Not sure what country you live in, but if you're an American, you're just an ignorant idiot who doesnt' know how his/her country works. If you aren't American, fair enough, let me see if I can point out some places where you're incorrect about how it works here.
But all these forums actually *are* public
No, they are not. You are 100% wrong here. Twitter is a private company. It is in fact you who are wrong here. You don't get to tell twitter what to do because you don't like it any more than you get to tell me. You don't get to tell me that I can't kick people out of my store for any reason, you don't get to tell twitter. They are a corporation, not public property. I'm sure you think its okay for them to discriminate against things you disagree with, but not against things you think are okay.
This is where you show us you're a hypocrite.
Allowing companies to censor speech will follow that same arc - eventually the government will be able to "request" that a site suppress some news article or opinion or whatever, with a wink and a nudge, and it'll be the companies doing it and not the government.
Businesses and the government censor speech ALL THE TIME. The FCC for example censors the speech that can be said on public television. BY LAW. Free speech does not mean you get to do whatever you want, whenever you want, whereever YOU want. We both know this, you're just making the choice to ignore it because you disagree in this particular case. This again shows you're a hypocrite.
Secondly, we don't allow a company to only hire whites (14th amendment) or only men (19th amendment), because that would be a violation of their rights. We don't allow a company to deny services to gays (such as wedding cakes) either.
And this is utter and complete bullshit. This IS CENSORSHIP, you just agree with this form of censorship. You are a hypocrite.
Why do we allow companies to deny 1st amendment rights?
Congratulations, you've show us you dont' understand any of the amendments you've listed, how they work and what their purpose is or where they came from. You need to go back to US History I in middle school.
To have those sections monitored and curated is a violation of free speech by the public. Companies shouldn't be in the business of curating free speech, and their response to illegal speech should be to alert the police.
Oh just fuck off asshole. Companies can do what they want with their property. You don't like it, don't use them. If the actual population agrees, the company will go out of business because no one will use them. What you want is to force EVERYONE to do what YOU think is the ONLY way things should be. You're just like the people you think you're against, the only difference is that you think you're way is right and they are wrong. Explain the actual difference between you and them, and keep in mind for everything you say one must be allowed to do, you're telling the other one they are not allowed to do something. If its your way, its cool, if its not your way, its hateful, prejudice, censorship. Hey pot, you're so black -- the little black hypocrite kettle
And just to help your ignorance, comments ARE moderated on the sites you mentioned and no not anyone can login and post, the very reason that you're required to login is so they can block you if they choose to via repeated moderation, so ... try again, and get a clue on the next trip by please.
We're rapidly approaching the point where *no* opposing speech or controversial ideas will be available
Yea, and its because idiots like you are leading the charge. You're just too stupid to realize it. Read what you fucking wrote. You're all for controlling what certain groups of people do, which is exactly what you're bitching about. LOOK IN THE FUCKING MIRROR.
I think we're losing freedoms here. Free speech means literally *all* speech, including speech you disagree with, or that disagree with you.
You should make up your mind. Re-read your post. You're calling for companies to be censored in what they can do, because you disagree while saying its not okay for them to do something because they disagree. hypocrite
We shouldn't let companies run public forums without enforcing free speech.
Yet we do. By law. The FCC censors radio and television already. OMG THE COUNTRY IS GOING TO FALL APART TOMORROW!?@!%!@#$^!#@$^
Except it hasn't. Because its not a purely black and white world like you seem to want to pretend it is.
Private businesses do not have to do business with anyone for any reason, even the cake thing you pointed out isn't finished, the appeals are already in process and it won't be upheld in the higher courts anywhere except maybe in California where they have a tendency to cut off their own nose to spite their face while lowering taxes and increasing welfare and wondering why they can't pay their bills.
It could be the downfall of our republic.
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You really need to learn a few things about 'our' republic, you've really demonstrated that you think 'our' republic is one that fits 'your' personal opinion rather than actually being a republic and representing the whole.
I realize you're not trying to be a evil person, but your rant sounds just like hitler and mussolini in the late 1930s. Freedom and equality for all ... of the people that agree with me and are like me. You're just changing which variables define 'like me'.
And lets be clear, I'm not claiming to be any different in most aspects, the only one I'm different in is this delusion that I'm the one that has 'the right way'. I'm just a guy who has 'one specific way' of viewing the world, and it may conflict with some others view of the world, so we all work together to get along and not fight. Some people will do this with me, you're probably one of those people that would get along with me even though we disagree and do things differently. You may not like me, you certainly are unlikely to 'hang out' with me, and then there will be people like ISIS who want nothing to do with getting along with each other and expect the world to all behave the way they define.
I know you don't want to be like ISIS, but if you listen to what you're saying, you sound just like them, only you want a different set of rules and don't accept any other version. Thats a problem you need to think about and resolve about yourself.. Does my post sound like that? YES! Its intentional. My post is also meant to demonstrate what its like dealing with a polarized viewpoint such as you started out with.