Free speech or online harm? The responsibilities of social platforms

Recently, Twitter took the unprecedented decision to add a warning label to some of Donald Trump’s tweets. This, naturally led to a lot of anger from the president, and a host of questions about the role of social media platforms as arbiters of truth. Trump has benefited from ranting on Twitter since his presidency campaign first began, and has long been given a free pass in the name of freedom of speech. Twitter’s position, like that of other social media giants, was clear from the beginning: if they intervened, they’d be ruining peoples’ right to freedom of expression. Recently however, they marked Trump’s tweets about mail-in-ballots with a fact-check warning and hid them from view. People still had the option to view the tweets, but had to go past the warning first.

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