Biden Targeting Online Free Speech
Article from Reason by Eric Boehm.
In an effort to force Facebook to change its policy towards negative ads targeting his campaign, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is apparently willing to trash the federal law that guarantees free speech online.
It’s the latest sign that even supposedly liberal centrist politicians are willing to join forces with the far right to rewrite the rules for online speech.
Biden’s campaign and Facebook have been feuding for weeks over Facebook’s policy of allowing political campaigns to buy ads on the site to spread possibly false information. In a letter to Facebook last month, Biden’s campaign called on the social media site to reject political ads containing “previously debunked content”—like a Trump campaign ad linking Biden and his son, Hunter, to corruption in Ukraine.
In response, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company’s policies were “grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”
Read the entire article at Reason.