Excerpt from Hive
Written by Emily Jane Fox
Social media companies have long struggled with how to filter hate speech, violent threats, and terrorist propaganda online. On the one hand, Silicon Valley companies like Twitter and Facebook have a duty to make their platforms as safe and consumer friendly as possible; on the other, both consider a commitment to First Amendment freedoms to be central to their cultural D.N.A. In recent years, however, amid a rising tide of terror attacks in the West, technology companies have clumsily embraced censorship in the name of national security.
Those efforts, it seems, are paying off. In the last six months alone, Twitter has suspended 235,000 accounts that promoted terrorism . . .