Facebook Board Member Says Free Speech is Not a Right

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Helle Thorning Schmidt, a board member at Facebook, claimed that free speech is not an absolute human right.

Schmidt made this claim at a Politico Europe event, prior to being the Facebook board Schmidt was a Denmark PM.

From The Daily Caller: 

“How do you moderate content and how do you find that balance between human rights and free speech which is a human rights but also other human rights,” Schmidt said. “Because free speech is not an absolute human right it has to be both balanced with all the human rights and that’s what the oversight is there to do.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday that the Biden administration’s goal was to target “disinformation” on Facebook that might be discouraging people from getting the coronavirus vaccine.

While discussing Schmidt’s comment, Fox News host Tammy Bruce pointed to the White House’s plan to assist Facebook in identifying misinformation and argued that Americans might be concerned to see the government colluding with Big Tech companies, because they thought it would potentially lead to infringement on their First Amendment rights.


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