Linked: The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online
I wrote about Section 230 last week. This comes from David French at Time.
“It’s difficult to overstate how important this law is for the free speech of ordinary Americans. For 24 years we’ve taken for granted our ability to post our thoughts and arguments about movies, music, restaurants, religions, and politicians. While different sites have different rules and boundaries, the overall breadth of free speech has been extraordinary.”
As he also points out, getting rid of it and making online companies responsible for the content posted on their sites won’t hurt politicians and celebrities at all. It will hurt you and me. Everything we try to post anywhere, will have to be approved by the censors, and the censors will be the rich and powerful, not us. It’s going to look a whole lot different online than it does now, and it won’t be an improvement.
The rich and powerful will still have their voices and their platforms. The rest of us? Not so much.
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