Gringo View: Our Free Speech Conundrum

We have to ask, where true power really lies in what we like to think is an open democracy. That a couple of unelected, hi-tech billionaires demonstrated that they could, on their own authority, virtually silence anyone they chose, even the US President, raises serious freedom of speech concerns.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - When Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and almost all other reasonable social media threw the ‘off’ switches closing Donald Trump’s access to his favorite megaphone platforms and his more than 80 million Twitter followers, this gringo cheered.

Wrestling these toxic and dangerous toys out of his White House and his post-White House playpen could only be a major contribution to our sanity, something in short supply recently. It felt as if the boom box on what’s been labeled the nation’s public square, had finally become blessedly disabled.

But in the ensuing silence I couldn . . .

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