Freedom of expression – Big tech and censorship | Leaders

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Silicon Valley shouldn’t have control over free speech

January 16, 2021

THE FIRST reaction of many people was a reaction of relief. On January 6, 14 days into his tenure, the social media chairman was suspended from Twitter after years of abuse, lies and nonsense in the public sphere. Soon after, many of his pals and supporters were also shut down online by Silicon Valley. The end of their cacophony was happy. But the peace belies a limitation on free speech that shivers down the spine for America – and all democracies.

The bans that followed the capture of the Capitol were chaotic. January 7 Facebook issued an “indefinite” suspension of Donald Trump. Twitter followed by a permanent ban a day later. Snapchat and YouTube banned it. A host of other accounts have been suspended. Google and Apple started Parler, a small social network popular with the far-right, from their app stores, and Amazon kicked Parler from its cloud service, forcing it entirely offline.

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