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This is not a tech problem, it is a people problem. Tech is merely offering a communication medium. These people are blaming the medium for the message it carries. It's like blaming the postman because you get hate mail. They are being supported by those who wish to use this as an excuse to increase state censorship and state control of the internet.

I oppose the current fad of allowing children to self-parent. Parents need to dust off those neglected parenting skills, find out what their kids are doing online, speak to them about the potential dangers of bullying and strangers (online or offline), and keep a check on their mental and physical wellbeing. Instead of leaving them to navigate their own path through childhood and adolescence and blaming social media when it goes horribly wrong.

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 Tech is merely offering a communication medium.

Meta has just been exposed for illegally giving the FBI information about its users for political opinions. So I’d say  “Tech is merely offering a communication medium” is long gone.

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GBR48 - This is not a tech problem, it is a people problem. Tech is merely offering a communication medium. These people are blaming the medium for the message it carries.

No. They're blaming specific entities who control huge parts of the medium

It's like blaming the postman because you get hate mail.

No. It's like blaming the Direct Marketing Association for allowing its members to to use the USPS to flood your mailbox with junk. (FYI, there are already laws prohibiting hate mail. And, nobody blames the postman...unless he sent it.)

They are being supported by those who wish to use this as an excuse to increase state censorship and state control of the internet.

Nobody is censoring The Internet. You will still be free to use the Internet to communicate any offensive thought you may have with like-minded others.

But, Facebook, Twitter, etc are private communications companies just like broadcast media, which is regulated and expected to operate with the public good in mind, in addition to being profitable. So should these social networking companies.

Regulation of corporate entities is not "state censorship", any more than workplace or product safety regulations are state censorship.

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