Apparently France has had it up to here with the insanity that takes place on twitter. France’s Women’s Rights Minister (Really?? I digress…) Najat Vallaud-Belkacem has suggested that “hateful tweets are illegal” and the government should step in to regulate what can be said and what can trend on the social media platform. This pro-censorship movement might have legs in socialized France, but for many Americans, it seems utterly ridiculous.
Yes, there are hateful tweets on twitter. People say insane things, what are you going to do? Twitter monitors threats and abuses of its policy and usually takes swift action. However, in most cases, free speech is free speech, no matter how hateful or insane it might be. Do I truly hate rhetoric from anti-semetic neo-Nazis or hard core white supremacists? Of course I do, However, as long as they don’t include direct threats, they’re covered under the First Amendment.