Who’s in charge?

“Pinterest Bars Vaccination Searches,” The Wall Street Journal, February 21, 2019 A1.  If you search for “vaccination” on Pinterest, you won’t get any results.  The company wants to prevent the spread of false information.

I’m not in favor of false information.  But who decides what’s false and what isn’t?  Does there come a time when a platform has so much power that it can no longer censor the information on it, or must assume liability for everything else on its site?

The Government couldn’t restrict this speech, but a private party can.  For now, without restriction.  You may agree with this restriction, but may not like the next one as much.  Is this Freedom of Speech or Freedom of Press?

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