“Social media is the publisher, not just the postman.”

Prime Minister Ardern challenges the responsibility social media platforms should have


Wed, Mar 20th, 2019 09:03 by capnasty NEWS

Gizmodo brings to attention the speech by New Zealand's prime minister Jacinda Ardern. In it, Arden notes that albeit social media was not responsbile for the shooting, it played a role for providing the tools of organisation and for allowing the massacre to be seen around the world.

That reference to the ‘publisher versus the postman’ refers to the American view on social media, which is largely shaped by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, originally passed in 1996. Section 230 designates internet forums as carriers like a telephone company or postal worker rather than a publisher and means that companies like Facebook and Twitter aren’t held responsible for the speech that occurs on their platforms. Prime Minister Ardern is now challenging that idea.



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