Speech is only free so long as it’s inoffensive. That’s the basic premise behind a new bill being pushed through the New York state House and Senate:
The bill is being called “the right to be forgotten act” but would be more aptly named “you can only write things on the internet that the government give you permission to write.” The bill “requires search engines, indexers, publishers and any other persons or entities which make available, on or through the internet or other widely used computer-based network, program or service, information about an individual to remove such information, upon the request of the individual, within thirty days of such request.”
In other words, if someone is offended by something said about them on the internet, this bill would give them the “right” to appeal to have it removed. If a court determines that the speech in question is “inaccurate,” “irrelevant,” “inadequate,” or “excessive,” it must be removed within 30 days or the author of the speech/search engine will be fined $250 per day.
This is far different from someone reporting a comment for harassment on Facebook. This is politicians attempting to give the courts the ability to destroy the First Amendment and fine people for exercising their God-given right to free speech.
Also, is it just coincidence that this bill is coming out of Hillary Clinton’s home state just months after things said about her on the internet likely cost her the presidency?