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Freedom Of Speech

I will no longer be posting or reading posts on Facebook or Twitter. Since our organization is composed of volunteers and not paid staff, a number of our most frequent content contributors have either "Admin" or "Editor" access to our Facebook Pages and may continue to post to Facebook at their discretion.

But personally, as the founder of these web sites, I can no longer participate with these social media platforms whose censorship is contrary to the American values of liberty and freedom of speech.

From The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU):

What's at stake here is the ability of one platform that serves as a forum for the speech of billions of people to use its enormous power to censor speech on the basis of its own determinations of what is true, what is hateful, and what is offensive.

Given Facebook's nearly unparalleled status as a forum for political speech and debate, it should not take down anything but unlawful speech, like incitement to violence. Otherwise, in attempting to apply more amorphous concepts not already defined in law, Facebook will often get it wrong. Given the enormous amount of speech uploaded every day to Facebook's platform, attempting to filter out "bad" speech is a nearly impossible task. The use of algorithms and other artificial intelligence to try to deal with the volume is only likely to exacerbate the problem.

If Facebook gives itself broader censorship powers, it will inevitably take down important speech and silence already marginalized voices.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/internet-speech/facebook-shouldnt-censor-offensive-speech

From The New York Post:

These companies are increasingly dictating what their users should and should not see and believe. They are kicking out good users and taking down countless harmless posts, pages and groups simply for asking questions or presenting opinions that differ with those from the company's executives and authorities. This widespread censorship of ideas would make George Orwell dizzy and runs counter to the whole purpose of social networking.

https://nypost.com/2020/05/22/why-social-media-censorship-is-worse-than-useless/


















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