Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices

Washington College: New social media guidelines are hindering student voices. “Students should have the right to post the school as they see fit. While some comments may reflect negatively on WC, they should be used as a basis for change. The voice of student life should be uplifted and heard instead of silenced in shame. The new social media guidelines are intended to stop harassment in its tracks and maintain a good image for the College, but students should be allowed to have fun with each other and make comments about their school.”

Pew: More so than adults, U.S. teens value people feeling safe online over being able to speak freely

Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): More so than adults, U.S. teens value people feeling safe online over being able to speak freely. “Teens and adults in the United States differ on a key issue tied to online speech and its consequences. A majority of teens ages 13 to 17 say a welcoming, safe online environment is more important than people being able to speak their minds freely online, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. A separate survey of Americans 18 and older shows that adults’ views on the same question are more evenly divided.”

Wall Street Journal: DHS Folds Disinformation Board After Criticism Over Threat to Free Speech

Wall Street Journal: DHS Folds Disinformation Board After Criticism Over Threat to Free Speech. “The Department of Homeland Security has terminated a government board formed earlier this year to combat online disinformation, after a range of critics said it could stifle free expression on the internet and had an unclear mission. It encountered widespread criticism from conservatives, civil liberties advocates and some current and former officials.”

Ars Technica: South Carolina lawmakers want to banish abortion talk from the Internet

Ars Technica: South Carolina lawmakers want to banish abortion talk from the Internet. “Known as the ‘Equal Protection at Conception—No Exceptions—Act,’ the bill would ban any website from hosting or publishing any information about accessing or self-inducing abortion ‘knowing that the information will be used, or is reasonably likely to be used, for an abortion.’”

The Verge: Florida’s social media moderation ban is probably unconstitutional, says court

The Verge: Florida’s social media moderation ban is probably unconstitutional, says court. “A US appeals court says Florida’s ban on much social media moderation likely violates the First Amendment, setting up a legal showdown over social networks’ speech rights. Today, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals upheld most of an earlier court order blocking Florida’s SB 7072 while a lawsuit proceeds. It directly contradicts a recent ruling over Texas’ similar moderation ban, setting up a split that the Supreme Court could step in to resolve.”

Techdirt: Why Moderating Content Actually Does More To Support The Principles Of Free Speech

Techdirt: Why Moderating Content Actually Does More To Support The Principles Of Free Speech. “Lawyer Akiva Cohen recently had a really worthwhile thread that explains why the entire concept of a ‘philosophical commitment to free speech’ is somewhat meaningless if you think it’s distinct from government consequence. The key point that he makes is that once you separate the ‘principles’ or the ‘philosophy’ of free speech from legal consequences, you’re simply down to debating competing speech and associations.”

Washington Post: Social media wasn’t ready for this war. It needs a plan for the next one.

Washington Post: Social media wasn’t ready for this war. It needs a plan for the next one.. “The moves illustrate how Internet platforms have been scrambling to adapt content policies built around notions of political neutrality to a wartime context. And they suggest that those rule books — the ones that govern who can say what online — need a new chapter on geopolitical conflicts.”

The YouTube channels revealing what ordinary Russians really think of the war: ‘I want to show every perspective’ (Independent)

Independent: The YouTube channels revealing what ordinary Russians really think of the war: ‘I want to show every perspective’. “…one forum – at least so far – remains unblocked: YouTube. And on certain channels, one can still get a glimpse of what the Russian people are thinking. One such channel is 1420, where a 21-year-old man named Daniil wanders the streets of Moscow, collecting pedestrians’ comments on the latest news. The channel provides a fascinating chronology of Muscovites’ opinions, especially because Daniil posts so often. Watching his videos, we learn how Russians feel before the war, after it starts, one week in, two weeks in – and in the meantime, more and more restrictions of speech emerge from the Kremlin, to which the pedestrians respond in real time. Many become more reticent, but an impressive few become bolder.”

News@Northeastern: Free Speech On Social Media Doesn’t Mean The Same Thing Around The World

News@Northeastern: Free Speech On Social Media Doesn’t Mean The Same Thing Around The World. “A Northeastern survey of four diverse democracies found that people in other countries differ from Americans when it comes to opinions as to how social media companies should be regulated, with respondents in the United Kingdom, South Korea, and Mexico favoring stricter content moderation than people in the U.S.—especially in cases that cause harm or distress.”

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution

Techdirt: Twitter Is Just The Beginning Of Jack Dorsey’s Speech Revolution. “Jack Dorsey has left Twitter, which he co-founded and ran for more than a decade. Many on the American political right frequently accused Dorsey and other prominent social media CEOs of censoring conservative content. Yet Dorsey doesn’t easily fit within partisan molds. Although Twitter is often lumped together with Facebook and YouTube, its founder’s approach to free speech and interest in decentralized initiatives such as BlueSky make Dorsey one of the more interesting online speech leaders of recent years. If you want to know what the future of social media might be, keep an eye on Dorsey.”

Al Jazeera: Social media giants accused of ‘silencing’ Kashmir voices

Al Jazeera: Social media giants accused of ‘silencing’ Kashmir voices. “A report by a Kashmiri diaspora group has accused social media giants Twitter, Facebook and Instagram of silencing Kashmiri voices in the digital spaces through the frequent suspension of the accounts of artists, academics, and journalists based in and outside the disputed region, a move termed by experts as ‘reprehensible’.”

Techdirt: Should Information Flows Be Controlled By The Internet Plumbers?

Techdirt: Should Information Flows Be Controlled By The Internet Plumbers?. “Content moderation is a can of worms. For Internet infrastructure intermediaries, it’s a can of worms that they are particularly poorly positioned to tackle. And yet Internet infrastructure elements are increasingly being called on to moderate content—content they may have very little insight into as it passes through their systems.”

Business Insider: A sheriff told a Wisconsin teenager to take down a COVID-19 Instagram post. A judge ruled it a First Amendment violation.

Business Insider: A sheriff told a Wisconsin teenager to take down a COVID-19 Instagram post. A judge ruled it a First Amendment violation.. “A Wisconsin teenager won a lawsuit against a sheriff and his deputy who allegedly threatened to have her jailed if she didn’t remove a social media post about her COVID-19 experience in March 2020, the Wausau Daily Herald reported. On Friday, US District Judge Brett Ludwig ruled that student Amyiah Cohoon’s free speech rights had been violated.”