Freedom of Speech and Social Media

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Freedom of Speech is important to us. It allows us not only to share our voices, but also to obtain and learn more knowledge from others. Social Media, in this frame of mind, should be a perfect platform for it, because the volume and immediacy of the exchange are incredible.

Yet in reality – in the name of “freedom of speech,” a large number of us still use Social Media senselessly; from bullying people’s opinions, sharing immoral jokes, spreading hoax, igniting conflicts to encouraging violence. With (human) rights comes responsibility, but in social media, where the interaction is indirect and often in disguised, how can anyone be responsible for what he/she says? If we can’t, is this how freedom of speech (in social media) should be?

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Ryan09
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Freedom of speech is freedom of speech. Social media is “just” a powerful tool that we can’t control; it is consequences the world has to face. Unfortunately, i still don’t have any solution to it. I think most of the world, if not entire world, aren’t ready yet to have such a powerful tool.

Kiran B.
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Evan Williams, founder of Twitter, said when he started Twitter, he thought once the people could speak freely and exchange information, then the world is automatically going to be a better place. Williams admits he was wrong, he admits the internet is broken. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, very recently admitted the platform has problems (bots, abuse, harassment, misinformation, troll armies taking advantange) and is asking people to help fix it and make it better. I agree with Ryan09, I think this type of freedom of speech going on now is the repercussions of having a platform that is somewhat… Read more »
Ryan09
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@Kiran B. Thanks for the information! I wouldn’t know it if it weren’t because of you. Cheers

SarBaby
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Yeah… When they ask its user to help fix it and make it better, they are asking for solutions, aren’t they?

Ryan09
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Then this discussion is matter, right? It would become an entry point for us “global citizen” to act.

SarBaby
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Absolutely Ryan09!

To start with, we can imitate the system of sanad and matn of hadith to safeguard the accountability of information / knowledge in social media.

Ryan09
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Interesting! From my understanding, it’s similar to the credit mention and/ or quotation in today’s terms. So we are talking about ethics here, but isn’t that the problem?

Positivity!
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It’s about accountability, responsibility and ethics. Yep..it’s one of the problems. That’s why we have to seek solutions.

SarBaby
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Everyone should be responsible for any information they provide, whether in social media or not. In any major social media (facebook/twitter/instagram/etc.), we have confirmed that the given basic profile information is true when we create an account. We also have to be responsible for any post published. Social media itself and its users will ask for accountability of any information that someone has provided, but we don’t know the difference between a false info, a fake info, or a hoax yet; and whether it’s classified as a crime. We need a system of regulations governing the conduct in social media… Read more »
Halim
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Freedom of speech in social media is emblematically shows dynamics of the crowd, whether the crowd of right or left wing and radical or liberal. Each sides keep voicing out their interest to public. Of course, when we seek a common ground, we will find some objections that shouted by both side. The problem is hard to listen every voice which it is an exercise to execute freedom of speech. So, how do we set “the right or wrong” as long as differences still be our issue in life?

Hartono
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Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean voicing out freely without boundaries, it based on particular rules which consisting responsibility and mutual respect. Unfortunately we don’t understand the true meaning of Freedom of Speech it self, let alone doing it inappropriately in Social media. it was made to socializing, if we use it only for giving hatred, we are not socialized people.

Melvin
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Well, I don’t really understand about peoples doing their routine on these days. Peoples are really busy looking their cell phone, updating status on social media and commenting without any considerations. So I think we really don’t comprehend about a definition of Freedom of Speech. Regarding hoax in social media, what people do in social media reflects how the society interact and absorb freedom of speech in wrong way .

Gesa
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When talk about freedom of speech, we always regard this as a discretion, even in social media era where each individuals has a free access to bring up their interest or thoughts, meaning it is our right to do that. Unfortunately, freedom of speech in social media often shows a lack of mutual respect within the implementation. If we seek a freedom in our life, first we have to give a respect to others.

Edo Respati
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Today we are facing a transformation of digital era, which in this realm there is a new way of social platform that we have known as social media. This platform became an effective tool to spread any kinds of opinion or information. Many people using social media to embrace their opinion in the name of freedom of speech. Meanwhile on these days, many social media users don’t show their mature attitude to implement freedom of speech. Spreading Hoax and hatred are used in the name freedom of speech. To me, social media users should have a credibility to throw whether… Read more »
Jaka
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What kind of credibility? and how can we conclude that someone in social media has it? One thing for sure, captcha test only eliminates bots, not mindless people.

Rama
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Freedom of speech should be controlled in social media. Ironic isn’t it? But i think there are two viewpoint that we can argue about in that notion. First, a third person can control it when things get out of the line. Usually the government has this role. In Indonesia those who spread false news or hate — igniting conflict, would be brought down to justice. Limits are made and power abuse that leads to citizen control has a chance to happen. Censorship is also part of this argument, China would be the best example by banning social medias and replacing… Read more »
Positivity!
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Rama, you gave interesting point of view.

I want to add about the third person. It also could be any individual to take care the medium itself to be stay in the line. Not necessarily must be a government. We could do something, from moderate harsh situation, verify false news to spreading peace.

SarBaby
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Do you live in utopia?

Jaka
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Hey Rama, i agree with your points, but regarding the first viewpoint, i think you forgot to mention Trump…
The problem is that almost everybody can access the Internet and social media. And the intellectual level of them are vary, wether the one who comment, the one who respond back, and the one who share.