Just a thought folks from someone that is actually in the interactive service providing business but without Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which gives interactive service providers (ISPs) immunity from liability for third party hosted content there is no Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc etc. Places like Slabbed and Jackson Jambalaya may still be around but likely wouldn’t host reader comments, same for the rest of the news media. I know Slabbed wouldn’t and without reader comments we would not be nearly the same website.
With immunity comes some responsibility. I do contact those that leave comments I think would cross certain legal lines if they leave a good contact address to make sure they understand the ramifications of what they wrote. Recently Slabbed received comments about a coast educator that were clearly either: 1. Defamatory or 2. Belonged in the hands of local law enforcement since criminal acts were alleged. The would be commenter leaving a BS email address was all I needed to send them to trash.
Overall I think the big tech companies do a decent job, with Facebook being the worst in terms of consistency in enforcing its terms of service. The solution does not lie in killing off the possibility of protected speech by going after the ISPs. After all if both Trump and Biden both don’t like it Section 230 is probably a good thing.
Several of you have noticed the website crashing periodically and I am aware of the speculation about Slabbed coming under attack from rogue elements in a certain state agency.
Yesterday’s crash came at a bad time, I’m super busy in the day job and am trying to walk a few miles this week to continue the journey to better health. That said a long time friend stepped up to help and the problem has been identified and solved. In the process I became hipper to the kernel and like most things in the computing world I’ll be able to solve this issue again, should it arise.
I now return you to our regular programming.
Social media does make the world much smaller. We were out yesterday morning highlighting some topical news and punditry. By yesterday evening twitter sent the notification. I personally haven’t really chimed in on this particular local news story besides highlighting the news coverage but I’ll admit to a certain amount of reticence as locking up Ministers of the Gospel carries profound constitutional implications, especially when some home cooking is involved. In any event, what I think is Pastor Spell’s Twitter account in his own words:
Good luck, that chicken shit governor of LA isn't going to do anything about me, he is too scared of fictional men in the sky to cross one of that imaginary mans right hand men.
— Tony Spell (@PastorTonySpell) April 28, 2020
That the same guy that has been scapegoating Hispanic ditch diggers and waiters for our Country’s problems for the past three years also advocated injecting Lysol as a cure for Covid-19. Turns out this is the end result of someone that spends too much time in the West Wing watching Fox News and taking medical advice from crackpots. I could be wrong but we are on track for Republican incompetence killing more people than all the abortionists and illegal immigrants combined.