Yes, yesterday's post about how Senator Lieberman was introducing a bill to undermine Section 230 was an April Fool's joke cunningly crafted by Eric Turkewitz. It was the third Turkewitz jape in which we have participated.
For the record, though I was supposed to be poised to delete "hey this is a joke" comments until midnight on the 1st, I was feeling too lousy to pay attention and Nyquilled myself into oblivion; yet only one person called "prank." Maybe the rest of you were playing along. A rough review of comments at the various places where this popped up led to similar results. This might be about how credible the prank was, how skillfully Turkewitz planned it (the sleeper blog was genius), or about how we think now.
As usual, though the surface message was part of the joke — Senator Lieberman really is a scary cheerleader for government censorship — there's also the meta-joke, which is about how we receive and evaluate and trust information in the modern age, and about how news propagates. Conduct yourselves accordingly, as they say.
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