Twitter Inc (TWTR), Facebook Inc (FB) Overreacting to Free Speech and Abuse Problem


Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) face a difficult situation regarding free speech and content removal policies. In the first half of last year, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) received no less than 8,000 content removal requests from 3 countries only. Being free platforms, Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) and Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) can be used by anyone. People around the world post content based on their choice. Twitter and Facebook are teeming with harassment, terror oriented content and obscene language. If the social media platforms take strict actions, they are sued under first amendment of the US law. An article on Forbes quoted panel discussion, in which an expert said that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and  Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are social media behemoths, used by billions of users. He thinks that Facebook is very strict about its user content and free speech policies. It removes the content if it is against any government, whereas the US law clearly allows free speech under some conditions.

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Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is also under pressure from the government because this platform has thousands of accounts that are spreading hatred, violence and nudity. A Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s representative in the panel rejected the idea that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) supports any request from governments to block the content. The company wants to, according to the Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) spokesperson, make users feel safe on the website.

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR)’s senior product counsel was also present at the panel discussion. He said that Twitter takes down content or accounts only for the users’ interests. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) and Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) are also working on smart, artificial intelligent systems to flag content policy violations.

 John Thaler’s JAT Capital Management owns over 7.3 million shares in Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR).

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