Are we really okay with letting Facebook and other Silicon Valley giants become the Corporate Thought Police?
Are they really the best entities to decide on what the goal posts are for protected and censored so-called “free speech?”
As Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said, the only real remedy for evil speech is “more speech, not enforced silence.”
Admittedly, in the current political climate companies like Facebook and Twitter are in between a rock and a hard place.
But how can they work to create the goal posts when none of them agree on what that looks like?
There are ZERO unified standards for free speech.
So what does censorship look like now?
“Siloed decision making by secretive ‘boards’ that have limited diversification of background and worldview, all pushing ever-changing directives out to technical teams which must implement these wishes into algorithms for their respective platforms.”
You might compare it to the Wild West.
Silicon Valley is now where “individual firms are their own judges, juries and executioners in how and where free speech policies are concocted and applied.”
And as arbitrary as it is, it’s legal.
But that certainly doesn’t make it fair.
Take a look at some of those “blurred lines.”
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