In the later years, we finally see grand-scale action against hate speech and fake news. That is great. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, one-by-one, are forced by politicians, judges, and public opinion to reign in the hatred, theft, and nonsense. The US must now take the next (legal) step.
The sacred cow of Free Speech must be slaughtered or at least tamed.
As in the virtual world, also in the street, Free Speech can no longer be used as a fig leaf to cover up lying and hating.
You’d say that Free Speech is such a great good? That is only for those who support the democratic society. People who are against equality of all are no longer allowed to (ab)use it.
Because, a greater good than free speech for some is all people feeling safe. Equal access to information is a great good too hampered by fake news and conspiracy theories. And look what a phony inadequate deadly president the US got from all this anti-scientific, manipulative twaddle. If Twitter had banned Trump in 2014, he wouldn’t have won. If YouTube would not have allowed bigotry under Obama, racism and antisemitism possibly would not have spun out of control in the US. Think about it.
If what you say conflicts with science or truth, or if it makes certain groups of people feel less safe, you’re simply not allowed to say it. Go to therapy if it’s hard on you. Because your comfort to carelessly abuse your power of speech takes a backseat to everyone’s right to be safe and well-informed.
It’s high time for a new Amendment to the US Constitution. Unsupported convictions, bigotry, and other lies are no longer covered–even when you say you heard it from G^d Himself. The ‘good old days’ of bullying are over.