We're one week into the new year. At this time last week, I was procrastinating Tweeting about the @60Minutes piece about Section 230 and figured I'd get to it after my all-staff-beginning-of-year on Tues.
My big takeaways are 1) I'm sad (and not surprised) that Lenny Pozner is so harassed by Sandy Hook conspiracists that he must wear those horrible prosthetics, 2) It's BS that Facebook and Instagram (worth hundreds of billions) rely on
nonprofits like Pozner's HONR to manage violent content.
Many excellent nonprofits in the tech arena (@CCRInitiative , @TheBADASS_army, @TylerClementi ) have sprung out of founders' trauma. It is intoxicating to get invited to participate in innovations on these platforms
because you feel like you're making changes at scale. In my capacity as a former board member at CCRI and as firm owner, I weighed in alongside other advocates on various revenge porn policies at FB, Tw, Google, Microsoft, etc. Ultimately, though, big tech takes advantage.
Moderation of violent content should never be outsources. 3) It's a pity 60 Minutes didn't simplify things by showing cases of online harms that were litigated and resolved by court (versus private settlement) so that viewers could see the trajectory of
a case where a victim is pleading online harms and how the courts throw those cases out and give the offender no recourse. I made this point pretty clear and was interviewed on background for the episode, but not on the air. 4) @jkosseff was good, but i'm suffering from
too much coup-dementia to remember specifics.

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