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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 1-8 Open Access
  3. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 9-16 Open Access
  4. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 17-21 Open Access
  5. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 23-28 Open Access
  6. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 29-42 Open Access
  7. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 43-58 Open Access
  8. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 59-65 Open Access
  9. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 67-86 Open Access
  10. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 87-94 Open Access
  11. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 95-113 Open Access
  12. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 115-137 Open Access
  13. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 139-172 Open Access
  14. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 173-181 Open Access
  15. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 183-198 Open Access
  16. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 199-215 Open Access
  17. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 217-239 Open Access
  18. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 241-260 Open Access
  19. Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 261-265 Open Access
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 267-287

About this book

Introduction

This open access monograph argues established democratic norms for freedom of expression should be implemented on the internet. Moderating policies of tech companies as Facebook, Twitter and Google have resulted in posts being removed on an industrial scale. While this moderation is often encouraged by governments - on the pretext that terrorism, bullying, pornography, “hate speech” and “fake news” will slowly disappear from the internet - it enables tech companies to censure our society. It is the social media companies who define what is blacklisted in their community standards. And given the dominance of social media in our information society, we run the risk of outsourcing the definition of our principles for discussion in the public domain to private companies. Instead of leaving it to social media companies only to take action, the authors argue democratic institutions should take an active role in moderating criminal content on the internet. To make this possible, tech companies should be analyzed whether they are approaching a monopoly. Antitrust legislation should be applied to bring those monopolies within democratic governmental oversight.

Despite being in different stages in their lives, Anne Mette is in the startup phase of her research career, while Frederik is one of the most prolific philosophers in Denmark, the authors found each other in their concern about Free Speech on the internet.

The book was originally published in Danish as Dit opslag er blevet fjernet - techgiganter & ytringsfrihed.

 

Praise for 'Your Post has been Removed'

 "From my perspective both as a politician and as private book collector, this is the most important non-fiction book of the 21st Century. It should be disseminated to all European citizens. The learnings of this book and the use we make of them today are crucial for every man, woman and child on earth. Now and in the future.” 

Jens Rohde, member of the European Parliament for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe

“This timely book compellingly presents an impressive array of information and analysis about the urgent threats the tech giants pose to the robust freedom of speech and access to information that are essential for individual liberty and democratic self-government.   It constructively explores potential strategies for restoring individual control over information flows to and about us.  Policymakers worldwide should take heed!”

Nadine Strossen, Professor, New York Law School. Author, HATE:  Why We Should Resist It with Free Speech, Not Censorship

Keywords

Anti Trust law technology Content Removal freedom speech Digital governance freedom speech EU law freedom speech Facebook Manual Removal freedom speech Facebook community guidelines freedom speech Facebook Content Removal Mannual Freedom speech internet Facebook freedom speech Freedom speech digital Free speech internet remove post Free speech digital society Government freedom speech Governance Freedom speech internet Open Access Policy internet free speech Politics freedom speech Tech Giants Freedom speech Twitter freedom speech USA freedom speech internet

Authors and affiliations

  • Frederik Stjernfelt
    • 1
  • Anne Mette Lauritzen
    • 2
  1. 1.Humanomics Center, Communication/AAUAalborg University CopenhagenKøbenhavn SV, KøbenhavnDenmark
  2. 2.Center for Information and Bubble StudiesUniversity of CopenhagenKøbenhavn S, KøbenhavnDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-25968-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25967-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25968-6
  • Buy this book on publisher's site