Watzman: Voluntary, piecemeal actions by online companies to cut down on misinformation are not enough

The Colorado Sun: Ever since the attack on the U.S. Capitol by right-wing extremists on Jan. 6, social media and online platforms have been scrambling to take action. 

Twitter permanently suspended and Facebook blocked President Donald Trump’s accounts, while Amazon removed Parler from its cloud hosting service. Stripe, Apple, Venmo, Paypal, YouTube, Telegram, and more deleted and suspended and delisted and closed and took down accounts, apps, and content, as compiled by First Draft.

While these actions make some wary – why are Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Jack Dorsey (Twitter) deciding the fate of world leaders’ ability to communicate? – what’s enormously significant is that platforms are beginning to acknowledge they bear responsibility for information that flows on their platforms.

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