Twitter rejected four tweets from a Washington-based immigration research center’s advertising campaign as “hate speech” Tuesday because they used the legal terms “illegal alien” and “criminal alien.”
Sheryl Sandberg told senators that her company is working to eradicate fake news from Facebook. Jack Dorsey told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that Twitter is working to correct what led to the alleged shadow banning of some prominent conservatives on Twitter.
The “freedom of the press” referred to in the Bill of Rights is a concept, not a class of people (i.e., journalists). It is a fundamental right that applies equally to all citizens.
More than one hundred conservative Facebook employees have joined an internal employee message board to protest what they call the company’s “intolerant” liberal culture.
Nearly two-thirds of self-described conservatives believe social media companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are censoring conservative voices, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The question to be answered is this: Is a free press in any danger from this president? I don’t think so, at least not from the president sounding off in response to what he perceives as negative or fake news about him or his administration.
Facebook is rating its users on a scale between zero and one to predict if they’re “trustworthy” — a system similar to one China is using on its citizens.
Trump’s words can be divisive. Some people find them corrosive. But they are, after all, just words — and thanks to the same Constitution that protects the freedom of the press, he is free to speak them.
Given the vague and increasingly expanding use of the term “hate speech,” it’s not unreasonable to think that purging Infowars is the tip of the iceberg.
This tendency toward viewpoint discrimination in schools is actually one of the best arguments for school choice. School choice would allow parents and communities to reclaim control over content in their schools. It might also allow schools to refocus on the more politically neutral areas of core knowledge.
Criticizing the media is not a violation of their free press rights. It is an exercise of free press rights. But, banning someone from posting an opinion or an idea is a violation of free press rights.