Analysis | Tech giants banned Trump. But did they censor him?

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Analysis | Tech giants banned Trump. But did they censor him?

Under U.S. law, social media companies have generally been understood to enjoy the same broad leeway as traditional media in deciding whose views to air — and whose they’d rather not. Initially more laissez-faire, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others have taken on increasing responsibility over the years for monitoring their networks for misinformation, harassment, hate speech and propaganda campaigns, a function they call “content moderation.” They’ve done so largely in response to pressure from the public, the media and their own workers — not the U.S. government.

Go to Publisher: Technology
Author: Will Oremus