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    ‘THE GOOD CENSOR’: Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for ‘Safety And Civility’

    An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the “American tradition” of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.

    Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a “blip” in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.

    But the 85-page briefing, titled “The Good Censor,” admits that Google and other tech platforms now “control the majority of online conversations” and have undertaken a “shift towards censorship” in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

    Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.

    Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.

    The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a “utopian narrative” that has been “undermined” by recent global events as well as “bad behavior” on the part of users. It can be read in full below.

    It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. “This free speech ideal was instilled in the DNA of the Silicon Valley startups that now control the majority of our online conversations,” says the document.

    The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the “unmediated marketplace of ideas” vs. “well-ordered spaces for safety and civility.”

    The first approach is described as a product of the “American tradition” which “prioritizes free speech for democracy, not civility.” The second is described as a product of the “European tradition,” which “favors dignity over liberty and civility over freedom.” The briefing claims that all tech platforms are now moving toward the European tradition.

    The briefing associates Google’s new role as the guarantor of “civility” with the categories of “editor” and “publisher.” This is significant, given that Google, YouTube, and other tech giants publicly claim they are not publishers but rather neutral platforms — a categorization that grants them special legal immunities under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Elsewhere in the document, Google admits that Section 230 was designed to ensure they can remain neutral platforms for free expression.

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    if you still beleive everything on the Internet in 2018, you have no one to blame

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    Quote Originally Posted by sesh17 View Post
    if you still beleive everything on the Internet in 2018, you have no one to blame
    And yet Google's own actions back up this story, so not so hard to believe...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stu View Post
    And yet Google's own actions back up this story, so not so hard to believe...
    not the story itself, when people beleive companies like Google Facebook etc send out truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by sesh17 View Post
    not the story itself, when people beleive companies like Google Facebook etc send out truth
    Yeah you have a point - when I was still young to Facebook I saw a story about Wayde van Niekerk saying that he has been caught doping and was banned from running. I believed the story for a while until I saw saw something contradicting it. Been a bit more vigilant since then.
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    Just because you have free speech does not entitle you to say anything and everything especially if its inappropriate and offensive (actual offensive, not this bull**** "I am offended you wear pink"). Ofcoarse nothing is stopping you from fully exposing your thoughts but there will be consequences. I'm not for censorship however some barriers should not be crossed and the problem is not everyone has the same barrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarBound View Post
    Just because you have free speech does not entitle you to say anything and everything especially if its inappropriate and offensive
    Thats exactly what it does... free speech has to be absolute, if its not then its not free speech
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count_Grishnackh View Post
    Thats exactly what it does... free speech has to be absolute, if its not then its not free speech
    True but there will be consequences. Although that has always been the case.
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