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Your Post has been Removed

Tech Giants and Freedom of Speech

  • Calls for democratic institutions to take an active role in moderating criminal content on the internet

  • Examines the pressure on free speech on the internet

  • Details how the business model of tech giants influences their community standards

  • Explains that antitrust laws could be used to bring tech monopolies within democratic governmental oversight

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Table of contents (18 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xviii
  2. What Is Freedom of Speech?

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 1-8Open Access
  3. The Free Networks of the Enlightenment

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 9-16Open Access
  4. A New Golden Age of Enlightenment?

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 17-21Open Access
  5. The Digital Enlightenment Project Facing Challenges

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 23-28Open Access
  6. The Internet 3.0

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 29-42Open Access
  7. Attention and Dopamine Hits

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 43-58Open Access
  8. Tech Giants as Ad Brokers

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 59-65Open Access
  9. Improving the World or Capitalizing on It?

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 67-86Open Access
  10. Free Speech Under Pressure

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 87-94Open Access
  11. Nipples and the Digital Community

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 95-113Open Access
  12. Facebook’s Handbook of Content Removal

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 115-137Open Access
  13. Facebook and Google as Offices of Censorship

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 139-172Open Access
  14. Entrusting Government Control to Private Tech Giants

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 173-181Open Access
  15. The First Digital Losers

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 183-198Open Access
  16. Distortion of the Public Sphere

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 199-215Open Access
  17. Trust Busting the Tech Giants?

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 217-239Open Access
  18. The Role of Civil Society

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 241-260Open Access
  19. A Digital Hangover

    • Frederik Stjernfelt, Anne Mette Lauritzen
    Pages 261-265Open Access
  20. Back Matter

    Pages 267-287

About this book

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

Reviews

“This book is for media researchers who enjoy social media.” (Evangeline Carson, CBQ Communication Booknotes Quarterly, Vol. 52 (4), October-December, 2021)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Humanomics Center, Communication/AAU, Aalborg University Copenhagen, København SV, København, Denmark

    Frederik Stjernfelt

  • Center for Information and Bubble Studies, University of Copenhagen, København S, København, Denmark

    Anne Mette Lauritzen

About the authors

Anne Mette Lauritzen is a researcher at the Center for Information and Bubble Studies (CIBS) at the University of Copenhagen and is finalizing her Master’s Degree in Philosophy. Her research interests include intellectual history, human rights and the philosophy of technology.

Frederik Stjernfelt is a full professor of semiotics, intellectual history, and philosophy of science at Aalborg University Copenhagen. His interests also include Peirce studies, political philosophy, freedom of expression. He is a member of the Royal Danish Society of Sciences and Letters and has published, inter alia, his habilitation Diagrammatology: An Investigation on the Borderlines of Phenomenology, Ontology, and Semiotics (Springer 2007).

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)