Did Facebook Censor Navy SEALs Over Libya Attack?
There are new questions about free speech and Facebook after the social media giant pulled down a post that challenges President Obama. The post came from a political action committee and it pegged the president on reports that Washington refused to send help to the SEALs who were defending the U.S. Consulate in Libya during the terror attack.
Judge Andrew Napolitano joined America Live to weigh in on the matter, and he said the posting is legitimate. "The president has claimed the SEALs helped him, but when they needed his help, he wouldn't provide it. That's a very legitimate argument especially at this point in the campaign, one the Obama administration doesn't want to hear."
To Facebook's credit, said Napolitano, they put the post back after the uproar. But, can Facebook legally take the post down? Judge Napolitano said the answer is "yes" because it's a private entity not owned by the government and can restrict speech that it doesn't agree with, or that could harm it's popularity.
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Judge Napolitano went on to say that "The beauty of social media used to be, and for the most part still is, absolute freedom of speech. Let the marketplace decide what speech is acceptable ... it's not the right of the owner of the platform to sanction speech."
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