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Google's internal PPT report leaks: exploring ways to balance censorship and freedom of speech

via:博客园     time:2018/10/11 17:36:33     readed:350

A PPT speech file from Google's internal lab leaked, Breitbart News's exclusive lead in disclosing the full document. This speech document is known as


The document provides a rare and true look at the challenges and dilemmas that Google and other Silicon Valley companies face today, and how to manage censorship to block harmful content while ensuring that netizens are free to talk to each other in accordance with idealistic principles. Basically, Google asks itself whether it can protect people from the negative aspects of freedom of speech (such as threats of violence, false news, robots, malicious speech, brainwashing and election interference), while giving everyone the right to speak on the platform. Google pointed out that the Internet was founded on a Utopian principle of freedom of speech, and that much of it was based on this idealistic principle, which guided it to what it is today.

Google's speech notes that censorship can give governments and companies tools to restrict individual freedom of speech, but also points out why censorship is necessary on platforms such as Google Search and YouTube. PPT documents tell the history of the Internet, pointing out how some of the Internet was used by malicious elements, technology companies and governments can not solve the vicious consequences of the problem. Regarding censorship pressure, Google pointed out in the document that government requests for information withdrawal have tripled in the past two years, and why YouTube and Google search are now the biggest targets for requests for information withdrawal.

The document concludes that technology companies are trying to strike a balance between censorship and freedom of speech, even though the two are entirely incompatible claims. Faced with increasingly harsh criticism, Google, Facebook and Twitter can only adopt more rigorous censorship practices. It also points out that transparency, sustainability and responsiveness in the process are vital principles to address this dilemma, and that there will never be an appropriate amount of censorship to please everyone and to solve them at the same time.

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