Anonymous asked in Computers & InternetInternetOther - Internet · 3 weeks ago

Can private/social media companies ban speech they don't like, or not?

Recently, we've been hearing about either private or social media entities (Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc.) that have banned either individuals or political speech with which they disagree.

There seem to be very persuasive arguments on both sides. Some argue that the answer is yes, since the aforementioned entities are all private companies and can set their own criteria for which content they will allow. On the other hand, others say no, since Facebook, Google, and Twitter, while still being private entities, are still open to and easily accessible by the public.

So, which one is it?

3 Answers

  • Lv 7
    3 weeks ago
    Best answer

    the law says that you can say whatever you want.

    however, it does not restrict other individuals from responding as well, including by banning you.

    because websites are owned by individuals, they are not as much a "public forum" as a privately run service that decides rules for that service.

    of course, you are always free to create your own social service and make whatever rules you want for it. you are free to do that, if you so wish...

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Yes.  They are businesses, not the government.  As such they can impose any restrictions they choose.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Yes. They are businesses who rely on advertising money. If the advertisers dont like what is being said they will not use the service. So it will lose money. So they have to listen to those paying the wages

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