Online Censorship Is Toppling Statues That Haven’t Been Built: Op-ed

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To the victors go the spoils, they say, but in the siege of online censorship over freedom of thought, the statues are being toppled before they’ve even laid the foundation, and history is being re-written in real-time.

“We have found it better to trust the public judgment, rather than the magistrate, with the discrimination between truth and falsehood” — Thomas Jefferson
Social media companies like Facebook fuel polarization, and they were created for mass deception intentionally by design.

Their algorithms are trained to keep people on the platform as long as possible as they continue to amplify division, and the majority of the American people believe social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints.
As of June, 2020, roughly three-quarters of US adults said it was very (37%) or somewhat (36%) likely that social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints that they find objectionable. Just 25% believed this was not likely the case, according to a PEW Research Center survey.
Citizens of a free society can only make informed decisions based on the information that is available to them.
But when information is suppressed and skewed, as with censorship in the name of fighting online misinformation, then the people are stripped of their right to …

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