Monday, December 26, 2011

Could Facebook "whitelist" philosophy have affected COPA?

I’ve wondered if, in theory, the possibility of limiting the audience of a posting – usually on social networking sites like Facebook (and Google+) but possible in blogs – could have any effect on the logic used to strike down COPA.  If a Facebook user can whitelist a posting to a known list of visitors (and has a reasonable basis for estimating age as >18), could this possibility be used to say that posters could try to screen visitors, since the social networking environment now places so much emphasis on the idea of separate “lists” of people. Really, the same questions could have been asked about listservers in the past.

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