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Corporate Political Discrimination and Woke Censorship: Systemic Legal Change

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Jam The MF:
How to fight evil, without becoming evil yourself?  Hmm......

That's a good question.

Valatar:
The real issue at hand is that private corporations control the primary means for people to communicate in this day and age.  So while people can say, "Oh, free speech doesn't apply to private companies!", they have the de facto ability to stifle speech in the way that we engage in speech today.  Sure, they can't stop you from standing on a street corner and yelling at cars that pass by, but getting a message across to any number of people in this era requires digital communication, and the laws on the books do not acknowledge this fact.  They need to.

Ghostmaker:

--- Quote from: Valatar on July 18, 2022, 12:42:06 AM ---The real issue at hand is that private corporations control the primary means for people to communicate in this day and age.  So while people can say, "Oh, free speech doesn't apply to private companies!", they have the de facto ability to stifle speech in the way that we engage in speech today.  Sure, they can't stop you from standing on a street corner and yelling at cars that pass by, but getting a message across to any number of people in this era requires digital communication, and the laws on the books do not acknowledge this fact.  They need to.

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While not really a good thing to start with, the problem becomes squared and cubed when:

(a) you have private corporations acting as the speech enforcers for the government, which is precisely what's been happening over the last few years. There's a funny word for that sort of thing, you know...

(b) government entities also use their influence with corporations to help block the rise of new systems. 'Build your own platform, bro!' becomes a hollow reply when you literally can't, because you're effectively blackballed (and in some cases, shamelessly defrauded).

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