FAST FIVE: The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On "What Discourse Should Be Allowed"

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The Death Of Free Speech: Zuckerberg Asks Governments For Instructions On “What Discourse Should Be Allowed” Authored by Jonathan Turley, I have written for years on the effort of European countries to expand their crackdown on free speech globally through restrictions on social media and Internet speech.

Zuckerberg told an assembly of Western leaders Saturday at the Munich Security Conference that: “There should be more guidance and regulation from the states on basically – take political advertising as an example – what discourse should be allowed?” He did add: “Or, on the balance of free expression and some things that people call harmful expression, where do you draw the line?” The problem is that his comments were received as accepting that government will now dictate the range of free speech.

What is missing is the bright line rule long maintained by the free speech community.

The desire to silence one's critics becomes insatiable for both governments and individuals.

It's about coming up with an answer that society feels is legitimate and that they can get behind and understand that you drew the line here on the balance of free expression and safety.

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