From its earliest days, Silicon Valley has been animated by near-absolutist understanding of free speech. Other than exceptions for fraud, pornography or specific threats, the prevailing view among many tech platforms has been to allow pretty much anyone to post pretty much anything. These sensibilities are even enshrined in U.S. law, which gives companies broad immunity from prosecution for what their users post.But now, for good reason, the absolutist ethos is over.
"Tech Companies Like Facebook and Twitter Are Drawing Lines. It’ll Be Messy." is from the July 25, 2018 Tech section of The New York Times. It was written by Farhad Manjoo and narrated by Keith Sellon-Wright.