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The NYT asks: How will Facebook balance civility and freedom of speech?

December 13, 2010

There is a great article today in the NewYork  Times on the efforts of Facebook to find a balance between freedom of speech and civility.  Facebook reaches so many people today, the article realizes the most powerful decisions on the issues facing our speech on the internet will likely take place not in the hallowed halls of the Supreme Court but  in the Palo Alto offices by these young tech whizzes shown in the article  below.      

Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility

Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Members of Facebook’s “hate and harassment team” remove content that is illegal or violates the site’s terms of service.

By MIGUEL HELFT
Published: December 12, 2010
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and chief executive of Facebook, likes to say that his Web site brings people together, helping to make the world a better place. But Facebook isn’t a utopia, and when it comes up short, Dave Willner tries to clean up.
 
Dressed in Facebook’s quasi-official uniform of jeans, a T-shirt and flip-flops, the 26-year-old Mr. Willner hardly looks like a cop on the beat. Yet he and his colleagues on Facebook’s “hate and harassment team” are part of a virtual police squad charged with taking down content that is illegal or violates Facebook’s terms of service…
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