So much blame is placed on big tech companies regarding their tendencies to purge, silence, and censor users, particularly conservatives. This blame is correctly placed, but one of the reasons they feel they must do this is based on laws. While American free speech laws only prohibit things that can be dangerous such as “doxing” or outright threats, European laws go after a much wider range of speech types. They force these laws on big tech companies who want to operate there such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest.
And because these companies use the strictest restrictions to form their terms of service, the requirements of EU nations become requirements in America.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy recourse for Americans who find this unfair. Sure, there are proposed solutions, but all of them come with drawbacks. Some politicians have tried to “deplatform the platforms” to force them to either stop censoring, silencing, and purging users or remove their protected status as a platform, opening them up to lawsuits for content posted by users. But doing so would force them to split what they serve based on geography, which may sound like a simple solution but it would have repercussions. If American freedoms were completely applied for American users, then content from American users would be forbidden in countries with wider restrictions.
This wouldn’t worry too many users. In fact, some would actually welcome the change. America first, right? But there are other caveats. Those who access through VPNs would likely get clipped. Using a privacy browser like Brave? Some sites might no longer allow it. Incognito mode? Probably not. Traveling abroad? Sorry, access denied.
Imagine if President Trump was in Europe trying to Tweet and Twitter, recognizing his American account through a European ISP, blocked his access. The cries against tyranny would be unyielding.
That’s not to say we shouldn’t do it. I’m just alerting people there would be consequences.
This video by Reason breaks down what’s happening at the tech giants and why European laws are making their way into our terms of service with most tech giants. It’s an eye-opening report.
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