Is it censorship or a violation to constitutional rights when a privately owned company providing a service chooses to set decency policies? In a recent Facebook debate, I read a multitude of criticism over Facebook deleting a photo some deemed objectionable and others deemed humorous. The following are some questions that came to my mind.
- When does a privately owned company providing a service become so big that it is perceived as “public” space rather than a service?
- Why is an attempt to protect civility or decency perceived as a civil rights infringement to so many?
- When did the public come to conclusion it is a smart idea to save original data, photos or conversations on a server they do not personally own?
I have become a huge fan of using technology and social media to communicate with distant acquaintances and friends. I have found social media to be an enjoyable way to connect, but I always utilize the advice of my mother, my journalism instructors and my own common sense.