Why We Can’t Let Google and Facebook Quash Free Speech

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Well, I did the Newswithviews column, and I’m tired–but first, here’s a little something you should read, if you’re concerned about social media giants stifling conservatives.

In a piece written for Front Page Magazine, Daniel Greenfield offers a counter to the “But it’s a private company” argument that would let Google and Facebook continue to censor conservative opinion off the political landscape (https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/273740/why-freedom-speech-should-apply-google-facebook-daniel-greenfield). But first a quote from his conclusion:

“A country in which freedom of speech effectively did not exist, even though it remained a technical right, would not be America. A government that allowed such a thing would have no right to exist.”

Sooner or later someone is going to remember that the Internet itself, and the social media, too, would not have come into existence without major developmental efforts funded by the American taxpayer–by you and me. Google and Facebook have taken their share of public money while claiming all the rights and privileges of private ownership. But in fact they are already, and have been all along, quasi-public agencies: and, as such, obligated to respect the First Amendment.

They mustn’t be allowed to restrict speech only to liberals, Democrats, and Far Left Crazy (you will overlook the tautology).

What the Left wants has no place in America.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

2 responses to “Why We Can’t Let Google and Facebook Quash Free Speech

  • unknowable2

    What a quagmire! The Internet itself developed from DARPA, and rightly belongs to the taxpayers that funded it. Many people have no notion that the roots of the Internet are 50 years old and are rooted in the DoD. It’s done a lot of good for a lot of people, but it’s ripe for abuse, as well.

    As far as the question of regulation, I’m not able to offer much in the way of suggestions. The answer is righteousness and an end to corruption. That has to be taken up well above my pay grade.

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