Good post. Nice use of quotes. Should I hold my breath for Wang to apologize to Andrew Breitbart, George Zimmerman, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney and well, George W. Bush for all of the abuse they have taken on his site. That would be true justice.
I have no doubt in my mind that social media such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are – in fact – publishers. They benefit from the advertising revenues raised on the back of their “reach” and must be responsible – and accountable – for the content they publish.
The abuse of a number of women on Twitter in the UK has now led the head of Twitter UK to personally apologise and for Twitter to now take a number of steps to prevent this kind of abuse. It is a tacit admission of responsibility for their content and completely undermines their previous stand that they are not a publisher. Even though Twitter is “requesting” its users to exercise restraint, their “commitment” makes it clear that Twitter is taking responsibility – even if only implicitly – for ensuring that their users exercise the proper restraint.
A well deserved pat on…
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