Facebook and Instagram recently banned a handful of accounts from those platforms. Those no longer allowed on those sites include: Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Louis Farrakhan and Milo Yiannopoulos.
Now, let’s make thing one thing abundantly clear: Facebook, who owns Instagram, is a private company and they have the right to say who can and cannot be on their platform.
The First Amendment does not protect someone against a private company but that’s not the argument here. It’s whether Facebook should’ve banned those who those individuals and whether we can, as a society, handle voices and ideas that might make us uncomfortable.
Facebook decided they couldn’t handle those ideas, fine. But those advocating for more of this type kind of free speech are the real problem in this entire thing.
The answer to speech we disagree with isn’t to cover it up, or hide it. It’s more speech and then going after those ideas to show why they are terrible.
Liberal comedian Ricky Gervais had the perfect answer to this debate of limiting free speech.
If you don’t believe in free speech for people who you hate, fear and disagree with, then you don’t believe in free speech.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) May 10, 2019