#FreeSpeech in the News: Feb. 21, 2017

As the Citadel of Free Speech here in Cleveland, we work to protect and promote the basis of our democracy by sharing related stories, commentary, and opinions on free speech in the 21st century. Here's what's making the news - and what you should know about - this week.


“Overall, fewer than half of those polled agreed that people should be allowed to express non-violent opinions even if they offend minorities.”

Young people and free speech, The Economist


“From the platform that once called itself ‘the free speech wing of the free speech party’ these new tools mark an incredible turn of events for the company that just two years ago famously wrote Congress to say it would do everything in its power to uphold the right of terrorists to post freely to its platform.”

How Twitter’s New censorship Tools Are The Pandora’s Box Moving Us Toward The End Of Free Speech, Forbes


“If you live in Turkey we want to hear how the climate is affecting you.”

Erdo─čan v free speech: how does it feel to live in Turkey right now?, The Guardian


“Look, I think you’re colossally wrong on a number of things, but if I banned everyone from my show who I thought was colossally wrong, I would be talking to myself.”

Maher and Yiannopoulos Discuss Free Speech, Islam and Trolling: Liberals Always Take the Bait, Haaretz


“If Milo’s the poster boy for free speech, then free speech will lose.”

Free Speech Has a Milo Problem, National Review


“Thursday’s ruling was an important victory for free speech, doctors’ autonomy and gun safety.”

A Win for Free Speech and Gun Safety, The New York Times


“The bottom line is that when you engage in free speech online, you typically do so as a consumer of the platform you are using.”

The limits of free speech (when you have 50 million YouTube subscribers), Polygon


“In the latest instance of the corporate takeover of the First Amendment – and other constitutional rights – Exxon Mobil, the world’s largest oil and gas corporation, has invented a constitutional right to obstruct state investigations into allegations of fraud.”

Corporations like Exxon are using spurious free speech claims to fend off regulation,


“Free speech and free markets are both bipartisan values, and so the dairy industry will fail in its latest attempt to fight unfairly with its plant-based competitors.”

Free speech and soy milk, The Washington Post

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