Should social media platforms censor hate speech?

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  • Should social media companies censor hate speech on their platforms? Nadine Strossen, law professor and former president of the ACLU, says that while tech giants have no legal obligation to respect First Amendment rights, she urges them to allow as much free speech as is feasible.
  • Those who advocate censorship on social media worry about the harm caused by hate or disinformation, but they never examine whether censorship is going to be effective in actually addressing the root issue, says Strossen.
  • Online or offline, censorship doesn’t work to make the world better. “Every hate speech law around the world to this day is disproportionately enforced consistently against the very minority groups who are hoped to be protected,” says Strossen.

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