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18.07.2018

Don’t let Silicon Valley play censor.

Social-media giants like Twitter and Facebook used to brag about promoting free speech. Now they say they’re taking on a new role — the speech police. Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million silenced in May and June, according to data disclosed Friday. The massive purge is to...
Time: 19:19     Date: 10.07.2018
Last US News - Opinion: Don’t let Silicon Valley play censor. NY Post 24 - US News

Twitter is suspending as many as a million accounts a day, with 70 million silenced in May and June, according to data disclosed Friday. The massive purge is to prevent the spread of fake news, Twitter says. But who decides what’s fake?

Democrats in Congress are encouraging the crackdown. They point to how Russians set up social-media accounts and flooded the Internet with phony news and inflammatory rhetoric in the months before the 2016 presidential election and tilted it in favor of Donald Trump. At a Senate hearing, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) ordered lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google to do something about it “or we will.”

Don’t be fooled by these calls to “clean up” the Internet to protect our democracy. Fake news, hateful remarks and Russians impersonating Americans aren’t as dangerous to our democracy as Silicon Valley’s misguided drive toward censorship.

It’s probably true that Russians tried to meddle with public opinion in Trump’s favor. But the Russians’ antics, laid out in an indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller, are laughably unscary.

The 13 Russians named in the indictment created thousands of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts and posted messages like “Choose Peace and Vote for Jill Stein. Trust me, it’s not a wasted vote.” This is the voter manipulation we’re supposed to be terrified by?

The Russian meddlers were mostly amplifying messages already popular among voters in an attempt to raise the volume of a divisive election — rather than saying anything new.

Mueller’s indictment says this tiny crew of Russians “engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump.”

The correct reaction is “so what?” American democracy has survived political dirty tricks by foreigners for two centuries.

In 1796, agents of the French government tried to tilt the election toward Thomas Jefferson by smearing incumbent Vice President John Adams as a monarchist. In 1940, the British interfered in the Republican primaries to boost Wendell Willkie over isolationist candidates.

Far more perilous to our democracy is the misguided expectation that global social-media companies should act as Orwell’s Ministry of Truth.

Facebook’s attempt at policing is producing comical failures. In the run-up to July 4th, small Texas newspaper the Liberty County Vindicator posted the Declaration of Independence, including its reference to “merciless Indian savages.”

Facebook uses algorithms to automatically shut down any posting with words that could be hurtful. So Facebook labeled the Declaration hate speech and took it down.

Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey is committed to promoting “healthy conversation.” That’s like colleges calling for safe spaces, and, in practice, silencing conservatives. It’s harmful to democracy, because discord and political controversy are what make democracy thrive. That’s why the Founders wrote the First Amendment, to protect unrestrained debate in the public square.

Social-media platforms should be the 21st-century version of the public square, where the free exchange of information and political opinions is guaranteed, not censored.

Germany’s learning that the hard way. A new German law requires social-media companies to delete questionable content within 24 hours — taking on a role similar to what Feinstein suggested. Already it’s backfiring in Germany.

“Legitimate expressions of opinion are being deleted,” says Bernhard Rohleder, CEO of Bitkom, Germany’s federal association for information technology and new media. Germans see their freedom of expression and access to information being curbed by global social media companies.

Don’t let it happen here.

Betsy McCaughey is a senior fellow at the London Center for Policy Research.

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