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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The 24 People Who Decide Acceptable Speech On The Internet

Free speech on the internet decided by 24 key people:"Google, Twitter, Facebook and the new global battle over the future of free speech".

From the article: 
The deciders, of course, have blind spots of their own. Their hate-speech policies tend to reflect a bias toward the civility norms of U.S. workplaces; they identify speech that might get you fired if you said them at your job, but which would be legal if shouted at a rally, and try to banish that expression from the entire Internet.

But given their tremendous size and importance as platforms for free speech, companies like Facebook, Google, Yahoo, and Twitter shouldn’t try to be guardians of what Waldron calls a “well-orderedsociety”; instead, they should consider themselves the modern version of Oliver Wendell Holmes’s fractious marketplace of ideas—democratic spaces where all values, including civility norms, are always open for debate.
via GeekPress.

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