Techdirt Podcast Episode 287: Regulating Amplification Is A Lot Harder Than You Think

from the signal-boost dept

Even among people who recognize the problems with holding platforms liable for user speech, there's an understandable temptation to treat the act of content amplification and recommendation differently, since that's something the platforms do themselves. While you can see the logic to this idea, the fact is it's just as difficult and fraught with problems as other intermediary liability proposals. This week, we're joined by frequent guest Daphne Keller, Director of the Program on Platform Regulation at Stanford's Cyber Policy Center, to discuss her recent paper on the subject and why regulating amplification isn't the simple solution it might sound like.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2021 @ 1:39pm

    Distributor liability for defamation (amplification) is a well-established legal principle.

    Of course, someone who defames a person has just created a hostile working enivronment against the target, who can sue the employer and "cancel" the bully that way.

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    Anonymous Coward, 23 Jun 2021 @ 2:46pm

    Just a note... in the RSS feed, the enclosure tag uses http URLs instead of https URLs.

    Is there a special reason for not going to HTTPS?

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    Anonymous Coward, 24 Jun 2021 @ 7:04am

    Bullshit distinction

    Seriously "amplification" is just bullshit of the blatantly engineered "techlash" to imply that it is the new and scary tech that is hand tailored towards controlling our minds. Just stick with Wholesome Old Media(TM) who wouldn't lie to you*! Recommendation is what is it in reality.

    • Legalise to define lying to you in bullshit terms that are impossible to fulfill by design.

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    fairuse (profile), 18 Jul 2021 @ 10:36am

    What about podcasting with pumped up RSS

    Somehow all the social media bar fighting is allowing the podcast indexer like iTunes and the rest to quietly burn content at will. Change rules, kick out creators and claim "webcast" is their domain.

    No big deal. RSS is podcasting, itunes is webcasting. Only one serves the content creator, podcasting.

    Enter Adam Curry - index for free speech as in your 'cast is your business and I am here to help you make it work and money is the creators not the tool helping your "show" get heard.

    I am not good at all the platforms vs protocol thing but I think this is an example.

    https://schoolofpodcasting.com/preserving-podcasting-as-a-platform-for-free-speech-adam-cur ry-and-podcasting-2-0/

    The father of podcasting may be right for this time in history.

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