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posted on Oct, 18 2018 @ 10:15 AM
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a reply to: AugustusMasonicus

Yeah, I initially looked at it and saw it wasn't web. But I did respond to someone pushing the social media narrative of change. Whining and politics may well bring it to the web, down the road. I hope the country doesn't allow it but the people don't get to decide.




posted on Oct, 18 2018 @ 10:47 AM
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originally posted by: havok
You don't have free speech on social media if they can censor your speech on their own whim.

The power these companies hold (tech companies being far left) and harbor is far too consolidated in the hands of few. They can edit messages (see the reddit scam of 2017) and censor or ban any topic they deem offensive or wrong. In some cases, ruining careers or livelyhoods along the way.

It's not free speech if these social media companies can silence your dissidence.





I think there's some confusion about "freedom of speech."

"Freedom of speech" means the government can't limit a topic of discussion. But on private forums and webistes open to the public, you certainly can set rules about what's allowed and what isn't (no matter how arbitrary) and you can enforce these rules and even ban people from using your service.

So, yes, social media companies are within their rights. You can go to another social media platform and talk about things that Twitter (etc) ban there. Nobody's stopping you from creating a media company focused on these very topics. You can even use services and platforms in a different country for these activities.

That's freedom of speech.

Now, if you are in China, the government DOES regulate internet traffic and topics and you are blocked by the government from reaching certain sites and certain platforms, no matter how innocent your intentions are. THAT is a case where there is not freedom of speech.



posted on Oct, 18 2018 @ 01:58 PM
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And then there is this wee fed law...

18 U.S. Code ยง 242 - Deprivation of rights under color of law

Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or to different punishments, pains, or penalties, on account of such person being an alien, or by reason of his color, or race, than are prescribed for the punishment of citizens, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
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