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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Ana Valentina
Ana Valentina
26 days ago

I believe that in social media we should be respectful with other people and their opinions, but that’s clearly not what happens. When you start to discuss something with a person who doesn’t share the same thoughts as you, it will probably end with a fight. It shouldn’t be like that. We need to start listeling more and trying to undersand the different points of view we can find around the world. Probably, this will never change. I can’t imagine a world were everyone is patient and knows how to listen and reply respectfully. Maybe I’m wrong, I actually hope… Read more »

People
People
28 days ago

I think the internet is very good for several factors, but sometimes it ends up becoming a toxic environment. So, I believe that people should be careful with what they see and say on social media.

Bruna
Bruna
1 month ago

I think we should think before we speak and get to know each other very well, but unfortunately today, freedom of expression is almost nonexistent.

Alexandre
Alexandre
1 month ago

I think peaople has to think a lot before say anything on Internet or in reality

arthur
arthur
1 month ago

freedom of speach is very important to express your ideas, and let your opinion be heard, either in social media, or any other way you can find

Cleo´s student
Cleo´s student
1 month ago

I believe we are all reponsable for our actions whether someone can hold you accountable or not, the impact you cause on someone over what you said is on you, always. We have the freedom of speech, what we do with it is just common sense. All we ask is that what you say doens´t affect someone negatively or that it isn´t disrupting anyones rights. You can literally talk about everyting else, so why do we have the need to willingly say something to hurt someone else? it´s not gonna benefit you in anyway, it simply makes zero sense.

Júlia G
Júlia G
1 month ago

Freeddom of Speech is so important in social life because is ther right to expresses our opinions without fear. It is stimulated when people, through acces to information os social networks, it is exposed to different point of view on a certain subject managing to shape your own opinion. That’s why it’s so important, without this access people are subject to manipulation.

Ana Carolina
Ana Carolina
1 month ago

I think everyone is responsible for everything they do, whether it’s on a social network or in reality, because we’re usually aware of what we’re doing. Everyone has the right to express themselves freely, but we must also know that we cannot abuse our freedom of expression. Social networks serve as a way to spread our opinion, our knowledge, but we cannot control it, so there will always be bad things that are done on social networks, what we can do is to know that everyone has their opinion and that we must accept it . I think everyone is… Read more »

Laís
Laís
1 month ago

Freedom of speech is everyone’s right but it is necessary the we have common sense about what we are going to say. On social media, the freedom we are given is much less limited than in “real life”. It is extremely necessary to be respectful of all differences and to understand the barrier between freedom of expression and disrespect.

Larissa
Larissa
1 month ago

The subject addressed is extremely important and brings us a very important reflection for us as members of a society, we must always think before acting because even though we have freedom of expression we must always have empathy because as human beings we must have respect for the opinion of others! We have with us the human rights to have freedom of expression but that does not give us the right to be intolerant!

Marina
Marina
1 month ago

In short, freedom of speech is fundamental, as long as your freedom doesn’t affect the freedom of others. This goes to social media and personal interaction.

Ana
Ana
1 month ago

I think that freedom of speach is really important for us to express ourselves and expose our ideas, but we have to be careful of what we say because since it’s anonymous, a lot of people use the excuse to say whatever they want and that can hurt people’s feelings. We can and should share our thoughts but with boudaries, of course!

Halim
Halim
2 years ago

We as human of the world have to determine together the righteous manner and rules in which contextual rationale can be as guard to keep these principals proportional. We have to be aware that to comprehend value of Freedom of speech and to know the meaning of what democracy is not everyone’s cup of coffee. Campaigning the ethical Freedom of speech in social media, and gaining the knowledge towards the ideal of democracy with the simple way probably can stimulate the understanding of the truth in society..

Ryan09
Ryan09
3 years ago

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.
Kiran B.
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan09

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
Ryan09
3 years ago
Reply to  Kiran B.

@Kiran B. Thanks for the information! I wouldn’t know it if it weren’t because of you. Cheers

SarBaby
SarBaby
3 years ago
Reply to  Kiran B.

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

Ryan09
Ryan09
3 years ago
Reply to  SarBaby

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

SarBaby
SarBaby
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan09

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
Ryan09
3 years ago
Reply to  SarBaby

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!
Positivity!
3 years ago
Reply to  Ryan09

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

SarBaby
SarBaby
3 years ago

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
Halim
3 years ago

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
Hartono
3 years ago

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
Melvin
3 years ago

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
Gesa
3 years ago

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
Edo Respati
3 years ago

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
Jaka
3 years ago
Reply to  Edo Respati

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
Rama
3 years ago

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!
Positivity!
3 years ago
Reply to  Rama

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
SarBaby
3 years ago
Reply to  Positivity!

Do you live in utopia?

Rama
Rama
2 years ago
Reply to  SarBaby

We all live in a beautiful dystopia called Earth.

Rama
Rama
2 years ago
Reply to  Positivity!

Who should be the individual be? Should there be the internet police or guardian? Thats like thought control. But youre idea is interesting.

I propose from your notion that the best third party could be parents that guide their children through internet. Anyway, thanks for the opinion 🙂

Jaka
Jaka
3 years ago
Reply to  Rama

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.