Banned

“Facebook Bans Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and Others as ‘Dangerous’,” The Wall Street Journal, May 3, 2019.  Facebook bans selected individuals from the platform.

If a government did this, there would be problems.  But is it okay for a private party with nearly monopoly power in a bit of social mediaverse?  How will these people be able to communicate to their audiences?

Those who are big fans of Freedom of Speech might reconcile themselves to the fact that writing something down isn’t speech.  And those who are fans of Freedom of the Press may feel this isn’t “the Press.”  Others may think it’s time to amend our Founding Documents to reflect some of the new technologies.  And the private/public distinction.

Should we allow a private party to make these calls?  Is the alternative chaos?

Governance (Facebook decides what it will and won’t allow). Information.

Leave a comment

Filed under Theme One: Information, Theme Two: Governance

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s