Episode 206. The social media events around the January 6th storming of the US Capitol have sparked raging, divisive debates in the US. But the banning of individuals and the deplatforming of apps and groups are not new phenomenons. The Right of Free Speech that is enshrined in the First Amendment to the US Constitution is not limitless. It does have legal boundaries. And private companies, even monopolies, have the legal right to control access to their platforms. But does that make it right? Today, I will wade into this decidedly thorny issue with Troy Hunt, who brings a plethora of global technology and security experience to the debate.
Troy Hunt is an Australian Microsoft Regional Director and a Most Valuable Professional awardee for Developer Security. He’s a blogger, international speaker and author of several online courses, and he runs the very valuable internet security service HaveIBeenPwned.
- Troy Hunt’s blog on deplatforming: https://www.troyhunt.com/weekly-update-226/
- EFF’s take: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2019/05/censorship-cant-be-only-answer-disinformation-online
- Legal limits of free speech: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_free_speech_exceptions
- Listener survey: https://bit.ly/Firewalls-survey-2021
- Patron survey: http://bit.ly/Firewalls-patron-survey-2021