Profits Without Responsibility

WIRED25 Summit: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tech Icons Of The Past & Future

Susan Wojcicki speaks onstage at WIRED25 Summit: WIRED Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tech Icons Of The Past & Future on October 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED25 )

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) —When I started working in talk radio 40 years ago as a producer, I screened every caller and kept my finger on the edit button in case they went off the rails during the seven-second delay. 

That was a fundamental precaution we took in the business and always had.

When I went to work in print journalism years later, the rules of libel and slander were drilled into me, and if I slipped up and put something in a story that shouldn’t have been there, there was at least one editor and usually more poised to catch it.

The principle was the same – we were a mass medium that people relied on for accuracy and fairness, but was subject to exploitation by assorted creeps. 

It was our legal and moral obligation to do everything we could to prevent that from happening.

But the multi-millionaires who created the big social-media networks never quite got that memo.

We’ve talked often here about the likes of Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, and their grossly irresponsible behavior. But let’s not forget Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, which plays host to a barely-regulated tsunami of postings by some of the world’s most evil predators and trolls.

In a rare interview with the New York Times, Wojcicki admits she “always thought it was important” to have her finger on the button too, but only now – after pocketing hundreds of millions in ad revenue from the sewer pipe she helped build - says she’s buckling down to “[set] a standard of responsibility.”

Thanks for nothing. 

Too bad that somewhere along the line, responsibility and morality took a backseat to flagrant greed.

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