At Facebook, Free Speech Evaporates In Fear Of ‘Dangerous Content’

The decisions being made at Facebook's Menlo Park, Palo Alto headquarters impact whether free speech will survive in modern culture past a generation of further manipulations for political favors. (New York Times photo)

MSN – In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time.

The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed in societies small and large. But for Facebook, it’s also a business problem.

The company, which makes about $5 billion in profit per quarter, has to show that it is serious about removing dangerous content. It must also continue to attract more users from more countries and try to keep them on the site longer.

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