Justice, they say, is blind. A bankruptcy plan for Perdue Pharma approved this month suggests that with the right lawyers, it can be deaf and dumb as well. The plan gives sweeping immunity to Perdue's owners, the multi-billionaire Sackler family. For decades they sold obscene quantities of Oxycontin, Perdue's block-buster painkiller, misrepresenting its power to addict tens of millions of Americans. That the Sacklers are skating with the vast majority of their wealth intact is egregious. It also raises a question. What's the difference between Perdue Pharma profiting from downplaying the danger of its addictive product and social media raking in revenue by whitewashing algorithms that do the same thing?
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