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Karen Kornbluh
Director Former U.S. Ambassador Disinformation, Tech, Democracy, Data
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Karen Kornbluh 5m
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The problem with platforms isn't that they censor when they add a fact check. It's that their systems thrive on conspiracy theories &outrage. Better answers: update offline protections like consumer protn, civilrights, privacy. Funding local news... accountability & transparency
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Karen Kornbluh 5m
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The FCC and FTC will undermine their credibility if they pretend not to understand that the First Amendment protects against govt interference in speech and that the law encourages platforms to moderate
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Karen Kornbluh 5m
Nixon threatened networks - esp CBS home of Dan Rather- and WashPost - whose parent co owned stations - and his FCC even found against CBS in a challenge brought by the RNC (later overturned). The legal reasoning was flimsy but the harassment was costly
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Karen Kornbluh 4h
Further further 230 was written in part to keep FCC out of Internet regulation
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Karen Kornbluh 6h
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pretending the platforms are neutral fora and the only interference comes when they enforce the most minimal standards in the most minimal ways.
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Karen Kornbluh 6h
How is this distracting? It enflames the culture wars around media bias. It does so in a way favorable to BOTH platforms and POTUS by...
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Karen Kornbluh 7h
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Not saying this EO can't cause damage (more on this coming) but won't fix the probs.
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Karen Kornbluh 7h
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Many would prefer we focus on what happens after a tweet goes viral and not look under the hood at how that happens
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Karen Kornbluh 7h
Media, don't be distracted by focus on content moderation/230. This will hobble platform reform (as points out) which *should* focus on platform practices that promote conspiracy theories and outrage.
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Karen Kornbluh 7h
US can't compete without a positive agenda and allies. ⁦⁩ of ⁦ on a digital alliance with Europe
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Karen Kornbluh 20h
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In fact, the note at the bottom offering more info on mail-in voting could be construed to endorse skepticism about the ballots
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Karen Kornbluh 20h
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The tweet they did choose to act on could discourage voting and undermine faith in elections. And even there they didnt clearly say on the tweet it was false or place a screen over the tweet
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Karen Kornbluh 20h
No surprise that the conspiracy theorists and culture warriors are upset but note that Twitter’s action is very mild. They didnt take down the Scarborough tweet despite intense criticism including by and the eloquent widower
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Karen Kornbluh 20h
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Which is not to say it would stand up. But the harassment and culture war factors are real
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Karen Kornbluh 20h
True for sure but the harassment factor is real too
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Karen Kornbluh 21h
Remember this?
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Karen Kornbluh 21h
Concerning. Administration has been considering various ideas for carving back platforms’ immunity from liability for others’ activities on their plaforms. Some of these would give DOJ or FCC power to decide if a platform gets this immunity
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Oliver Darcy May 27
A court has rejected a lawsuit filed by Laura Loomer and Freedom Watch against Big Tech companies. "The appeals court judges said ... the companies ... cannot violate the First Amendment because it only regulates governments, not the private sector."
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