Holding Social Media Accountable

As many are aware, there has recently been a tragedy in New Zealand. The footage of this tragedy was captured and streamed live through Facebook Live. While Facebook was quick to remove the footage, there were already many views and by that time it was too late. Before being removed, the video had around 4,000 views and was quickly spreading throughout other areas of the internet. This brings up the questions of whether social media platforms are doing enough to combat violent and crime inciting videos being posted on their cites and whether the platforms should be held responsible. The problem with these types of videos is not only the violent content but it can inspire others to act in similar ways. Some are calling for revisions to Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act which has given social platforms immunity from liability for posts by their users. Should media platforms be held accountable? Are they currently doing enough to combat this type of content? Would holding them responsible for the content result in the downfall of these social media platforms? https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-internet-and-evil-11553122899

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