Facebook Allows Deletion Of More Than 6 Million People!

September 22, 2009 at 2:41 pm (Christian news) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

The popular social network, Facebook, is now hosting Holocaust denial groups on its website. In May 2009 the website removed the explicit ban on content that is “harmful,” “defamatory,” “abusive,” “inflammatory,” “vulgar,” “obscene,” “fraudulent,” “invasive of privacy or publicity rights,” or “racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable.” The move has opened the door for creating groups which deny the Holocaust and foster hate and abuse at the expense of the truth. This change comes in spite of the fact that the company continues to bill itself as “a safe place on the Internet.”

But however offensive, inflammatory and untrue this denial of Jewish history is, the question at hand is this: Do our First Amendment rights apply to this type of hate speech?

Yes. They have to, or our speech isn’t really free.  The only exception is if that speech incites people to violence.

Of course if you are a Christian, you know the world loves to put limits on our speech. Anything to shut us up because as they like to point out, the First Amendment provides freedom from religion.

Except, of course, that the Constitution actually protects an individual’s right to freedom of religion; it does not provide freedom from religion. Likewise, it also provides freedom of speech, not freedom from speech as long as it doesn’t set off violence. As that great American icon Austin Powers said, “We have freedom and responsibility.  It’s a very groovy time!”

So, does Facebook have the right to allow groups to promote their hate speech and extremist agenda on their social networking site?  Of course they do, but with freedom comes responsibility.

They are free to allow hate speech if they choose.  But they must also be prepared to take responsibility if their site is used to plan or commit violence against any individual or people group.

After all, it’s a very groovy time!


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