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Hey Neil, Several years ago I read your "Why Defend the Freedom of Icky Speech," and I've reread it & shared it many times since, but I'm struggling with it now. An Atlantic article today ("The Unsafety Net") talks about rape videos being posted & left up for weeks on Facebook, along with myriad graphic images of violence against women. I believe those should be taken down. Facebook often leaves them up & calls it "controversial humor." Where do you draw the line on censorship?


I don’t see taking rape videos down as censorship. (Rape is a crime. A rape video is not art or free speech, at best it’s evidence of a crime.)

I’m happy to defend free speech, including speech I don’t like. I’m also happy to defend the idea of curated areas. There’s a huge difference between prosecuting an artist and removing the work from public view, and deciding what you do and don’t want to see hanging on the walls of a space you own. Facebook gets to decide what they allow up, and they have their own standards and rules: making them enforce their own standards and rules is a good thing, not censorship.

(Having said that, I’m often astonished that people find something they find troubling, normally something that’s only been seen by a tiny handful of people if that, and ask me to go on Twitter about it, and send 2 million people to see it and be upset by it too, and then the people who sent me the link get upset because I’d rather let something die in obscurity than get millions of people upset at something they would never otherwise have learned about. )


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