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David Kaye @davidakaye
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lots of sharp observations/reporting in this @karaswisher piece, but i have a few quick reactions —> Rules Won’t Save Twitter. Values Will. nyti.ms/2OSnmpT?smid=n…
twitter isn’t the govt, she says, just a private company that can apply whatever rules it wants. it should just apply some values to clean it up.
where do those values come from? how does it build up “a code that requires making hard choices”? whose values shd be reflected? she doesn’t say.
this is where the ‘not the government’ point seems, imho, irrelevant at best. the big platforms have enormous impact on public discourse and access to information. they have responsibilities whether we call them public or private entities.
my plea: let’s stop with the not-the-govt stuff and say instead—> they have responsibilities to protect the rights of all their users. and rather than make it all up, as global companies they should root their “values” (rules, stds, etc) in human rights law.
that means acknowledging everyone’s right to seek, receive and impart info/ideas of all kinds. but also acknowledging platforms can/shd protect other rights (to life, privacy, freedom from physical harm) and social goods (public order, incitement to hatred/violence).
nb: that’s from articles 19 and 20 of the international covenant on civil and political rights.
a search for values suggests we need to start from scratch. that’s just counterproductive. human rights law already provides the common global std valuing freedom of expression & constraining (while acknowledging) the possibility of narrow restrictions.
sure, those stds explicitly apply to governments. but just as most ppl acknowledge that human rights shd be protected by, let’s say, the extractive industry (think conflict minerals), so too shd rights be protected by those making money as our contemporary public square.
adopt human rights standards, be much more transparent about how you enforce those standards, & allow third- or multi-party oversight of that process. that shd be the agenda for all social media & search.
I’m not alone in making these args. See my report & suggestions from many others along these lines here: freedex.org/a-human-rights…. /end.
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