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Week of November 4, 2019

Week of November 4, 2019
Posted: Nov 7, 2019
Categories: Poll Questions
Comments: 7

Topic: Social Media Banning Users Based on Posted Content

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Do social media companies violate users’ First Amendment rights when they ban users based on the content of their posts?

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7 comments on article "Week of November 4, 2019"

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Tomi Porterfield, 11/9/2019 7:13 PM

Private companies can control the content of their sites. Unfortunately, the media is extremely biased against conservatives.


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CArol Redhead (Carol Koerner on Facebook), 11/9/2019 7:40 PM

Facebook has locked me out several times. I have not been able to view any posts, or post anything myself concerning my and others' comments supporting Travis Allen for governor against Newsom, all polite comments, but not what facebook wants us to relay.


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Jan, 11/9/2019 10:09 PM

I have no problem with social media applying rules uniformly (such as no vulgarity). However, when the rules are applied subjectively, that's when it becomes an issue. These companies tend to label conservative views as "hate speech" even when there is no hatred involved. Yet liberals can call conservatives racists, misogynists and similar names without cause and without the social media platform closing the account for their hate speech. This situation is quite clearly a violation of fair practices, while technically not a first amendment issue since that applies exclusively to the government suppressing speech. But if conservatives are actually being penalized simply for being conservatives, it should not be tolerated..

Social media platforms attempt to have it both ways by declaring themselves publishers when it's to their advantage, yet also claiming they're immune from responsibility for users content. One or the other - not both.


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Nancy Russell, 11/9/2019 11:17 PM

Political views must be respected. Morality must be respected. It's the American way!


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Sherryl M Huseonica, 11/10/2019 9:54 AM

Being in the public realm, using a platform that is supposed to encourage everyone to engage in social media, the companies who choose to ban conservative thought, speech, or videos are wrong. Why? Because they selectively do that while allowing posts (from both Americans and foreigners) that use obscenities, vulgarities, and outright threats to people of violence or killing them, or calling for others to do violence. They can't have it both ways. They are discriminating specifically against a certain class of Americans.


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Katie Hendrickson, 11/10/2019 11:27 AM

I say yes unless those posts are threatening or spreading hate. Then I agree with removing them. However, these companies are not run by the Government, so they can set their own rules. I do think they should let those effected know exactly which post got them shut down.


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beverly jean smith, 11/11/2019 4:52 PM

If the content promoting or calling for illegal activity then it should be banned. Terrorists and terrorist organizations should be banned from social media

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