Vox Admits It Got Section 230 Wrong, Fixes Its Mistake

from the good-work dept

Last week we wrote about how annoying it was that major media publications were misrepresenting Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and suggesting -- completely without merit -- that the law was designed to keep platforms "neutral" or that they were mere "pass through" vehicles, rather than actively engaged in moderation. We pointed out that online trolls and grandstanding politicians were making this incorrect claim, but it was not an accurate statement of the law, and the media should know better. In our comments, some people called me out for not suggesting that the media was being deliberately dishonest, and in response I noted that there wasn't any evidence of deliberateness from most of them (not so much with the trolls and especially grandstanding politicians like Ted Cruz, who have been told, repeatedly, that they are misrepresenting CDA 230). I hoped that it was just a mistake that would be corrected.

Perhaps surprisingly, the author of the Vox article that I called out, Jane Coaston, did exactly that. After a few others called out her article, including Harvard's Jonathan Zittrain, Coaston has now apologized and done a massive rewrite on the original article to make it more accurate:

In this era when so many people seem to want to dig in and defend incorrect things, I think it deserves recognition and kudos when people (especially reporters) can admit they made a mistake and to then correct those mistakes.

Filed Under: cda 230, jane coaston, section 230


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    Anonymous Coward, 14 May 2019 @ 5:30pm

    Please please please people!!!

    This is an article about section 230 and we all know the resident anti-230 troll will appear here constantly spewing misinformation and bullshit.

    So everybody PLEASE just flag the post and move on.

    There is no need to respond to his comments as he refuses to listen to logic, reason and facts. He gets off on having people refute him as he comes up with new "catch phrases" (distributor liability) and will not let it go. And he is full of baseless and impotent threats of cops and lawyers and subpeones, etc.

    So can we all just PLEASE not feed the troll and just flag his posts and move on!!


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