r/technology – Facebook reverses policy protecting politicians from engaging in harmful speech


And I’ll believe it when they suspend someone for supporting fundamentalist theocracies that murder people for being gay and deny women basic human rights!

See how that works? Someone will always object to any political stance. There’s no objective metric for what’s “harmful” in political speech. It’s all individual and institutional biases.

This is why ANY and ALL censorship is inherently political.

FB isn’t choosing to be a neutral arbiter. There are no neutral arbiters in politics. They’re choosing to be political. The only politically neutral stance is to NOT act as an arbiter.

But now that they’ve chosen to be political, it’s time to regulate them like a political interest group or PAC.


And I’ll believe it when they suspend someone for supporting fundamentalist theocracies that murder people for being gay and deny women basic human rights!

See how that works? Someone will always object to any political stance. There’s no objective metric for what’s “harmful” in political speech. It’s all individual and institutional biases.

This is why ANY and ALL censorship is inherently political.

FB isn’t choosing to be a neutral arbiter. There are no neutral arbiters in politics. They’re choosing to be political. The only politically neutral stance is to NOT act as an arbiter.

But now that they’ve chosen to be political, it’s time to regulate them like a political interest group or PAC.

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