Burns noting that intermediary liability laws were being expected to pick up the slack for a wide variety of other failures

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AT&T Appears Committed To Being Comically Hypocritical On Section 230

Telecom giants like Comcast and ATT have spent the last three or four years pushing (quite successfully) for massive deregulation of their own monopolies, while pushing for significant new regulation of the Silicon Valley giants, whose ad revenues they‘ve coveted for decades. As such, it wasn‘t surprising to see ATT come out with an incredibly dumb blog post last August throwing its full support behind Trump‘s legally dubious a

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Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

This week, both our winners on the insightful side come from our post about the latest story showing Facebook bent over backwards to have different rules for "conservative voices" on the platform, to avoid accusations of anti-conservative bias. The first place comment comes from bhull242, responding to the assertion that the terms "misinformation and hate" just mean something you disagree with: How are death threats, advocacy for genocide, th

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Game Jam Winner Spotlight: Art Apart and There Are No Eyes Here

So far, we‘ve featured ~THE GREAT GATSBY~ and The Great Gatsby Tabletop Roleplaying Game in this series of posts about the winners of our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It‘s 1925. Today, we move on the pair of games that were tied as winners in the Best Remix category: Art Apart by Ryan Sullivan and There Are No Eyes Here by jukel. Both games were obvious contenders for the category, and ultimately it proved too difficult to c

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The Best Summary Of Australia‘s News Link Tax / ‘Bargaining Code‘

I‘ve been somewhat amazed at the response to Facebook‘s decision in Australia to first block news links, in response to a dangerous new law, and then to cave in and cut deals with news organizations to pay for links. Most amazing to me is that otherwise reasonable people in Australia got very angry at me, insisting that I was misrepresenting the tax. They keep insisting it‘s not a tax, and that it‘s a "competition" respon

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Content Moderation Case Study: Removing Nigerian Police Protest Content Due To Confusion With COVID Misinfo Rules (2020)

Summary: With the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the large social media companies very quickly put in place policies to try to handle the flood of disinformation about the disease, responses, and treatments. How successful those new policies have been is subject to debate, but in at least one case, the effort to fact check and moderate COVID information ran into a conflict with people reporting on violent protests (totally unrelate

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