Social Media Giants Shouldn’t Be Arbiters Of Appropriate Speech


People struggle—or, more likely, pretend to struggle—to make a distinction between defending the value of free expression and defending those who use it.

Arguing that it’s preferable to err on the side of more speech on a giant user-generated website doesn’t make you an ally of Jones any more than defending the right of The New York Times editorial board to hire Sarah Jeong makes you a small-minded racist. What it might mean, though, is that you’re more troubled by the prospects of authoritarian ideologues who believe speech is tantamount to “terrorism” attempting to dictate what our discourse looks like than you are about some media-generated panic about Jones.

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