“The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.”
One result of Election 2020 will be increased social media censorship of inconvenient speech. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc will please progressive government regulators by snuffing out speech that violates the progressive orthodoxy or morality of the moment.
What can we do? Repealing Section 230 is not the answer. Doing that would chill speech even more.
We The People established this government to protect our God-given rights. It does this by implementing laws and regulations, and we need a new statute that addresses the digital public square.
My proposed law would punish any social media corporation that violates our freedom of expression. Some advocate an expansion of the Public Accomodation statutes to prohibit discrimination on the basis of political party and ideology, but I favor a federal statute that more broadly protects all speech.
Corporations now own the digital public square, so they should be declared public utilities under the law, and they should be compelled by law to respect our God given rights of free expression, and the Public Square Standards would be the same as an actual public square: No vulgarity or pornography, no “fighting words,” death threats, libel, slander, etc.
The law should be drawn to allow the widest latitude possible for all speech that does not violate the Public Square Standards.
What would be the impact? Would Fundamentalist Christian forums have to allow atheists free expression? Must Muslim websites tolerate insults? No.
If you have a forum dedicated to fly fishing, you can kick people off for talking politics, or cooking, or anything non-fly fishing related. Such on-line places would fall under the category of private club or religious organization as defined in the Public Accomodation statutes.
If you are a news outlet, you obviously have editorial standards and laws to follow, and none of us have the God-given right to compel a publication to publish our work or editorialize in our favor. The rights of a free press are well established and this would affect them not at all.
If you are a social media platform that entertains all kinds of speech, this federal regulation is for you! You must honor the rights of everyone equally. You cannot establish your own community standards. You cannot tell the street preacher to get off his orange crate and give the space to someone advocating the destruction of the internal combusion engine. They both must be given the same opportunity to preach their message and attract adherents.
What say you?
Censorship: The suppression of words, images, or ideas that are “offensive,” happens whenever some people succeed in imposing their personal political or moral values on others. Censorship can be carried out by the government as well as private pressure groups. Censorship by the government is unconstitutional.
Public Accommodation: A place that offers goods and services to the general public such as a restaurant that is open to the public. Federal and state laws protect designated groups from discrimination in places of public accommodations, based on the premise that everyone is entitled to enjoy the goods and services of the public accommodation on an equal basis.
Through the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the federal government prohibits discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of the following: race, color, religion, national origin, and disability. The federal government does not prohibit discrimination on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. However, numerous states protect against age, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity discrimination.
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