Free speech on the Internet

Nilay Patel:

And as more and more speech takes place on the internet, the answer becomes more and more important: the future of free speech might have more to do with corporate censorship than the First Amendment.

Amazing how many people don’t understand the distinction.



  • Domicinator

    Free speech is actually the main reason I hate the internet. So. Many. Morons.

    • http://twitter.com/johndavidstutts johndavidstutts

      That be ture

  • Garry ladouceurg

    I connected my web site to google + dedicated to aggregates on a right wing politician in Switzerland who led the ban on minarets. As a lawyer I did all I needed to ensure that all was above board. I was banned after about a year.

    I am no religious. I recognized then that google is a corporate owner and basically can do what it wants including limiting free speech.

    An analogy…you can protest outside a shopping mall but would be quickly arrested if inside.

  • http://darcyfitzpatrick.tumblr.com/ Darcy Fitzpatrick

    I see you opted not to go with Peter Cohen’s decidedly more surly approach to sharing this article.

    • Peter Cohen

      Only by virtue of the fact that Jim posted his before mine and this thread was already generating traffic. My sentiment remains the same.

      • http://darcyfitzpatrick.tumblr.com/ Darcy Fitzpatrick

        Seeing as how there isn’t much in the way of “shit” that takes place in these comments – disagreements, yes, but mud slinging or flame waring, not so much – then your sentiment seems awfully unwarranted to me.

        • Peter Cohen

          It happens, and when it does, we shut it down. But my experience moderating forums goes a lot further than just at The Loop.

  • Matt

    I’ve always thought that the use of the word “censorship” to describe both corporate and government control of content distribution causes some people to become confused. They’re different phenomena, so perhaps they should be labeled accordingly. Maybe we should reserve “censorship” to describe the restrictive actions of governments and use some other term, like “horrifyingly misplaced power”, to describe corporate initiatives that bleed over into the public sector.