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OPLIN 4Cast #604: Holding ‘social’ media to media company standards

Posted in 4cast, and Facebook

Yes, I know I wrote about “fake news” just two weeks ago. But there have been some interesting developments to watch. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declared in an interview that, despite how offensive he personally finds Holocaust denialism, he doesn’t think Facebook should censor it. Reaction was swift, and personally, I love a good free speech/responsible information dissemination debate.

The blow-up has given fuel to a growing chorus of voices saying that Facebook needs to stop pretending it’s a platform for people to share and connect, and recognize that it’s a media company, with all the attendant responsibilities. And this week, some national governments have taken steps to enshrine this idea into law.

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