[UPDATE] Elizabeth Warren Is NOT Cosponsoring A Bill To Repeal 230

from the what-are-you-doing-liz? dept

Big Update: It turns out that this was a clerical error on the part of a Senate staffer, and that Elizabeth Warren is not co-sponsoring this bill from Lindsey Graham to repeal Section 230. The Congress.gov site is expected to be corrected and her name removed as a co-sponsor some time soon. I am leaving the original story below for posterity, but it's good to see that Senator Warren hasn't gone completely over to the dark side on this.

Original story here:

So, just yesterday I wrote about how Democratic Senators had been shying away from co-sponsoring bills with Senator Josh Hawley. Throughout 2019 and 2020, even as Hawley's populist fascist tendencies had become abundantly clear, Democrats were willing to partner with him because he was "anti-big tech." But after January 6th of last year, suddenly Hawley was left shouting on Fox News, rather than teaming up with Democrats to sponsor bills to regulate the internet.

So... it was more than a bit of a surprise that, yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren's name popped up as a co-sponsor on S.2972, a bill from Republican Senators Lindsey Graham, Josh Hawley, and Marsha Blackburn, to literally repeal Section 230.

It's such a bizarre and nonsensical move. Even for Senators who support reforming Section 230, repealing it seems unlikely to accomplish what they think it will. And, even more to the point, Warren is apparently already aware of how removing Section 230 can cause significant harm. She was behind a previous bill in the Senate that was designed to study the impact of FOSTA on sex workers, after tons of people realized (way too late, and despite widespread warnings from multiple experts) that FOSTA would create massive consequences for the sex work industry (and related industries).

Over the last couple of years, ever since she lost the Presidential primary, Warren seems to have shifted further and further away from the thoughtful Senator "with a detailed plan to fix things" to one who has fully embraced pure, naked, populism for the sake of political gain. She's especially leaned hard into attacking internet companies in ways that are extremely disappointing. Even if you believe that the big internet companies (and the wider internet itself) require regulation -- an argument that is easily defensible -- she has embraced truly extreme and unconstitutional positions that generate headlines and screams of support from people who just want to punish big companies, rather than create a better world.

This latest move -- teaming up with three extremist Republican Senators -- on a bizarrely stupid and dangerous plan to flat out repeal Section 230 makes absolutely no sense at all, and I don't see how it accomplishes any of Senator Warren's stated goals. Without Section 230, you end up helping the largest internet companies cement their position, while punishing smaller competitors and killing them with legal liability for things that they didn't actually do.

This is an unfortunate and cynical move by a Senator who I had thought was better than that.

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Filed Under: elizabeth warren, intermediary liability, josh hawley, lindsey graham, marsha blackburn, populism, section 230


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 10:57am

    Ah yes, the extreme position of checks notes getting fed up with a megacorporation acting like a churlish antagonistic troll and messing up. I’d still have her as an ally against Big Tech any day.

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    Jojo (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:01am

    Honestly this clip sums it up beautifully:
    https://youtu.be/PcR_wdAMkOs

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:02am

    Re:

    Except 230 reform isn't an effort against Big Tech in a practical sense despite how they see it. It will ultimately weaken the freedoms of individuals. "Big Tech" will be just fine regardless of how the laws get shaped. They can afford to adapt. But the individual doesn't have the budget or the voice at the table to make sure their interests are represented.

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  4. icon
    That Anonymous Coward (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:03am

    Watching CSPAN & listening to them on talk shows is much more tolerable when you add a sit com laugh track.

    Some day I hope humans rediscover critical thinking, look at their political leadership & purge them all.

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    CFGX (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:07am

    Warren has always been an idiot populist trying to govern like the entire nation is a Twitter feed. If you thought better of her by this late stage in the game, that's honestly more on you.

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  6. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:13am

    I’m now panicking because the proposal is bipartisan now because of this

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    arp2 (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:13am

    Blow it all up

    Perhaps I'm giving her too much credit, but maybe she actually knows the impact, but:

    1) She thinks 230 protects conservative misinformation more than liberal misinformation and so, she thinks she can win a nuclear war. and/or

    2) She thinks it will lead to better legislation. "Fine, let's repeal it. Watch what happens." It would absolutely create chaos and then there's a better window to write "good" legislation because everyone is suffering.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:23am

    Any lawmaker who wants to cause intentional suffering as a pretext to writing “good” legislation doesn’t deserve to hold any office at any level of government.

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  9. icon
    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:24am

    To wit: Facebook could survive the consequences of a 230 repeal, but the average Mastodon instance could not.

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  10. identicon
    benjamin, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:26am

    Re:

    no need to pancking yet i think democrats will opose that reform.

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    benjamin, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:30am

    Re: Re:

    not that reform that proposal right mike and now the democrats are occupied with the voting legislation and the democrats will not allowed section 230 to be repeal right mike ?

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  12. identicon
    benjamin, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:31am

    Re:

    mike in your opinon shall we started to panic yet or not ?

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  13. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:42am

    Potential Plot Twists

    • These senators pitched the bill to Warren as some sort of big-tech profit squeeze and she never checked to see if they were lying.

    • A new DNC rule came in that says to be eligible for primary races you need to have record of crossing the aisle and co-sponsoring at least one GOP bill. Warren then chose this from a hat.

    • The question "Do you want to co-sponsor a bill with Josh Hawley (Y/N)" appeared on her 1980's workstation and she though Y was short for "Yikes".

    • A magic talking cricket which only Warren can see told her to sign it if she wants to be a real politician one day.

    • Warren confused Section 230 with a Section 8 and thought she was helping Hawley forcibly retire.

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  14. identicon
    TFG, 14 Jan 2022 @ 11:57am

    Re: Potential Plot Twists

    Or, Warren's shifted wholly to pursuing personal interests rather than actual public interests, continuing the trend she started when she dropped out to help put Biden over Bernie as the Dem candidate.

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  15. icon
    Blake C. Stacey (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:04pm

    The letter I just sent:

    I am gravely concerned to see that Sen. Warren has co-sponsored a Republican bill to repeal the foundational document of Internet regulation known as Section 230. This is terrible on policy grounds: even those experts who support some type of regulatory reform agree that a total repeal of 230 would entrench monopolies and make it harder to moderate content and thus harder to fight online hate speech. Beyond that, it is terrible on optics: allying with the senator who fist-bumped the January 6th coup attempt?

    The Senator is, I'm sure, aware that regulatory changes require planning and evidence-based investigation. Indeed, it was not long ago that the Senator co-introduced the SAFE SEX Workers Study Act, which would have tasked the Department of Health and Human Services with investigating the effects of SESTA/FOSTA, the previous change to Section 230.

    On any subject as complex as Internet regulation, there will be times when reasonable people can differ. But this is a moment when the Senator owes the public an explanation.

    I voted for the Senator in the 2020 primary because I liked the candidate who "had a plan for that". What's the plan now?

    Regards,
    Blake C. Stacey

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  16. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:14pm

    Re:

    Keep up that attitude, and you will end up with no outlet for what you want to say, while politicians debate each other via radio, TV and newspapers. Burning down the town where you are living is a bad idea.

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    Blake C. Stacey (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:18pm

    Re:

    Yep. Facebook will live, and Wikipedia will die. Sounds like a bad trade to me.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:18pm

    Re:

    even those experts who support some type of regulatory reform agree that a total repeal of 230 would entrench monopolies and make it harder to moderate content

    Without section 230, not moderating can also lead to costly court battles. The only people who will win from changes to section 230 are the lawyers, and perhaps that is why congress is so keen on doing something.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:25pm

    Re: Re:

    Well, that mat depend on how much the have to spend on lawyers as various parties use the courts to control what stays up and what gets taken down. Also if Facebook get too toxic, they lose their user base, and value to advertisers.

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    Koby (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:36pm

    Aligned Interests

    So... it was more than a bit of a surprise that

    You keep getting surprised by the low opinion that the general public has developed of Section 230, and of Big Tech. The new Republican party is coming out against the Chamber of Commerce, and believe that a repeal will end the ability of social media to moderate based upon on political beliefs. The current Democrat legislators are loving the campaign donations from California, and enjoy the idea that the entrenched tech monopolies can do to speech what the government cannot.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:57pm

    the low opinion that the general public has developed of Section 230

    I can all but guarantee that a simple majority of Americans don’t even know what Section 230 is. If they had the proper and correct information about what Section 230 is⁠ (something you or your anti-230 brethren would never give out), they’d likely have a positive opinion of it.

    The new Republican party is coming out against the Chamber of Commerce, and believe that a repeal will end the ability of social media to moderate based upon on political beliefs.

    They would be wrong⁠. Social media companies currently moderate based on a form of community standards⁠—i.e., standards they believe will net them the largest possible community. Remove 230 and they’ll moderate based on politics⁠—specifically, they’ll moderate to make sure nothing beyond milquetoast, lukewarm, overwhelmingly centrist bullshit will ever be on their servers so they can avoid any and all legal liability for any third-party speech. To wit: Without 230, Twitter would’ve banned Donald Trump long before January 2021.

    The current Democrat legislators are loving the campaign donations from California, and enjoy the idea that the entrenched tech monopolies can do to speech what the government cannot.

    Funny, then, that alternatives to Twitter and Facebook exist⁠—and that neither Twitter nor Facebook can stop those alternatives from existing.

    Remember: The First Amendment protects your rights to speak freely and associate with whomever you want. It doesn’t give you the right to make others listen. It doesn’t give you the right to make others give you access to an audience. And it doesn’t give you the right to make a personal soapbox out of private property you don’t own. Nobody is entitled⁠—legally, morally, or ethically⁠—to a platform or an audience at the expense of someone else.

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  22. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:58pm

    Re: Aligned Interests

    You keep getting surprised by the low opinion that the general public has developed of Section 230

    The general public has no real opinion of 230, and among those that do, like you they seem to base it on blatantly false information that they believe to be true in spite of actual evidence.

    believe that a repeal will end the ability of social media to moderate based upon on political beliefs.

    Except that's wrong. As we've told you. And as the courts have said. The 1st Amendment protects that.

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  23. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re:

    I'm not one to panic no matter what, but no, this bill is still unlikely to go anywhere, which makes it that much more bizarre that Warren would sign on.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 1:00pm

    Re: Aligned Interests

    You keep getting surprised by the low opinion that the general public has developed of Section 230,

    More like the low opinion few loud mouthed, bigoted fascists have of it, because their message in not as acceptable to the public as they think it is.

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    Jojo (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 1:27pm

    Re: Aligned Interests

    Koby… why are you like this?

    The public is constantly put in the dark about this kind of thing. It’s not that the public have an low opinion on Section 230. It’s only because a minority of people actually know of Section 230’s existence. The beautiful simplicity of Section 230 is buried by pointless “debates” about whether toast should be buttered side up or down and yet the solution is always the same Nuclear Option. And that notion is always perpetuated by pretentious gaslighters that pretend that they know better, but don’t. People like Josh Hawley, Bluthmenthal, and you.

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    TFG, 14 Jan 2022 @ 1:35pm

    Re: Aligned Interests

    I am the general public. I have a very high opinion of Section 230. Please don't presume to speak for me.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 2:39pm

    Re:

    Facebook and other big companies can survive any reform/repeal of 230 and would in fact CEMENT their position. The ones lower on the todem pole trying to compete with them? Not so much.

    Big Tech would love NOTHING MORE than to be regulated because those who cannot afford the barrier to entry will collapse.

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    bwburke94 (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 2:52pm

    Elizabeth Warren went off the deep end a long time ago. I'd say she's committing political suicide, but... Democrat in Massachusetts...

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  29. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 3:00pm

    Re:

    If you want to stick it to 'megacorporations' repealing a law that protects their competitors far more than it does them(and in both cases all it does it protect their first amendment rights) is a pretty stupid way to do it.

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    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 3:05pm

    Time to run away again coward

    and believe that a repeal will end the ability of social media to moderate based upon on political beliefs.

    Which 'political beliefs' are suffering unfair moderation Koby, and as always be specific.

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  31. icon
    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 3:14pm

    'Destroy your reputation with this one simple trick!'

    Teaming up with insurrectionist supporter Hawley, Lindsey Graham, and Marsha Blackburn to try to kill a law that protects the first amendment over spite and/or to play to the gullible... well that's certainly one way to utterly destroy any positive legacy you might have had, gut your reputation and demonstrate that you need to be replaced come the next election in one move.

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  32. icon
    Mike Masnick (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 3:19pm

    Update

    Adding an update here in the comments as well: I'm told that Elizabeth Warren is NOT supporting this bill, and there was some sort of clerical error that had her listed as a co-sponsor. It should be removed soon...

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    sumgai (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 3:41pm

    Re: 'Destroy your reputation with this one simple trick!'

    TOG, I'm surprised at you:

    try to kill a law that protects the first amendment

    At least I certainly wasn't aware that the Constitution, w/amendments, needed any protection at all, let alone that such be somehow provided by a law.... Especially knowing that all laws passed by any legislative body, or ordained by the courts, must conform to that very same Constitution.

    Having a rough day, or did your fingers simply go spastic on you for a moment? Don't worry, we all get to that point as we get older (and presumably, a bit wiser). I know I'm in deep shit, finger-wise. Sometimes I just wanna quit posting here, 'cause my errors are so embarrassingly obvious.... Makes me lokk like I ca'nt psell four hsit, ya know.

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  34. identicon
    Rocky, 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:05pm

    Re: Update

    Oh, what I wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall in Elizabet Warren's office when she found out she was co-sponsoring a bill with Josh Hawley...

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    TFG, 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:06pm

    Re: Update

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    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:10pm

    Re: Re: 'Destroy your reputation with this one simple trick!'

    As I've noted in the past a right that you can't afford to exercise is one that effectively doesn't exist, and with the primary point of 230 being to allow platforms to make use of their first amendment rights without being sued into oblivion by shutting down first amendment based lawsuit before they get really expensive for the defendants I'd argue that when you scrape away the surface coating protecting first amendment rights is the core purpose of the law.

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    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:14pm

    Re: 'Destroy your reputation with this one simple trick!'

    Regarding the update, oof, talk about one hell of a 'typo'...

    Well, if her 'support' was in fact just a mistype/glitch looks like I'll need to walk back my comment about her joining the dark side and leave all the blame for those that actually are supporting such a horrible bill.

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    generateusername (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:24pm

    Re:

    Social media companies currently moderate based on a form of community standards⁠—i.e., standards they believe will net them the largest possible community.

    You would think that's the case, but without more transparency into the decision making process of the companies we don't really know for sure (of course legally mandated transparency is probably a bad idea but I'm not calling for that). One of my issues with social media platforms is that oftentimes their policies and actions don't seem to align with user preferences at all. Other times they do, but only by coincidence. After all, we keep saying "Platforms have the right to moderate however they want", but few stop to think about what users want.

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    Blake C. Stacey (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:29pm

    Re: Re: Update

    The "thought Y was short for yikes" explanation wouldn't be far from the mark.

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    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 4:33pm

    Re: Re: Update

    "I'm doing what?!"

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 7:30pm

    Re: Aligned Interests

    You keep getting surprised by the low opinion that the general public has developed of Section 230

    Your private WhatsApp daisy chain Trump masturbation group is not the general public, Koby.

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    Anonymous Coward, 14 Jan 2022 @ 7:45pm

    Re: Update

    PHEW

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    Toom1275 (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 8:12pm

    Notice how Techdirt is quick to post a visible correction on the rare occasion that new facts come to light that invalidate its reporting.

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    That One Guy (profile), 14 Jan 2022 @ 9:51pm

    Re: Re: Aligned Interests

    Even to the extent that the public might be against 230 that doesn't do Koby much good as I've little doubt that the overwhelming majority of those that fall into that category do so because certain individuals and groups keep lying about 230, both what it says and what it does, as evidenced by the fact that I've yet to see an honest argument against the law.

    If the primary reason people are against something is that it's constantly being lied about the only thing that low opinion serves as is an indicator of people being fooled and the presence of the liars that fooled them.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 1:20am

    Re:

    Yes it's worth noting. I've never seen it happen before. Usually when targets of Techdirt articles point out factual errors in Techdirt articles, they are met either with crickets or a gang of globalist corporatist idiots chanting "free is good" and "trolls are bad".

    Worth noting, indeed. First time for everything, it appears.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 3:24am

    I've never seen it happen before.

    You must have started reading Techdirt within the past week, then. I’ve seen it happen multiple times over the years.

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    Stephen T. Stone (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 3:27am

    we keep saying "Platforms have the right to moderate however they want", but few stop to think about what users want

    I would wager that the vast majority of social media users want a platform that lets them speak their mind without having to face shitloads of harassment and hatred for either their speech or specific facets of their identity (e.g., their sexual orientation). The details of how that happens don’t matter as much as the broad-strokes desire to have a platform that hasn’t given in to the “Worst People” Problem.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 3:40am

    Re: Re:

    [Hallucinates facts not in evidence]

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    That One Guy (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 4:34am

    Re: Re:

    Usually when targets of Techdirt articles point out factual errors in Techdirt articles

    [Citation Needed] as the saying goes.

    of globalist corporatist

    Dangit, the neighbors' dogs just started barking like mad, what could possibly have gotten into them...

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 4:45am

    Re:

    Well, if you need one obvious example among hundreds and hundreds, take a look at the old Techdirt article about "StreamScale". There are so many factual errors that there is room for little else.

    To begin with, StreamScale never had a "trolling operation", that's just a lie. StreamScale had products and patents. It still develops technology and patents and leads in the industry in high performance error control systems.

    Then, the statement that the StreamScale patent "almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea" is another lie, this has already been reviewed by the USPTO. Completely wrong, yet still published as if it's a fact.

    The article also says "no lawsuit was filed" when in fact arbitration was filed and took place in Los Angeles, CA. No one was ever "threatened", and nothing was done to "avoid" a lawsuit. These are all fabrications and outright lies.

    So, let's see you publicly withdraw your factual errors. I would appreciate that, maybe your other readers would appreciate it, too.

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    Rocky, 15 Jan 2022 @ 7:06am

    Re: Re:

    Well, if you need one obvious example among hundreds and hundreds, take a look at the old Techdirt article about "StreamScale". There are so many factual errors that there is room for little else.

    Oh, it's you. Seems you are still befuddled, but your "anecdote" isn't the example you think it is.

    To begin with, StreamScale never had a "trolling operation", that's just a lie.

    Seems there are several organizations calling StreamScale a patent trolling operation, and considering StreamScale's behavior it's a fitting opinion and description.

    Then, the statement that the StreamScale patent "almost certainly ineligible for patent protection as an abstract idea" is another lie, this has already been reviewed by the USPTO. Completely wrong, yet still published as if it's a fact.

    Seems you can't distinguish between an opinion and a fact. And the USPTO has proven themselves to be quite inadequate at their assigned task. That several others have also mentioned that the "Erasure-patent" should never have been allowed due to it's nature and the prior art only strengthens that image.

    The article also says "no lawsuit was filed" when in fact arbitration was filed and took place in Los Angeles, CA. No one was ever "threatened", and nothing was done to "avoid" a lawsuit. These are all fabrications and outright lies.

    You do appear to be a tad stupid, an arbitration isn't a lawsuit. James Plank was bullied into to arbitration because the alternative was an expensive lawsuit that StreamScale was threatening him with. So, since there was an arbitration, "no lawsuit was filed" - the alternative would have been: "a lawsuit was filed", there was no arbitration. See how that works?

    So, let's see you publicly withdraw your factual errors. I would appreciate that, maybe your other readers would appreciate it, too.

    It's only factual errors if you conflate opinion with fact while trying to rewrite history. Seems you have severe problems learning that, but I guess that's because you probably have a vested interest in StreamScale.

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    Rocky, 15 Jan 2022 @ 7:07am

    Re: Re: Re:

    They got a whiff of stupid...

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    Rocky, 15 Jan 2022 @ 7:16am

    Re: Re:

    Yes it's worth noting. I've never seen it happen before.

    If you argument hinges on you being uninformed of factual reality, that only means you are more than happy to make shit it up to fit your myopic view of the world. But do keep reveling in your ignorance - it makes you stick out, and not in a good way.

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  54. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 10:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    But it's the whistle that usually sets them off like that.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 11:44am

    Re: Re:

    So, as expected, you're just lying.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 15 Jan 2022 @ 11:57am

    Re: Re: Re:

    It'a lile that moron claiming the Washington Post is unreliable because the Reich wing media makes baseless false accusations against it like "Russiagate was a hoax."

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 2:58pm

    Re: Not quite groundhog day

    Oh look you're still here and saying something stupid.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 2:59pm

    Re: Re:

    How much stock did you have in Streamscale bro?

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 6:01pm

    The point is section 230 protects startups and any website that had user content forums eg it's the shield for free speech there's no read on to get rid of it no more than we don't ban cars or trucks even though they are used by terrorists , yes people will the Web for fake news disinformation and weird conspiracy theory's but that's not a logical reason to erase section 230 which allows many new websites to grow and serve minority groups ordinary local users lbgt forums Blm forums etc
    The Web constantly evokes , in a few years tik Tok grew but by bit to rival YouTube in viewing time by users
    Who knows what new app will come allow in the future
    A rival to twitter or reddit that needs section 230 to survive

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 6:06pm

    This is also good argument against ending fillbusters and procedural hold.

    Otherwise, SOPA would have become law 10 years ago

    Someone like, say, Wyden could put a procedural hold, and they would likely not have to 60 votes to break it, right now.

    That is why Sinema and Manchin are to be commended to resisting attempts to end the fillibuster

    Ending the fillibuster could be disastrus for the Internet.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 8:45pm

    Re: Re:

    This could simply result in CalExit happening, and California becoming three countries, California, Jefferson, and the Silicon Republic

    I what would be what would be the Silicon Republic, US laws would not apply.

    Facebook and YouTube, for sure, would be in the Silicon Republic, and would not be subject to any laws in the remaining United States.

    American laws would not apply in either an independent California, or in the Silicon Republic.

    Silicon Valley companies would only have to obey Siliconian laws, if the Silicon Republic were to ever come into being.

    Say what you like, but American laws would not apply in the Silicon Republic, if it existed now.

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    Anonymous Coward, 15 Jan 2022 @ 9:05pm

    I am thinking that a repeal of 230 could affect "pirate" streaming site, that carries to of Cuba's networks.

    Cuban TV is not supposed to be watchable in the United States, and I have heard of the USA jamming Cuban TV and radio signals in a way that does not affect American signals.

    Then, again, this site that carries two Cuban networks is in Shanghai, China.

    A web site in Shanghai is not subject to USA laws in any way, which is why the copyright people find it almost impossible to shut it down right now.

    American laws do not apply in China. So even though they may be violating the Communist Control Act, by allowing people to watch some Cuban TV networks, they are out of reach of American laws, in Shanghai.

    There are a couple of pirate streaming sites in China that have many US, Canadian, and British channels the copyright cartel cannot do anything about right now, becuase they are in China.

    There is one site, operationg out of Shenzen, that streams a lot of American, British, and Canadian networks that are beyond the reach of the law in those countries.

    As long as China allows them to operate, that is all that matters. Those sites only have to obey Chinese laws. American, Canadian, and British laws do not apply and and not enforcebale in China.

    So, if someone, in Britain, uses that site to watch British TV without a TV licence, the British authorties cannot force them to hand over any user information becauase British law does not apply in China and cannot be enforced there.

    For 10 USD (5 more for each device if you want to have more than one device using the service at the same time), that would be way cheaper than a TV Licence, so I would not be surprised if a lot of British sign up. 180 USD a year, compared to 217 USD (at current exchange rates), for a TV licence, would make a bargain for watching TV. And 120 a year, if only using connection at a time, would really be a bargain. When British find out they can use this service, for a lot less than a TV licence, they will get a lot more customers in Britain, compared to 217 USD a year for a TV licence.

    All someone in Britain would have to do is use an offshore VPN to hide the fact they are using this service and they would never be caught

    I

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    Toom1275 (profile), 16 Jan 2022 @ 4:19am

    Re:

    Section 230 has absolutely nothing to do with copyright in any way, so no.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2022 @ 6:54am

    Re:

    Maybe, unless people take to messaging services to avoid the obnoxious trolls, and Facebook and Twitter lose their user base. If moderation power is removed from the social media sites, messaging services where people have better control of who they talk to becomes much more attractive.

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    PaulT (profile), 16 Jan 2022 @ 9:57am

    Re:

    "I am thinking that a repeal of 230 could affect "pirate" streaming site, that carries to of Cuba's networks."

    I am thinking that not only do you need to read section 230, but you really need to update your talking points.

    "American laws do not apply in China"

    They don't apply in most places outside of America.

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    Jojo (profile), 16 Jan 2022 @ 2:59pm

    Re: 🤦‍♂️ Where to start?

    This is also good argument against ending fillbusters and procedural hold.

    How? What does this have to do with this article about Section 230? Plus this argument is rendered redundant due to the article’s changed context. But even then, your argument would still be shallow under the original article.

    • Otherwise, SOPA would have become law 10 years ago*

    Except the fillibuster didn’t kill SOPA, hell it didn’t even reach either floor. SOPA died in the House Judiciary the moment the Great Blackout sapped all momentum in the bill’s passage. The filibuster had nothing to do with SOPA’s downfall and is just there to enable minority rule and make it impossible for necessary and helpful legislation to occur. Also Section 230 wouldn’t be affected under SOPA, it’s the DMCA that would.

    That is why Sinema and Manchin are to be commended to resisting attempts to end the fillibuster

    Ah yes, commend them for exing the desperately needed Voting rights and a mega-bill designed to improve welfare and childhood poverty. Those two greedbags shouldn’t be commended for anything.

    • Ending the fillibuster could be disastrus for the Internet*

    Killing the filibuster might make passage of SOPA-esque bills easier, but it also for bills that help people. It’s a double-edged sword situation. Lastly, don’t mean to be petty, it’s “disastrous;” Not “ disastrus.”

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2022 @ 5:18pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, this is more familiar. Techdirt posers trying their (pitiful) best to define words in a new way so as to twist obvious fabrications in published articles with arguments like "well other people said it too" and "that word doesn't mean what you think it means".

    Congratulations. The old Techdirt reappears.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2022 @ 6:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Shiva Ayyadurai still didn't invent email, Hamilton.

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2022 @ 6:22pm

    Re: Re:

    It genuinely doesn't.

    What copyright fans want is for Section 230 to be weakened so enforcement becomes easier, and challenging it becomes harder. Because there is nothing they won't fuck up just so Malibu Media gets another settlement.

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    Toom1275 (profile), 16 Jan 2022 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    [Hallucinates facts not in evidence]

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    Anonymous Coward, 16 Jan 2022 @ 9:36pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Techdirt posers trying their (pitiful) best..."

    Don't beat yourself up, that's our job bro.

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    Scary Devil Monastery (profile), 17 Jan 2022 @ 1:26am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "Yes, this is more familiar. "

    You making an obviously false claim and people flocking to correct your broken logic? Yeah, I guess that must feel pretty familiar by now.

    "Techdirt posers trying their (pitiful) best to define words in a new way..."

    As in "Sane people refusing to let you redefine old words in new ways that fit your narrative" you mean?

    "...with arguments like "well other people said it too" and "that word doesn't mean what you think it means"."

    Because an outfit acting like the dictionary-definition of a patent troll and the dictionary itself must be cast into doubt at your sole assertion. I think we'll want a bit more context and logic around why you think observable evidence and the dictionary are incorrect before taking your word for it, Baghdad Bob.

    "Congratulations. The old Techdirt reappears."

    The one where gormless fuckwits like you don't get a single chance to assert blithering nonsense without someone calling that bullshit? Yeah, it never went away.

    But thanks for playing.

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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Jan 2022 @ 4:16am

    Re: Re: Re:

    I actually had to look up StreamScale to see wtf Hamilton was talking about, and was pretty disappointed that Techdirt only ran ONE article. Like... he couldn't even find something with multiple articles to rant about. At least John Smith knew to fall back on Malibu Media, Prenda Law and Strike 3 even though he was utterly, completely wrong and angry about the judge's decisions there. Like... this makes Hamilton's attempts to claim that Techdirt ruined Janice Duffy look like a proper legal argument.

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    PaulT (profile), 18 Jan 2022 @ 12:59pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    More to the point, is there anyone who really considers the Washington Post a reliable resource since Bezos bought it? It strikes me as something along the lines of the Wall Street Journal - once great but after Murdoch got his fingers in it, well.. In both cases there seems to still be some value in their general reporting, but they seem to need a generous pinch of salt and their opinion pages can be safely ignored, and that colours the credibility of the rest of their content.

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