Facebook, Free speech, and Online Censorship
Under the First Amendment, Facebook is not legally obligated to censor hate speech - but the Silicon Valley-based site self-polices in order to stay generally free of pornography and slurs. This month, these policies came under fire when a women's action coalition attacked Facebook for not removing "rape memes" - and advertisers got skittish. Are all posts on Facebook protected under the First Amendment? Well, they're still figuring that one out. Click on for a brief history of Facebook and free speech.