CHINA TIANANMEN SQUARE MASSACRE
25 yrs after June 4, 1989, even China’s educated youth have only foggy knowledge of Tiananmen massacre. Textbooks don’t mention violence that left hundreds, or thousands, dead in Beijing. The Chinese Internet has been scrubbed of all but official accounts.
COMMUNICATIONS DECENCY ACT 1996
The Communications Decency Act of 1996 (CDA) added Section 230 to the Communications Act of 1934, generally protecting online service providers from legal liability stemming from content created by the users of their services, with some exceptions.
Communications Act of 1934
“The CDA was passed to enhance service providers’ ability to delete or otherwise monitor content without them becoming publishers. In Zeran v. America Online, Inc., the 4th Circuit held that it was Congress intention in enacting § 230’s broad immunity to internet providers because when faced with potential liability for each message republished by their services, interactive computer service providers might choose to severely restrict the number and type of messages posted. The court held that Congress considered the weight of the speech interests implicated and chose to immunize service providers to avoid any such restrictive effect.”
47 U.S. Code § 230. Protection for private blocking and screening of offensive material
The Congress finds the following:
(3) The Internet and other interactive computer services offer a forum for a true diversity of political discourse, unique opportunities for cultural development, and myriad avenues for intellectual activity.
It is the policy of the United States—
(1) to promote the continued development of the Internet and other interactive computer servicesand other interactive media;
(2) to preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet and other interactive computer services, unfettered by Federal or State regulation;
“The legal protections provided by CDA 230 are unique to U.S. law; European nations, Canada, Japan, and the vast majority of other countries do not have similar statutes on the books. While these countries have high levels of Internet access, most prominent online services are based in the United States. This is in part because CDA 230 makes the U.S. a safe haven for websites that want to provide a platform for controversial or political speech and a legal environment favorable to free expression. “
Paul Erlich, Berkeley Technology Law Journal
SOCIAL MEDIA MONOPOLIES – REGULATION
“Common Carriers” are PRIVATE COMPANIES, yet they are REGULATED and NOT ALLOWED to discriminate.
Regulation must be extended to #SocialMediaMonopolies AS WELL
47 U.S. Code § 202 – Discriminations and preferences
(a)Charges, services, etc.
It shall be unlawful for any common carrier to make any unjust or unreasonable discrimination in charges, practices, classifications, regulations, facilities, or services for or in connection with like communication service, directly or indirectly, by any means or device, or to make or give any undue or unreasonable preference or advantage to any particular person, class of persons, or locality, or to subject any particular person, class of persons, or locality to any undue or unreasonable prejudice or disadvantage.
(a) It shall be the duty of every common carrier engaged in interstate or foreign communication by wire or radio to furnish such communication service upon reasonable request therefor; and, in accordance with the orders of the Commission, in cases where the Commission, after opportunity for hearing, finds such action necessary or desirable in the public interest, to establish physical connections with othercarriers, to establish through routes and charges applicable thereto and the divisions of such charges, and to establish and provide facilities and regulations for operating such through routes.