The U. Or masquerading under high principles of protecting public welfare and morals, it may simply involve a desire to protect the interests of the politically, economically and religiously powerful by restricting alternative views, criticism and delegitimating information.
There is a paradox and some uncertainty and risk for communicators, particularly those pushing boundaries, in that while most communications can not be legally prohibited before they are offered, once offered legal penalties may apply.
FCC v. Facebook : Among other things, the Facebook Statement of Rights and Responsibilities says: "You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence", "You will not use Facebook to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory", "We can remove any content or information you post on Facebook if we believe that it violates this Statement", and "If you are located in a country embargoed by the United States, or are on the U.
As shown by the example of Socrates who chose to die rather than to have his ideas censored or Plato who argued for censorship of the artsthe Romans who censored plays and banished offending poets, Pope Gelasius in the fifth century who issued the first papal list of prohibited books and the Inquisition beginning in indicate, technology is hardly needed to spur censorship.
Publishers and ISPs may be closed or required licenses may be withheld or revoked. The only reason to hold individual speech and information rights would be to better the society, a condition which would likely be met only in certain instances rather than across time, making the default a lack of freedom.
This is on of the great things about this country, the freedom to express yourself.
In spite of its dependence on government sources, the mass media may play an important counter-balancing role here, watching those who seek to watch. In the long run it is also difficult for censors to deny pragmatic outcomes and those which are empirically obvious.
This may be welcomed as consumer information or seen as censorship that can chill expression and create an undesirable climate, opening the door to greater control.
On a statistical basis the major form of censorship in western societies is self-censorship. Now censorship is accomplished through the altering of books, plays, films, television, radio channels, and other forms of communication.