1.the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security.“the regulation imposes censorship on all media”
Should government control, even ban, speech that “incites religious and ethnic hatred”? Many governments in Europe have answered in the affirmative: they have not only criminalized hate speech, they are actively prosecuting – and occasionally convicting–artists, curators, and writers accused of stirring anti-Muslim or anti-Christian hatred.
In the U.S. things are different. The drafters of the U.S. constitution, haunted by fresh memories of religious intolerance in the Old World, were uncomfortable with the idea of governmental control of expression, whether political or religious. Thus, the First Amendment protects, among other types of expression, speech that might offend particular social groups.
The only exception is when hateful speech constitutes a direct threat. The creators of the Nuremberg Files, an anti-abortion website, for instance, claimed that their site, which featured a list of names and addresses of physicians (the names of those who were killed by anti-abortion zealots had a line struck through them), was entitled to free speech protections. Nevertheless, in 2002, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the website’s contents constituted illegal “threats,” not free speech.
I’ve read the ranting posts of many Republicans and other such types where they complain Almighty Facebook deletes and censors the material of Conservatives while leaving the ravings of Liberals unmolested. This is totally not true in most ways, but when Facebook will ban you for 24 hours after a post with the ‘N word in it (even when you are Black), but allow a post demeaning Trumpanzees, it makes you wonder…I think that this social media giant – which I truly wish someone would come along and beat the hell out of, sending FB to the realm of Myspace and Ning – is two faced when it comes to its ‘unholy’ Community Guidelines.
Now that we have a toupee-wearing bigot as President, social media censorship will ramp up and Freedom of Speech will become a thing of the past and that will be a sorrowful thing. Remember, Big Brother is watching you and he’s wearing a Yarmulke, doesn’t follow your Christ, and has a big nose!