In today’s society, social media plays a vital role in day to day life. Many people use it to share personal experiences, photographs, thoughts, and other private details about their lives. It gives people an opportunity to connect with other individuals around the world; individuals that they otherwise would not have met in regular life. Social media presents a great spectrum of opportunity for people, whether it be job opportunities or even free business promotion. But good as it may, social media can also pose a major problem.
Online media has limited restrictions, where individuals are free to post almost anything they want. This topic has always evoked mixed feelings, some agree with limited restrictions and some do not. One of the many that agree with these limited restrictions also advocate for even more freedom of speech. According to The New York Times, “The monitoring and restriction of even violent content can have dire consequences, despite being well-intentioned.” This means that they believe not having freedom of speech will result in negative consequences. Even though they believe this is the case, they still accept the government’s flawed regulation policy, stating that “it provides checks and balances between the site and its users”.But on the contrary, Honest Action believes that we should have more regulations on the amount of freedom individuals can have on social media.This is all due to numerous negative outcomes resulting from lack of restrictions being put into place on social networks. Outcomes such as cyberbullying, terrorists threats, livestreaming suicides, and people creating false identities on personal profiles. If you really think about it, if the current regulations put into place were that “effective”, would we be dealing with all of the issues we have now?
Other numerous sources have mentioned alternative ways for censorship without evoking the first amendment right. The Huffington Post mentions the idea of “self- censorship”, where individuals keep a mindful eye on their postings. But although this is a smart sounding idea, it still would not stop people from posting certain things. In a nutshell, people are going to do what they want, self-censorship can only help but so much. This is why we believe that more restrictions need to be put into place on the internet. It will greatly affect some of the violence and negative content you see on the internet today.