This is a far cry from the supposedly mighty role the use of social media was meant to have in participatory politics.
Covert policing is the last bastion of pure policing 'and is one of the best methods of getting the highest numbers of convictions.'
Who gave these news-gatherers the special mission of interpreting the facts relating to particular public issues, let alone being self-appointed to represent the public.
This is not to say that Jackson is guiltless; we are simply left to build upon images of degeneracy that, when viewed from a distance, confirm the ledgers of the accuser.
Milo's pitiful comments to Andrew Bolt seem very out of character for the self-described 'fabulous troll' of the Internet.
Is the threat of a ban the right approach? After all, huge numbers of people rely on these platforms, as gateways into news gathering and business opportunities.
Any time the censor steps in as defender of morality and safety citizens should be alarmed. Such attitudes are precisely the sorts of things that empty libraries and lead to the burning of books.
Facebook, the all-gazing, accumulating system of personal profiles and information, poster child, in fact, of surveillance capitalism, is losing users.
The media are a battleground where reformers struggle for attention, but are defeated with great regularity by the wealth and power of the establishment.
It seems to me that the 'fake news' definition from the Collins Dictionary has been played out before my eyes in Australia in 2018.
The European Union has already taken up the matter, fining Google $5 billion for antitrust violations relating to its Android market dominance.
Conservatives need to wake up to the fact that words and phrases have an emotional impact and can foster confusion in voters' decision-making.