I think this it’s good idea for internet-based companies to exert their influence over evil.
The censorship of hate speech by companies passes constitutional muster, according to First Amendment experts. But they said there is a downside of thrusting corporations into that role.
Silicon Valley firms may be ill-prepared to manage such a large societal role, they added. The companies have limited experience handling these issues. They must answer to shareholders and demonstrate growth in users or profits – weighing in on free speech matters risks alienating large groups of customers across the political spectrum.
These platforms are also so massive – Facebook, for example, counts a third of the world’s population in its monthly user base; GoDaddy hosts and registers 71 million websites – it may actually be impossible for them to enforce their policies consistently.
- Tracy Jan, Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, August 16, 2017