Facebook oversight board member Helle Thorning Schmidt says that “free speech is not an absolute human right.” And that “It has to be balanced with other human rights,”
This comes just after the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki came out and admitted that the federal government is flagging posts on social media, for the platforms to censor. Biden’s Surgeon General also came out and said that platforms “are not doing enough” to censor “misinformation” surrounding COVID-19.
Our power hungry government has inserted itself into the realm of ideas as the arbiter of what is true, and what isn’t, and coerced social media companies into enforcing their agenda. The government provides these companies with millions in subsidies a year… so why wouldn’t they listen to their commands?
Knock knock, who’s there? It’s the first amendment.
Americans have the freedom to pursue the truth. Facebooks oversight board claims that free speech is second to “other human rights” no human, has the explicit RIGHT not to be offended. Jordan Peterson once said that in order to pursue the truth, one must risk being offensive.
The autonomy to control the worlds that are expelled from ones mouth in public or private should always be left to their own free will. Right now, we face losing that free will as the Biden Administration colluded with a body that already has a monopoly on ideas and information.
Allowing any person or group of persons to determine what is considered “misinformation” and what is not, is a slippery slope to tyranny.
Earlier this year and last Facebook censored posts referencing the Wuhan lab leak theory for “misinformation.” This rule was since rescinded, the theory is now widely recognized as a legitimate possibility.