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More on Facebook suppressing free speech


Irons in the FireThe Facebook CEO was overheard responding that "we need to do some work" on curtailing anti-immigrant posts about the refugee crisis. "Are you working on this?" Merkel asked in English, to which Zuckerberg replied in the affirmative before the transmission was disrupted.

Yet any action from Facebook is likely to stoke concerns about free speech. In the past, the social network has come under suspicion for suppressing or deleting posts and groups that advocate unpopular beliefs.

The internet presented revolutionary free speech technology because anyone could operate a web server or a mailing list from a small computer. It was not necessary to be AT&T, or own a newspaper or TV network to speak to a large audience. Internet protocols were designed to support this, with anyone being able to run servers publishing information or hosting email communication. Sites like google and facebook represent a degree of re-centralization of the internet that marginalizes third-party sites and reduces the amount of freedom, and free speech, on the Internet.

This entry was published Sun Oct 25 09:28:19 CDT 2015 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2015-10-25 09:28:19.0. [Tweet]

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