One of the main places that conservative free speech is being infringed upon is on social media.
Business Insider reported that a top Twitter executive said on Tuesday that it was “no longer possible to stand up for all speech,” just five years after a different executive described the company as the “free speech wing of the free speech party.”
These comments were made by Sinead McSweeney, Twitter's vice president for public policy and communications in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Here's the full excerpt of what she had to say:
"I look back over last 5 1/2 years, and the answers I would have given to some of these questions five years ago were very different. Twitter was in a place where it believed the most effective antidote to bad speech was good speech. It was very much a John Stuart Mill-style philosophy. We've realized the world we live in has changed.
We've had to go on a journey with it, and we've realized it's no longer possible to stand up for all speech in the hopes society will become a better place because racism will be challenged, or homophobia challenged, or extremism will be challenged. And we do have to take steps to limit the visibility of hateful symbols, to ban people from the platform who affiliate with violent groups — that's the journey we're on."
If anyone had any doubts that conservative voices are being silenced on social media, you certainly don't now!
The problem with policing "bad speech" is that different people define different types of speech as "bad." In the case of social media, the people at Twitter who will be deciding what speech should be banned as "bad speech" are often left-leaning and are offended by conservative ideologies. This means that various conservative statements often end up getting lumped in with "racist hate speech" and get banned along with it.
Those who run various social media platforms should not be policing speech and deciding what is good and what is bad. As humans, we should all have the right to say whatever we please, so long as we are not threatening another person's wellbeing.
By the same token, people should have the opportunity to read all different opinions about issues on social media so that they can come to their own conclusions about them.