Social Media Should Not Be Censored

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However, in recent years the topic has become more and more heavily debated as controversial topics and social media networks efforts to censor them have become more prevalent. This debate has sparked the question of: do we as citizens believe social media networks should have the right to limit what it is we post and say on social media? The to View More »

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In an effort to create global standards for what is ok to post on social media, it has allowed governments of countries to request certain posts be taken own if it violates their censorship, which once again creates problems for people from different countries trying to talk. Facebook and other social media networks choose to listen to these governments requests, not because its right or it aids in the fight against oppressing voices, but because they stand to lose marketing in whole countries, and that would led to giant losses in profit. Due to the wide variety of different cultures throughout the world, what is seen as bad and good varies greatly between these cultures, this combined with the varying censorship laws throughout the world, makes it impossible to make a fair set of rules for which to moderate content on social media.
In an article written by John Hayward of the political website Breitbart, he talks about how any form of censorship, whether it’s against a minority group or a majority group, is still oppression, and that even if a moderator is hired to overlook posts, their definition of what is offensive and should be deleted will likely vary from another person’s (Hayward). In this article he brings into context an important view that is often neglected, and that is that a majority group can also be oppressed. He also writes that, “they think oppression against designated villain groups is impossible. They would laugh out loud at the notion that a “racist, xenophobic” purveyor of “hate speech” — with “privilege” dripping from his every pore — could complain about being oppressed.” This quote that the author says, talks about how as a society we have had instances where we ignore what the majority have to say because we think their problems can’t be anywhere near as bad as that of a minority group’s. While maybe not as dire, that majority group still has just as much a right to be heard as the minority group. By giving social media networks the power to choose what is right and wrong through their own definitions, it gives them the power to shut out the voices of both minority and majority groups. Another important topic discussed in this article, is that what is seen as ‘bad’ or ‘offensive’ varies from person to person. Hayward says, “We are told to accept this new, constrained view of free expression because only “bad” thoughts will be suppressed, but as demonstrated, the definition of bad-thought becomes elastic very quickly, and the ability to write those definitions is a source of incredible power.” What he means is that because of previous life experiences and beliefs, what a person thinks should be taken down varies from person to person. So, by Facebook designating specific people as moderators to review posts and determine whether they should be deleted or not, it gives them a power that they aren’

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In the article he talks about how censorship is needed because, “Freedom of expression means little as our underlying philosophy if we continue to allow voices to be silenced because they are afraid to speak up. We need to do a better job combating abuse without chilling or silencing speech.” However, Facebook has decided that ‘combating abuse’ is deleting the words of a person they feel has said something too controversial. If a

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