Techdirt Podcast Episode 159: What Does It Mean For Social Media To Be Held Accountable?

from the the-ongoing-discussion dept

This isn't the first time we've discussed this on the podcast, and it probably won't be the last — disinformation online is a big and complicated topic, and there are a whole lot of angles to approach it from. This week, we're joined by Renee DiResta, who has been researching disinformation ever since the anti-vaxxer movement caught her attention, to discuss what exactly it means to say social media platforms should be held accountable.

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    Anonymous Coward, 20 Mar 2018 @ 3:12pm

    online 'accountability'

    Much rests on the definition of "held accountable." Should people go to jail for what they say online, and if so, what should the threshold be?

    Today a Scottish comedian was convicted of making an offensive joke in a Youtube video, and faces up to 6 months in prison.

    https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2389593/coatbridge-youtube-comedian-found-guilty-over-n azi-pug-salute-video/

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      Anonymous Coward, 20 Mar 2018 @ 4:25pm

      Re: online 'accountability'

      Not sure how that would pass muster with the constitution, as if that matters anymore - Meh.

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        Anonymous Coward, 21 Mar 2018 @ 6:46am

        Re: Re: online 'accountability'

        it does not matter any more.

        try exercising your 1st amendment rights with anything that is classified or marked "state secret"
        try exercising your 2nd amendment rights in front of the police.
        try exercising your 4th, 5th, or 6th rights in the judicial system.

        Lets just say we are not even trying anymore, we are just loosely obeying the constitution when it suits our politics and casting it aside just a quickly for the same.

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