Even America Could Descend Into Tyranny

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The Importance of Competition in the Marketplace of Ideas

Even America, which has a long history of freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment to the US Constitution, is continuing to learn, or relearn, the importance of competition in the marketplace of ideas.

 

Power of Mainstream Media Declines

As the American media loses economic power, with diminished resources — traditional print and broadcast media are in a far more precarious position than they were in 1970 — their cultural and legal protections have weakened as well. The public’s confidence and good will have almost evaporated. Less than a third of Americans express trust and confidence in the mass media “to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.” Politicians can bypass the mainstream media and communicate directly with the public through social media, Facebook and Twitter.

Two media lawyers explained in a NYT op-ed: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/opinion/dont-expect-the-first-amendment-to-protect-the-media.html?_r=0

Are Our Mobile Phone Communications Private? Is Trump’s Phone Secure?

Is Trump Tweeting From a ‘Secure’ Smartphone? The White House Won’t Say. National Public Radio. Trump’s unsecure Android phone highlights common security dilemma
In-DepthComputerworldJan 27, 2017. 

Donald Trump still using personal Android phone despite potential hacking…

Telegraph.co.ukJan 26, 2017

Use mobile phones as securely as possible – Security in a Box

US Considers Scanning Phones and Social Media Accounts Before Visitors Are Allowed to Enter US (Forbes.com).

Blogger Agrees to Pay Financial Settlement to Melania Trump for Defamation; Canadian Wins $65,000 in Lawsuit Against Neighbor for Facebook Post

First Lady Melania Trump has settled a defamation case against a US blogger who allegedly defamed her. The blogger agreed to pay an undisclosed sum and issued a retraction and apology.

A Canadian in 2016 won $50,000 in general damages, and $15,000 in punitive damages against a neighbor who posted defamatory statements on Facebook. Click.

A teacher in Australia won $12,500 in a defamation lawsuit against his estranged wife who posted on Facebook that he engaged in domestic violence. She was unable to prove it. Click.

A former high school student in Australia was ordered to pay $105,000 after defaming a music teacher on Facebook and Twitter, claiming she was responsible for his father losing his job as a senior teacher at the school. Click.

Facebook makes some effort to remove things that violate the Facebook Terms (ex: pornography, hate speech, threats, graphic violence, bullying and spam), but it’s often difficult to reach a human at Facebook. Details on how to report something can be found in the Help Center: https://www.facebook.com/help/www/181495968648557?ref=u2u

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