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Leaked Google Presentation Shows Its Attitude Toward Free Speech
Nick Statt writes for The Verge, “A leaked research presentation put together by employees of Google shows the extent to which the search giant is grappling with decisions around freedom of speech and censorship.” The presentation, titled The Good Censor, leaked to Breitbart News, and it is published in full here.
Statt writes that “it’s a mix of findings and insights based on interviews and contributions from a number of journalists, academics, and cultural critics.” He continues, “The aim, according to the first slide of the presentation, is to ‘reassure the world that [Google] protects users from harmful conduct while still supporting free speech.’ ... [Google’s concerns] are mirrored by many Silicon Valley tech platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, that now moderate a large swath of human conversation. Essentially, the company is asking itself whether it’s possible to protect against the negative aspects of free speech—violent threats, fake news, bots, trolling, propaganda, and election interference, to name just a few—while promoting a platform that gives everyone a voice.”
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