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Old 05-09-2016, 10:19 AM
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Regulators in Washington are showing increasing interest in tightening rules on political speech on the web, arguing that the dissonant voices enabled by "new media" have become too influential. If that effort is successful, experts wonder whether it could impact more traditional media as well, especially in how it relates to conservatives.

"The best example we can give is going back a few years to when the [Federal Communications Commission] was looking at trying to silence talk radio, which was obviously a realm of conservatism," said Drew Johnson, executive director of the nonprofit group "Protect Internet Freedom." He was referring to the agency's "Fairness Doctrine," which required broadcasters to grant equal time to opposing political candidates.

Democrats on the Federal Election Commission demonstrated a similar regulatory ambition in February, when they voted unsuccessfully to apply campaign finance laws, which are traditionally intended to govern paid political advertisements, to unpaid political accounts on Twitter.

"The Twitterverse has carved out for itself a unique and increasingly important role in American elections and political debate," Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub wrote in support of the effort, adding that she believed it "reasonable to count Twitter profiles as among a political committee's websites."

The effort failed narrowly in a 3-3 split along party lines. Had it succeeded, Republicans warned, it could have been a gateway to regulating traditional media. "Social media platforms as diverse as Facebook and Instagram to Snapchat and the New York Times comment boards would be swept into a cumbersome and often speech-prohibitive disclaimer scheme," the FEC's three GOP commissioners argued in a joint statement.

Some conservatives agree that the Internet has changed the nature of media, but not in an auspicious way. "We're not seeing the best and the brightest anymore," said Jason Lewis, a 25-year talk radio host who retired from his syndicated broadcast in 2014.
And remember folks this attack on free speech comes from the left not the right. It is succeeding on our college campus's, they have successfully shut down any kind of speech that the loony left deems inappropriate, so if we were to get another democrat in the White House and a democratic congress we would lose the few rights we still have left.
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Regulators want to shut down free speech because it works? Laughable but understandable. The left want's to establish free speech safety zones where no one is exposed to dissenting opinions. Prosecution of those who would dare to write "Trump 2016" in chalk where others can see it. They see nothing wrong in preventing, by physical force if necessary, other people from attending political rallies.

To remove the population from control of their own destiny, the first two things that must disappear are the right to speak and the right to keep and bear. Either is a threat to tyranny.
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And remember folks this attack on free speech comes from the left not the right. It is succeeding on our college campus's, they have successfully shut down any kind of speech that the loony left deems inappropriate, so if we were to get another democrat in the White House and a democratic congress we would lose the few rights we still have left.
so actually no one is proposing tightening of the web. this is a pre propaganda technique probably foreshadowing lies that people want to claim as real news or opinion
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And remember folks this attack on free speech comes from the left not the right. It is succeeding on our college campus's, they have successfully shut down any kind of speech that the loony left deems inappropriate, so if we were to get another democrat in the White House and a democratic congress we would lose the few rights we still have left.
It is always the left that attacks free speech that comes from the right. Part of the left wing political correctness campaign.
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It is always the left that attacks free speech that comes from the right. Part of the left wing political correctness campaign.
free speech is ok but if you want a government grant or tax break you'd better not tell blatant lies
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free speech is ok but if you want a government grant or tax break you'd better not tell blatant lies
I don't believe, Salty, that telling blatant lies negatively affects your ability to get government grants in any manner.
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Is online free speech under attack? Well, seeing we just recently learned Facebook is manipulating what news stories you see, I'd have to say "yes."
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free speech is ok but if you want a government grant or tax break you'd better not tell blatant lies
While I agree with you that the government should not be funding people or groups that openly lie, you have to be careful with that. There are things said that are opinions that others then construe as lies. It just depends upon who is in charge of differentiating those words.

Ask yourself this question, would you want Donald Trump deciding if what is reported on the news is truthful? That is ultimately what you could get into when you try to filter content based upon the honesty of the content. Who defines truth?
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