Thursday, May 21, 2020

Not good …

… The rise of social media censorship: How YouTube and Facebook are trying to control information about COVID. (Hat tip, Dave Lull,)

As private corporations, the social media outlets are not bound by the First Amendment and can remove speech that violates their guidelines. However, given their reach and the growing political battle over lockdowns amid questions about their efficacy, their censorship actions leave them at risk of backlash.
Further, combined with the conventional media’s reluctance to question lockdowns and the failure of predictive models from public health experts, social media censorship may actually backfire, leading many people to believe they cannot trust the media at all and encouraging them to consider outright conspiracy theories.

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