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  • Title Your Post has been Removed: Tech Giants and Freedom of Speech
  • Author(s) Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
  • Publisher: Springer; 1st ed. (2020)
  • License(s): CC BY 4.0
  • Hardcover 305 pages
  • eBook PDF (295 pages) and ePub
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10/ASIN: 3030259676/B081V2LWMK
  • ISBN-13: 978-3030259679
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Book Description

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale.

While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, bullying, pornography, “hate speech” and “fake news” will slowly disappear from the internet - it enables tech companies to censure our society.

It is the social media companies who define what is blacklisted in their community standards. And given the dominance of social media in our information society, we run the risk of outsourcing the definition of our principles for discussion in the public domain to private companies.

Instead of leaving it to social media companies only to take action, the authors argue democratic institutions should take an active role in moderating criminal content on the internet. To make this possible, tech companies should be analyzed whether they are approaching a monopoly. Antitrust legislation should be applied to bring those monopolies within democratic governmental oversight.

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