White House says social media networks should be held accountable for spreading misinformation

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Reddit: Gulp!


… > “We’re reviewing that, and certainly they should be held accountable,” Bedingfield said. “And I think you’ve heard the president speak very aggressively about this. He understands this is an important piece of the ecosystem.” … cool. — let’s get on it ASAP!


Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects them from being held accountable for this. If they wanted to repeal Section 230, companies that allow user posted content (everything from Amazon reviews, to Youtube videos, to Reddit comments) would become responsible for the posted content. It’s basically impossible to police all user submitted data, and even if they did, they’d have to deal with all the frivolous “I have a right to free speech!” lawsuits.


Facebook and social media in general is going to upend society as we know it.


Professional rumor mills make money by facilitating the spread of rumors. That is a tautology. These rumor mills would go out of business if they made any kind of serious, effective effort to curb the spread of misinformation. It’s no surprise that they are fighting back against requests that they do so. I for one would not be unhappy if these rumor mills went out of business. However, it’s extremely unlikely that they will change their rumor-spreading policies in any signficant manner.