Do You Have the Right to Be Heard?

Ep.5 – Do You Have the Right to Be Heard?

Tim and Kyle talk about the light and fluffy topic of free speech rights, banning content, shutting down extremists, and deplatforming.

Episode at a Glance:

  • You have a right to free speech, but you don’t have a right to be heard

What did we learn?

  • Podcasting is one of the last mediums for truly free speech
  • Hate speech is hard to define
  • When you start deplatforming content based on what you find disagreeable, where does it stop? And who decides what is disagreeable?
  • If your hosting podcasts you need to be upfront about your Terms of Service.
  • To keep it fair, if you start banning content on the so-called “Alt-Right”, then you have to start banning content on the so-called “Alt-Left” too. But who decides? No one knows.
  • The solution to hate speech in podcasting is MORE SPEECH, not less
  • Nobody is listening to these garbage podcasts anyway, so don’t keep giving them more attention.

Additional Reading:

Industry Predictions:

Industry Quotes:

  • We have to uphold a free press and freedom of speech — because, in the end, lies and misinformation are no match for the truth.
    — Barack Obama
  • There is nothing I can say in this podcast […] that would infringe upon someone else’s freedom […].
    — Sam Harris
  • Countries that censor news and information must recognize that from an economic standpoint, there is no distinction between censoring political speech and commercial speech.
    — Hillary Clinton
  • There’s no fine line between “free speech” and “hate speech”: Free speech is hate speech; it’s for the speech you hate – and for all your speech that the other guy hates. If you don’t have free speech, then you can’t have an honest discussion.
    — Mark Steyn

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