Monday, December 13, 2010

Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility -

Interesting times; also see Facebook Builds a Washington Lobbying Team (Bloomberg Businessweek)

With Facebook’s prominence on the Web — its more than 500 million members upload more than one billion pieces of content a day — the site’s role as an arbiter of free speech is likely to become even more pronounced.

“Facebook has more power in determining who can speak and who can be heard around the globe than any Supreme Court justice, any king or any president,” said Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University who has written about free speech on the Internet. “It is important that Facebook is exercising its power carefully and protecting more speech rather than less.”

Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility -

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