Hate speech and misinformation on social media are real issues. However, these issues are caused by the structure and mechanics of the social media platforms, which express the business models and philosophy of companies operating them (Google YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter).
Freedom of speech allows anyone to say anything, but no one is required to listen. Before social media, people usually spoke to specific audiences that had agreed to listen to them. A reporter or radio host spoke to the people who bought the newspaper or tuned in to the radio station. A preacher spoke to people who went to his church or house of worship. Members of a social club chose to speak and listen to each other. People spoke freely in the company of their family, friends, or other important relationships. As an exception, a village idiot could yell on top of his lungs in public, but nobody cared. Continue reading Social Media vs Freedom of Speech