It seems to me that a better solution would be a two-fold approach: First, every person or group posting comments or photos of any kind be clearly identified. This would be that all subscribers/contributors have some unique identity that ties the content directly to them. Even if it is a group response, one or more specific individuals must be identified. The consequences would be that the person submitting the information would be personally liable just like they are now if they write in a book or say something on radio or TV which causes grave harm to someone else. In other words, this would be a distinct form of accountability for everything on the internet without imposing liability on the site itself. In conjunction with this would be some form of civil fine (via arbitration) in which repeated offenses by a contributor could be taken to court of some kind. Anything that could make those who post pornography or outlandish statements would be held accountable and fined if they can't defend accuracy and truth of what they said.
The second step would require the platforms to allow all material except for very specific descriptions of offensive material that is clearly offensive to a reasonable person. This would reduce the nit-picky and biased selections they now make in blocking content because one small group of people don't like what is being said.
The key is accountability for both what content is included by contributors and also what content is eliminated by the platform organization.
The second step
This was a well reasoned article that looked at both sides. One aspect of social media that wasn't addressed is the control the platforms exert on what information gets shared and what gets suppressed.
The last election was a great example of this. The social media companies, two in particular, were clearly hostile to the conservative portion of their customers and exercised blatant censorship.
Much has been written, by academics who have studied it and insiders who help reate it, about the power that social media exerts on attitudes and even behavior.
This was most informative! I have read news articles about this, but wondered about all the implications. Thank you for this!
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