From Pine View Farm

The Disinformation Superhighway 0

Pig asks the Wise Ass on the Hill,

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Remember, when Section 230 was passed in the mid-1990s, “social” media was not a thing.

The great majority of web content was static websites, Usenet forums, and the like. Prodigy and Compuserve were big players, and AOL was on the way to being one. The provision was designed to protect web hosts, such as GoDaddy and Inmotion Hosting, and similar services from being held liable for material posted by users and, alternatively, users from censorship by the services.

There were no algorithms manipulating what you might see next.

I suggest that an argument can be made that, when “services” manipulate content with secretive algorithms so as to attract and keep eyeballs, their claims of being innocent providers of neutral platforms for posters can be questioned.

(Typo corrected.)


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