‘A media company is about the stories that it tells,’ Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, wrote in 2016.12 ‘A technology company is about the tools that it builds.’ They don’t create the stories, they don’t write them, they don’t investigate them – they simply link you to them. They don’t, in short, publish them. And whether there’s a problem with defamation or a copyright infringement, they also don’t take legal responsibility for what appears in the stories they serve up. If they were legally seen as publishers, even these enormous companies would quickly get sued into the ground.
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